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BlackRock's Fink: Robots Will Supplement Humans In Stock Picking

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BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK), the world's largest asset manager with trillions of dollars under management, shocked many last month when the company said it will use replace certain money managers with machines. Larry Fink, BlackRock's CEO, was a guest on CNBC's "Squawk Box" segment Monday to talk about the decision.

Fink explained that the investment decision process is a lot different today than it has been in the past given the tremendous trove of information available. But for the time being at least, machines aren't yet able to dissect all of this data to come up with a superior performance versus human analysts.

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Fink did emphasize the fact that BlackRock isn't replacing humans with machines, rather the company is merely looking to better make use of the trove of information available to give humans better ideas and options.

"Very fast computers can analyze blogs, analyze all the feeds on the internet to come up with different nuances, different fields of information," Fink said. "So basically, [it's] a recognition there are more sources of information and requires very fast computing, it requires model analysis and deep data analysis."

Bottom line, Fink believes money managers still have "more to learn" from the use of machine technology and this could lead to better investment ideas.

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