In 2016, BlackRock launched the BlackRock Retirement Institute, a global thought-leadership platform that extends the firm’s industry-leading efforts to help clients and the broader community to make better decisions about retirement and longevity. Through BRI, BlackRock sought the views of experts—inside and outside the financial services sector— to create and amplify the best thinking on retirement and longevity. Geared towards the professional community—including financial advisors, plan sponsors, regulators, and elected officials—BRI took the lead in explaining the ins-and-outs of retirement investing and the various options individuals, businesses, and policy-makers face when planning for retirement. Because the retirement challenge is about more than money, and BRI’s mandate extended far beyond the details of financial planning. Its mission was to think about the broad matrix of factors that affect retirement security in the U.S. and around the world.