The asset management firm BlackRock Inc. is trying to expand its business by marketing the proprietary trade processing and risk management technology platform, BlackRock Solutions, that it has used internally for 12 years.

BlackRock, which is part of PNC Financial Services Group Inc. and is majority-owned by the Pittsburgh banking company and BlackRock employees, has $177 billion of assets under management. It built BlackRock Solutions, said president Ralph Schlosstein, because no system on the market fit its investing strategy well.

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