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Video: Year-End Update and 2020 Investment Outlook

Posted by Commonfund on Jan 2, 2020

Topic: Uncategorized

After years of low interest rates, low volatility and rising stock markets, we saw little change in each of these areas in 2019 -- despite the late stage of the economic cycle and an abrupt turn in interest rate policy by the Federal Reserve. Our Outlook, titled "The Song Remains the Same", provides our views on the markets and how to position investment portfolios going forward.

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Year-End Update and 2020 Investment Outlook

Posted by Commonfund on Jan 2, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

As another year draws to a close, we reflect on the last twelve months and see that once again the markets rallied, the domestic economy remained resilient, and the world continued to spin. While occasional bouts of volatility and unsettling news flow briefly rattled investors in both late spring and summer, one tune continued to play in our head… “The Song Remains the Same” by Led Zeppelin.

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Integrating ESG into Private Equity Portfolios – What Questions to Ask

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 27, 2019

Topic: Private Capital | Responsible Investing

Many investors, particularly nonprofits, are seeking to align their investment portfolio with the mission of their organization. Following are examples of the questions that we ask managers as part of the process. Your organization may want to consider using these or other questions to integrate ESG into your private equity portfolio.

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Three New Members Appointed to Board of Trustees

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 19, 2019

Topic: People announced the appointment of Nicole Arnaboldi, Mamak Shahbazi and David Thomas to the firm’s Board of Trustees. Ms. Arnaboldi, Ms. Shahbazi and Mr. Thomas will officially join the Board at the end of 2019 and will serve until December 2022. “We are thrilled to add three outstanding new members to Commonfund’s Board of Trustees. Nicole, Mamak and David bring a wealth of relevant industry expertise and prior board experience to Commonfund,” added Bob Litterman, Chairman of the Commonfund Board of Trustees.

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Emerging Markets Private Capital —
A Focus on China

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 4, 2019

Topic: Private Capital

At Commonfund we believe portfolios are incomplete without meaningful emerging market exposure, in both private and public emerging markets. In private markets, that exposure focuses on new-economy companies—small, growing businesses that take advantage of domestic growth and consumption. We see the rising consumer as a key story in these markets and we recently sat down with Jui Tan, BlueRun Ventures China founder and Manager Partners to focus on emerging markets private capital in China.

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Commonfund Forum Goes Global

Posted by Commonfund on Oct 28, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary | Private Capital

During the week of October 14th, 2019 Commonfund Institute hosted our first Forum outside of the United States in Tokyo, Japan.

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Your Video Guide to Investment Outsourcing

Posted by Commonfund on Oct 25, 2019

Topic: Outsourced Investing

Watch this short video on investment outsourcing by Keith Luke as he discusses the growth of the outsourced-CIO industry and steps for institutions to take when implementing an outsourced CIO.

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Three Ways to Structure Your Private Capital Portfolio

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 27, 2019

Topic: Private Capital

Investors need to consider both internal and external factors in deciding how to structure a private capital portfolio. Finding a structure that matches your organization’s skills, resources and risk tolerance is important. Here are three alternatives to consider....

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Outsourcing: Writing Your RFP

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 23, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Outsourced Investing

Once an institution decides to pursue the outsourced CIO or investment office option, it usually leads to the creation of a request for proposal, or RFP...

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Commonfund Launches Diverse Manager Portal

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 10, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Commonfund Launches Diverse Manager Portal to Broaden Client Access to Diverse Investment. Designed specifically to receive due diligence materials from women and minority managers investing...

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