Commonfund Forum 2024: 5 Key Takeaways

March 21, 2024 |
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Commonfund Forum 2024: 5 Key Takeaways
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Commonfund Forum 2024 brought together 500+ attendees representing institutions with $890 billion in endowed assets in a 2.5-day conference. The event, themed “With Intention”, featured a multifaceted agenda. Sessions explored the global economy, investment trends, and strategies to help institutions support their missions. More than 45 experts from investment firms, academia, public policy think tanks and major media outlets convened in general sessions, keynotes, and breakout sessions.

HERE ARE 5 KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM FORUM 2024

1. Diversify with intention. Diversification is alive, well and doing its job … for those who practice it rigorously. In private equity, real estate, global equities and other asset classes/strategies it’s clear there are ample opportunities to diversify portfolios and manage risk in an environment in which some U.S. equities are viewed as richly valued and certain other assets, like commercial real estate - specifically office, are seen as vulnerable.

2. Invest with intention. Point #1: Active management is proving its worth in a world where expectations based on historical norms are less reliable. Point #2: The pursuit of alpha is not incompatible with sustainable investing, ESG, diverse managers and other forms of responsible investing. 

3. Govern with intention. Governance is key to managing the potential volatility associated with uncertainty in the economy, markets, technology, and world geopolitics. Governing with intention is the guide star for decision-making across the spectrum: from the ongoing operations of investment committees and boards to managing emerging challenges like artificial intelligence (AI).

4. Adopt technology with intention. Governing with intention particularly applies to institutional policies concerning AI and its implementation. AI has applications from web content to empathetic robots to predicting stock market returns. It could disrupt the workforce or make people more productive and content. Understanding applications at your institution and adhering to principled implementation can build trust around your institution’s AI integration. 

5. Partner with intention. Partnering around governance and investment management is on the rise, including the use of outsourced investment offices. Take advantage of opportunities to partner around investing, share governance best practices with similar institutions, and to tackle the various challenges facing your community or industry.

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Tony Ialeggio

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Tony Ialeggio

Chief Marketing Officer

Amanda Novello

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Amanda Novello

Senior Policy and Research Analyst

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Disclaimer

Certain information contained herein has been obtained from or is based on third-party sources and, although believed to be reliable, has not been independently verified. Such information is as of the date indicated, if indicated, may not be complete, is subject to change and has not necessarily been updated. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is or will be given by The Common Fund for Nonprofit Organizations, any of its affiliates or any of its or their affiliates, trustees, directors, officers, employees or advisers (collectively referred to herein as “Commonfund”) or any other person as to the accuracy or completeness of the information in any third-party materials. Accordingly, Commonfund shall not be liable for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of relying on any statement in, or omission from, such third-party materials, and any such liability is expressly disclaimed.

All rights to the trademarks, copyrights, logos and other intellectual property listed herein belong to their respective owners and the use of such logos hereof does not imply an affiliation with, or endorsement by, the owners of such trademarks, copyrights, logos and other intellectual property.

To the extent views presented forecast market activity, they may be based on many factors in addition to those explicitly stated herein. Forecasts of experts inevitably differ. Views attributed to third-parties are presented to demonstrate the existence of points of view, not as a basis for recommendations or as investment advice. Market and investment views of third-parties presented herein do not necessarily reflect the views of Commonfund, any manager retained by Commonfund to manage any investments for Commonfund (each, a “Manager”) or any fund managed by any Commonfund entity (each, a “Fund”). Accordingly, the views presented herein may not be relied upon as an indication of trading intent on behalf of Commonfund, any Manager or any Fund.

Statements concerning Commonfund’s views of possible future outcomes in any investment asset class or market, or of possible future economic developments, are not intended, and should not be construed, as forecasts or predictions of the future investment performance of any Fund. Such statements are also not intended as recommendations by any Commonfund entity or any Commonfund employee to the recipient of the presentation. It is Commonfund’s policy that investment recommendations to its clients must be based on the investment objectives and risk tolerances of each individual client. All market outlook and similar statements are based upon information reasonably available as of the date of this presentation (unless an earlier date is stated with regard to particular information), and reasonably believed to be accurate by Commonfund. Commonfund disclaims any responsibility to provide the recipient of this presentation with updated or corrected information or statements. Past performance is not indicative of future results. For more information please refer to Important Disclosures.