Industry Knowledge

2018 HEPI Report Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Dec 10, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data from the annual Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) show that inflation for U.S. colleges and universities rose 2.8 percent in fiscal year 2018, a decline from last fiscal year’s 3.3 percent rate but higher than...

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Commonfund Forum 2019

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Nov 28, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Provocative discussion and debate on investment and governance issues that will help one make better decisions - and make a difference for your institution.

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Viewpoint:
The Long of It

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 17, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

Endowments, like the organizations they support, are generally intended to operate in perpetuity. To accomplish this goal, those responsible for endowments—trustees or directors—make decisions based not on myopic thinking or daily machinations in the financial markets, but on the unique...

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7 Major Findings – Commonfund Benchmarks Study of Healthcare Organizations

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 11, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Participants in the latest Commonfund Benchmarks Study® of Healthcare Organizations reported an average investable asset pool of $2.1 billion as of December 31, 2017, and median investable assets of $987.0 million as of the same date. The Study separates data from the 56 participants into three size cohorts: institutions with investable assets over $1 billion; those with investable assets between $501 million and $1 billion; and those with investable assets under $501 million. Following is a summary of the major findings in the report.

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2017 CSHO Study of Healthcare Organizations Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 11, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

The 56 nonprofit healthcare organizations participating in the 2016-2017 Commonfund Benchmarks Study® Healthcare Organizations Report reported a return on investable assets of 13.2 percent for 2017, the highest return since 13.3 percent reported for 2013...

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Viewpoint: The Gift of (Relative) Calm

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 16, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

The calamities known as the financial crisis and Great Recession are now a decade in the past. But far from fading into history, the memories remain fresh. And we are reminded of those days regularly (headline from a recent New York Times: “Biggest Banks Easily Pass Fed Stress Test").

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2017 CCSF Study Results Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 9, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Data gathered in the 2017 Council on Foundations–Commonfund Study of Investment of Endowments for Private and Community Foundations® (CCSF) show that participating private and community foundations realized significantly higher investment returns for the 2017 fiscal year (January 1 – December 31, 2017) than they did in FY2016. Participating private foundations reported an average FY2017 return of 15.0 percent compared with 6.4 percent in FY2016. Participating community foundations reported an average return of 15.1 percent for FY2017, up from 7.3 percent in FY2016.

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Wage Inflation: Is it Different This Time?

Posted by Ryan Driscoll, Kristofer Kwait on Jul 13, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Market Commentary

The Federal Reserve Governors have been waiting patiently for a meaningful jump in inflation to validate the removal of historically low interest rates that laid the foundation for the economic recovery since the financial crisis. And . . . while The Fed continues to wait . . .

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The Four P’s of Investment Decisions:
Lessons from the Commonfund Institute

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Jul 12, 2018

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Three days after becoming Executive Director of the Commonfund Institute, I found myself giving welcoming remarks at our annual program. The agenda focused on the key responsibilities and decisions fiduciaries make, starting with policy decisions and leading into execution. The most important lessons I learned ...

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Inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report and 2018 Mid-Year Letter

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson, Commonfund on Jul 12, 2018

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

We are pleased to share with you our inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report. Since our founding in 1971, Commonfund has pursued a singular mission – to enhance the financial resources of our clients by delivering exceptional performance, service and insight. Beyond our focus on investment excellence . . .

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