Industry Knowledge

Investment Manager Fees Part II: Creating Alignment

Posted by Kristofer Kwait on Jun 17, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

A favorable fee arrangement should make sense and foster positive outcomes for both our clients and managers. One approach might be to pay for...

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Nonprofit Hospitals –
Big Business in Nonprofit Clothing?

Posted by George Suttles on Jun 17, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Studies have shown that some nonprofit hospitals do not act like nonprofits, especially when the economy is doing poorly. As nonprofit hospital’s finances get more challenging, they may not be willing to offer services that are less profitable but greatly needed. This is Part Two in our three-part series of thought pieces, in which the Commonfund Institute will contemplate ever evolving ethical considerations among nonprofit institutions pulled right from current events.

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Summer Reading from the Stewardship Academy Faculty

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Jun 11, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

As the last week of June approaches, investment stewards begin to prepare for summer - a time for relaxing, reflecting, and reading. We asked faculty members from the Investment Stewardship Academy, being held at the Yale School of Management from June 24-28th, to recommend books that you should have on your summer reading list. Whether you prefer hardcover or digital, poolside or portside, learning or escaping, our faculty has a great book or two for you.

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Museums and Cultural Institutions

Posted by George Suttles on Jun 5, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Recently, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it would no longer take donations from members of the Sackler family, the ultra-high net worth family that owns the large pharmaceutical company responsible for Oxycontin. Although public scrutiny of trustees and politically driven protests of museums are not new, a mainstream museum or cultural institution outright refusing to accept a gift that is deemed misaligned with its values is exceptional. The current socio-political climate have magnified scrutiny and increased the importance of ethical considerations of stewardship..

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Commonfund Forum: A Carbon Neutral Event in 2019

Posted by Tony Ialeggio on May 23, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

As part of our commitment to sustainability, we made our annual client conference, Commonfund Forum, a carbon neutral event for the first time in 2019...

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Investment Manager Fees: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Posted by John Delano, Kristofer Kwait on May 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

One of the most pressing questions facing fiduciaries is that of investment management fees. We think it is a healthy and necessary discussion...

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First 2019 HEPI Estimate at 2.6%

Posted by Commonfund on May 15, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Commonfund Institute today announced that the first 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.6 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through April 30, 2019.

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Higher Education Price Index 2019 Estimate Released

Posted by Commonfund Institute on May 15, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Now available for download: The first 2019 estimate for the Commonfund Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) indicates inflation for U.S. colleges and universities is forecasted to rise 2.6 percent in fiscal year 2019, based on data available year-to-date through April 30, 2019. The HEPI estimate is calculated with available year-to-date data points coupled with a forecast of remaining numbers based on historical data.

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Taking a Fresh Look at Spending Models

Posted by Commonfund on May 14, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Investors have limited control over the returns their portfolios generate. They do however have more control over their spending. That doesn't make it easy. Commonfund experts take a look a various spending models in this Forum 2019 session.

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Surprising Stewardship Lessons from the Miracle on the Hudson

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on May 13, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

“When you’ve suffered a complete loss of engine thrust over the largest city in America, you must act quickly and independently to address..."

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