Investment Strategy

Tactical Allocation: Winning Strategy or a Fool’s Game?

Posted by Deborah Spalding, Kristofer Kwait on Oct 4, 2019

Topic: Asset Allocation | Investment Strategy | Risk Management

Institutional investors overseeing long-term pools of capital typically define their strategic asset allocation with specific targets and bands or ranges...

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Announcing the Commonfund Diverse Manager Portal

Posted by Caroline Greer on Sep 10, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

As part of our efforts to expand our universe of diverse managers, and ultimately, the number of diverse managers we invest with, over the last year Commonfund built a cross-asset class Diverse Manager Database of managers that we have met and evaluated. The first objective of the database was...

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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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Looking at Gender Lens Investing

Posted by Michael Rowland on Aug 28, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Gender lens investing has garnered significant traction in the last decade. Broadly speaking, gender lens investing aims to achieve financial returns and benefit women. Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), a key player in the rise of impact investing, outlines...

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An Investor’s Guide to Private Equity Today

Posted by Commonfund on Aug 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

Commonfund recently hosted a panel discussion focused on the current state of private equity and venture capital, with an emphasis on the investor’s perspective of the industry today.

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Emerging and Diverse Manager Programs: Worth Doing Well

Posted by Michael Rowland on Aug 5, 2019

Topic: Asset Allocation | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

In order to adequately and fairly evaluate the success of emerging and diverse manager programs, the term ‘emerging manager’ needs to be clearly differentiated from ‘diverse manager’. While there is no formal definition, ‘emerging manager’ refers to a firm with a cap on assets under management. This cap varies widely depending on the investing organization, but usually sits around the $1 billion mark. By contrast, ‘diverse manager’...

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Recession – Maybe This Time is Different

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Aug 1, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

The July Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting signaled the end of central bank rate normalization with the first rate cut in more than a decade . . .

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CIO Roundtable: The Past, Present and Future of Endowment Investing

Posted by Commonfund on May 20, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy

Fiduciaries of nonprofit organizations are entrusted with fulfilling the missions of their organizations in large part through effective stewardship of financial assets. In the 50 years since the Ford Foundation published their game-changing reports, perpetual investing has evolved to include every asset class and strategy. In this Commonfund Forum session, our distinguished panel of CIOs will share their perspectives on portfolio management, the efficacy of the endowment model today and how the leaders of institutions can meet the challenge of stewarding capital into the next 50 years and beyond.

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Commonfund Manager Spotlight | Brightwood Capital Advisors

Posted by Commonfund on Mar 6, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy

Commonfund's Caroline Greer interviews Sengal Selassie, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Brightwood Capital Advisors in this Commonfund Manager Spotlight.

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The Fallacy of Manager Diversification – How “Horse Races” Can Increase, Not Reduce Risk

Posted by Keith Luke on Mar 5, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy

On the surface, hiring two (or more) multi-asset managers to manage an entire portfolio may seem like a good idea. Intuitively, it would seem to...

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