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Hypothetical Portfolios and Hypothetical Results | Generally
Benchmarks and Financial Indices
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Commonly Used Indices
Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (“TIPS”)
Bloomberg Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index
Bloomberg Commodity Index (“BCOM”)
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year US Treasury Index
Citigroup World Government Bond Index (“WGBI”)
CS Leveraged Loan Index
Dow Jones U.S. Select Real Estate Securities Index (“RESI”)
HFRI Monthly Indices (“HFRI”)
ICE Bo/AML 9-12 Month US Treasury Bill Index
MSCI ACWI Index
MSCI ACWI ex USA net Index
MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East)
MSCI Emerging Markets Index
MSCI US REIT Index
Russell 2000 Index
Russell 3000 Index
S&P 500 Index
S&P Global Natural Resources Index
S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index
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Survey Rankings and Awards
The Commonfund rankings and awards cited may not be representative of any one investor’s or client’s experience and are not indicative of future performance. In addition:
With regard to the Market Strategies International Cogent Reports™ study, US Institutional Brandscape February 2018 (the “2018 Cogent Survey”), Commonfund did not pay a fee to be included in such survey. The Commonfund ranking(s) cited are based on responses from all non-profit participants in the 2018 Cogent Survey, to questions in which they were asked to rank 55 asset managers on various brand attributes. The results were reported by Cogent based on four groups of respondents: Pension <$500M, Pension $500M+, Non-Profit <$500M, Non-Profit $500+. The 2018 Cogent Survey was fielded online October 13, 2017 to November 28, 2017 and 371 investors with $100 million or more in institutional investable assets participated in the survey. Survey participants were required to play a direct role in the evaluation and selection of investments or asset managers within their organization. In determining the sampling frame for this study, Cogent indicated that it relied upon Standard & Poor’s Money Market Directories (MMD) database of institutional investors. MMD supplied Cogent with a list of contacts at pensions and non-profits with a minimum of $100 million in investable assets. Cogent further reported that, to ensure the population for this research was representative of the universe of institutional investors, strict quotas were established by Cogent based upon a nested classification of institutional investor by category and size of assets. It also represented that data were weighted to be representative of the distribution of institutions by asset size and category according to the most recent MMD data. Cogent also reports that the data has a margin of error of +5.0% at the 95% confidence level.
With regard to the Market Strategies International Cogent Reports™ study, US Institutional Investor Brandscape February 2019 (the “2019 Cogent Survey”), Commonfund did not pay a fee to be included in such survey. The 2019 Cogent Survey was fielded online October 12, 2018 to November 30, 2018 and 409 investors with $100 million or more in institutional investable assets participated in the survey. Survey participants were required to play a direct role in the evaluation and selection of investments or asset managers within their organization. In determining the sampling frame for this study, Cogent indicated that it relied upon Standard & Poor’s Money Market Directories (MMD) database of institutional investors. Cogent further reported that, to ensure the population for this research was representative of the universe of institutional investors, strict quotas were established by Cogent based upon a nested classification of institutional investor by category and size of assets. It also represented that a disproportionate sampling structure was incorporated to provide an acceptable level of sampling error for each of the institutional segments and to afford subgroup analysis at the larger asset size levels, including 135 respondents managing assets of $1 billion or more. When analyzing data for the total market, Cogent further states, the data was weighted to be representative of the true distribution of institutions by asset size and category according to the most recent MMD data. Cogent also reports that the data has a margin of error of +4.85% at the 95% confidence level.
With regard to the 2018 Institutional Asset Management Awards 2018 (the “2018 IAMAs”) sponsored by Fundmap, a Pageant media Company, Commonfund did not pay to enter the awards. According to Fundmap, the 2018 IAMAs represent Fundmap’s efforts to recognize the “best-in-class” firms serving the North American institutional market. As further described by Fundmap, winners were selected by a panel of buy-side judges who cast votes for “top” asset managers and consultants serving three different classes of investors: foundations and endowments (“F&E”) with more than $1 billion in assets, F&Es with under $1 billion in assets and pension plans.
With regard to the results of the 2019 survey conducted by Pensions and Investments (“P&I”) and referred to by P&I as a “Special Report on Outsourcing Managers” (the “2019 P&I Report”), Commonfund did not pay a fee to be included in such report. According to P&I, the rankings in the 2019 P&I Report are based on data provided directly by “OCIO” firms that participated in its 2019 survey, which, as further described by P&I, included questions that asked such firms to report, among other things, the U.S. institutional, tax-exempt client assets that were internally managed by type, which included categories such as endowments and foundations. In that regard, “investment outsourcing” was defined by P&I as instances where “an outside provider manages all or most of a plan’s administrative functions and investment portfolio, such as asset allocation, manager selection and monitoring, and custodian selection,” noting that “the level of discretion and fiduciary responsibility assumed by the provider may vary by client” and further noting that “[a]lternate terms for investment outsourcing are outsourced-CIO services, fiduciary management outsourcing and implemented consulting”; “assets under investment management” were defined by P&I as “[a]ssets for which the investment outsourcer has full or partial investment management discretion,” which definition also expressly “[e]xclude[d] non-discretionary assets (e.g., the investment outsourcer provides integrated resources to enhance a client’s in-house structure where the client retains full investment discretion)”; “institutional investors” were defined by P&I as “[r]etirement plans, endowments, foundations, et al.” and as expressly “[e]xclud[ing] high-net-worth and family office”; and “internally managed” assets were defined by P&I as “[a]ssets for which [the firm’s] portfolio managers make the day-to-day investment decisions” and which would “exclude all assets [the] firm hands to others to be subadvised.” In addition, survey participants were asked to report all data as of Dec. 31, 2018; to report assets in U.S. dollars rounded to the nearest million; and to exclude master trust/custody, global custody and assets under administration only from all answers. For 2019, P&I reports that 69 firms completed the survey, of which 39 reported endowment assets and 39 reported foundation assets.
With regard to the Escalent Cogent Syndicated study, US Institutional Investor Brandscape March 2020 (the “2020 Cogent Survey”), Commonfund did not pay a fee to be included in this survey. The 2020 Cogent Survey was fielded online from October 23, 2019 to February 5, 2020 and 451 investors with $100 million or more in institutional investable assets participated in the survey. Survey participants were required to play a direct role in the evaluation and selection of investments or asset managers within their organization. In determining the sampling frame for this study, Cogent indicated that it relied upon Standard & Poor’s Money Market Directories (MMD) database of institutional investors. Cogent further reported that, to ensure the population for this research was representative of the universe of institutional investors, strict quotas were established by Cogent based upon a nested classification of institutional investor by category and size of assets. It also represented that a disproportionate sampling structure was incorporated to provide an acceptable level of sampling error for each of the institutional segments and to afford subgroup analysis at the larger asset size levels, including 142 respondents managing assets of $1 billion or more. When analyzing data for the total market, Cogent further states, the data was weighted to be representative of the true distribution of institutions by asset size and category according to the most recent MMD data. Cogent also reports that the data has a margin of error of +4.61% at the 95% confidence level.
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Hypothetical Portfolios and Hypothetical Results | Generally
Certain asset-allocation framework depicted in this presentation is hypothetical and does not represent the investment performance or the actual accounts of any or investors (“Hypothetical Portfolio”).
Performance of Hypothetical Portfolios and other composite performance results (based on sector attribution and other dissections and combinations of actual Investment Product performance) should be considered hypothetical results (collectively, “Hypothetical Results”). Hypothetical Portfolios and Hypothetical Results do not reflect actual trading or performance by an Investment Product or an investor, or a recommendation on the part of an Investment Manager or CSI to any particular investor; nor should they be considered as indicative of the skills of the Investment Adviser. Hypothetical Portfolios and Hypothetical Results are provided for illustrative purposes only and do not guarantee past or future investment results. Hypothetical Results are based on assumptions, and, except where such results are based on actual historical performance of Investment Products, they do not reflect the impact that economic and market factors may have on investment decisions for an Investment Manager. Differences between the hypothetical assumptions and an actual investment are material and decrease substantially the illustration value of any Hypothetical Results. Hypothetical Portfolios may not take into account the goals, risk tolerance and circumstances of each investor. An investment decision should not be based on Hypothetical Results.
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Benchmarks and Financial Indices
Benchmarks and financial indices are shown for illustrative purposes only. They provide general market data that serves as point of reference to compare the performance of Investment Product’s with the performance of other securities that make up a particular market. Such benchmark and indices are not available for direct investment and their performance does not reflect the expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio, the actual cost of investing in the instruments that comprise it or other fees. An Investment Product’s investment objective is not restricted to the securities and instruments comprising any one index. No representation is made that any benchmark or index is an appropriate measure for comparison. For a list of commonly used indices, please visit https://www.commonfund.org/important-disclosures/#comm_indices. This list may not represent all available indices or those indices used in this material.
Portfolio, volatility or return targets or objectives, if any, are used solely for illustration, measurement or comparison purposes and as an aid or guideline for prospective investors to evaluate a particular Investment Product’s strategy, volatility and accompanying information. Such targets or objectives reflect subjective determinations of an Investment Manager based on a variety of factors including, among others, the Investment Product’s investment strategy and prior performance (if any), volatility measures, portfolio characteristics and risk, and market conditions. Volatility and performance will fluctuate, including over short periods, and should be evaluated over the time period indicated and not over shorter periods. Actual volatility and returns will depend on a variety of factors including overall market conditions and the ability of an Investment Manager to implement an Investment Product’s investment process, investment objectives and risk management. Performance targets or objectives should not be relied upon as an indication of actual or projected future performance; such targets or objectives may not be achieved, in whole or in part. For a list of commonly used measures of risk, please visit https://www.commonfund.org/important-disclosures/#risk_rptg.
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Composite Benchmarks | MSE Funds Composite Benchmark
The MSE Funds Composite Benchmark is calculated using the following components’ weights: for time periods after April 1, 2017, S&P 500 (85%) and MSCI All Country World Index excluding the U.S. Net (15%); and for time periods prior to April 1, 2017, S&P 500 (75%), MSCI All Country World Index excluding the U.S. Net (15%), and HFRI Fund of Funds Composite Index (10%). The monthly return used for the HFRI Composite FOF Index, a component of the MSE Funds Composite Benchmark, is the Flash Update return that is published by HFRI by the 5th business day of the following month. HFRI reserves the right to adjust the monthly return of the HFRI index up to four months after the month end performance date. Monthly returns for the MSE Funds Composite Benchmark may be retroactively restated based on later adjustments to the HFRI index.
Composite Benchmarks | Global Multi-Asset Portfolio (GMAP) Composite Benchmark
The GMAP Composite Benchmark consists of the following components: MSCI ACWI Total Return Index (50.0%), Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Total Return Index (20.0%), HFRI FOF Conservative Index (17.5%), MSCI U.S. REIT Total Return Index (5.0%), Bloomberg Commodities Total Return Index (5.0%) and S&P Global Natural Resources Total Return Index (2.5%).
Commonly Used Indices
Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (“TIPS”): Index includes all publicly issued, U.S. Treasury inflation-protected securities that have at least one year remaining to maturity, are rated investment grade and have $250 million or more of outstanding face value.
Bloomberg Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index: measures the performance of the U.S. investment grade bond market. The index invests in a wide spectrum of public, investment-grade, taxable, fixed income securities in the U.S. – including government, corporate, and international dollar-denominated bonds, as well as mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities, all with maturities of more than 1 year.
Bloomberg Commodity Index (“BCOM”): is calculated on an excess return basis and reflects commodity futures price movements. The index rebalances annually weighted 2/3 by trading volume and 1/3 by world production and weight-caps are applied at the commodity, sector and group level for diversification. Roll period typically occurs from 6th-10th business day based on the roll schedule.
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year US Treasury Index: is an unmanaged index that tracks the performance of the direct sovereign debt of the U.S. Government having a maturity of at least one year and less than three years. It is not possible to invest directly in an unmanaged index. BOFA Merrill Lynch is licensing the BOFA Merrill Lynch Indices “As Is,” makes no warranties regarding same, does not guarantee the suitability, quality, accuracy, timeliness, and/or completeness of the BOFA Merrill Lynch Indices or any data included in, related to, or derived therefrom, assumes no liability in connection with their use, and does not sponsor, endorse, or recommend Commonfund, or any of its products or services.
Citigroup World Government Bond Index (“WGBI”): measures the performance of fixed-rate, local currency, investment grade sovereign bonds. The WGBI is a widely used benchmark that currently comprises sovereign debt from over twenty countries, denominated in a variety of currencies, and has more than twenty-five years of history available. The WGBI provides a broad benchmark for the global sovereign fixed income market. Sub-indices are available in any combination of currency, maturity, or rating.
CS Leveraged Loan Index: is an index designed to mirror the investable universe of the U.S. dollar denominated leveraged loan market. The index inception is January 1992. The index frequency is monthly. New loans are added to the index on their effective date if they qualify according to the following criteria: loans must be rated “5B” or lower; only fully-funded term loans are included; the tenor must be at least one year; and the Issuers must be domiciled in developed countries (i.e., issuers from developing countries are excluded). Fallen angels are added to the index subject to the new loan criteria. Loans are removed from the index when they are upgraded to investment grade, or when they exit the market (for example, at maturity, refinancing or bankruptcy workout). Note that issuers remain in the index following default. Total return of the index is the sum of three components: principal, interest, and reinvestment return. The cumulative return assumes that coupon payments are reinvested into the index at the beginning of each period.
Dow Jones U.S. Select Real Estate Securities Index (“RESI”): represents equity real estate investment trusts (“REITs”) and real estate operating companies traded in the U.S. The Dow Jones U.S. Select REIT Index is a subset of the Dow Jones Americas Select RESISM and includes only REITs and REIT-like securities.
HFRI Monthly Indices (“HFRI”): Most HFRI are equally weighted performance indices, utilized by numerous hedge fund managers as a benchmark for their own hedge funds. The HFRI are broken down into four main strategies, each with multiple sub-strategies. All single-manager HFRI Index constituents are included in the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite, which accounts for over 2000 funds listed on the internal HFR Database. Funds included in the HFRI Monthly Indices must: report monthly returns; report net of all fees returns; report assets in U.S. dollars; and, have at least $50 million under management or have been actively trading for at least twelve months. Funds are eligible for inclusion in the HFRI the month after their addition to HFR Database. If a fund in an index liquidates or closes, that fund’s performance will be included in the HFRI up to the fund’s last reported performance update. Fund of Funds are not included in the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index. Both domestic and offshore funds are included in the HFRI. In cases where a manager lists mirrored-performance funds, only the fund with the larger asset size is included in the HFRI. FX-hedged versions of HFRI Indices are calculated by applying to the USD index value the cost of a rolling monthly foreign exchange contract on the relevant currency. The HFRI are updated three times a month. The current month and the prior three months are left as estimates and are subject to change. All performance prior to that is locked and is no longer subject to change. Due to contractual obligations, Comanco does not disclose the particular funds behind any index. See https://www.hedgefundresearch.com/hfri-index-methodology.
ICE Bo/AML 9-12 Month US Treasury Bill Index: is a subset of ICE BofAML US Treasury Bill Index including all securities with a remaining term to final maturity greater than or equal to 9 months and less than 12 months. Inception date: June 30, 1992
MSCI ACWI Index: is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets. The MSCI ACWI consists of 46 country indexes comprising 23 developed and 23 emerging market country indexes. The developed market country indexes included are as follows: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
The emerging market country indexes included are: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. (List as of January 2016.)
MSCI ACWI ex USA net Index: captures large and mid-cap representation across 22 of 23 developed markets countries – excluding the U.S. With 1,003 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country.
MSCI EAFE Index (Europe, Australasia, Far East): is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. & Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index consists of the following 21 developed market country indexes: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. (List as of January 2016.)
MSCI Emerging Markets Index: is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index consists of the following 23 emerging market country indexes: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. (List as of January 2016.)
MSCI US REIT Index: is a free float-adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is comprised of Equity REIT securities. The MSCI US REIT Index includes securities with exposure to core real estate (e.g., residential and retail properties) as well as securities with exposure to other types of real estate (e.g., casinos, theaters).
Russell 2000 Index: measures the performance of the small-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe. The Russell 2000 Index is a subset of the Russell 3000 Index representing approximately 10% of the total market capitalization of that index. It includes approximately 2000 of the smallest securities based on a combination of their market cap and current index membership. The Russell 2000 is constructed to provide a comprehensive and unbiased small-cap barometer and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure larger stocks do not distort the performance and characteristics of the true small-cap opportunity set.
Russell 3000 Index: measures the performance of the largest 3,000 U.S. companies representing approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market. The Russell 3000 Index is constructed to provide a comprehensive, unbiased and stable barometer of the broad market and is completely reconstituted annually to ensure new and growing equities are reflected.
S&P 500 Index: is a widely recognized gauge of the U.S. equities market. This index is an unmanaged capitalization-weighted index consisting of 500 of the largest capitalization U.S. common stocks. The returns of the S&P 500 include the reinvestment of dividends.
S&P Global Natural Resources Index: includes 90 of the largest publicly-traded companies in natural resources and commodities businesses that meet specific investability requirements, offering investors diversified and investable equity exposure across three primary commodity-related sectors: agribusiness, energy, and metals & mining.
S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index: is a market value-weighted index designed to measure the performance of the U.S. leveraged loan market based upon market weightings, spreads and interest payments. Eligible for inclusion in the LLI loans are U.S. dollar denominated senior secured loans with a minimum initial term of one year, minimum initial spread of LIBOR + 125 basis points and initial funding of $50M. The index covers all issuers regardless of origin, however all facilities must be denominated in U.S. dollar.
Value at Risk (“VaR”): VaR measures the potential loss of value resulting from market movements over a specified period of time within a specified probability of occurrence. VaR is calculated for an Investment Product by setting the confidence level to a specific value (0-100) over a one year period. For example, if the monthly VaR of a portfolio is 5 percent at a 95 percent confidence level, then there are five chances in 100, under normal market conditions, of a loss greater than 5 percent. An Investment Manager’s calculations are based on the portfolio constituents’ monthly returns with weekly frequency looking back five years, and greater weight is given to more recent returns than less recent returns. The resultant returns time series has a one-year half-life.
The VaR method relies on simplifying assumptions which are not always present in real investing environments or that may not be realized. The projections or other information generated by VaR analysis are not guarantees of future results and do not take into account abnormal market conditions – situations in which the risk of loss may be greatest. VaR is not a ‘worst case’ scenario and can understate the amount of actual loss to which an investor may be exposed.
Conditional Value at Risk (“CVaR”): While VaR is useful in understanding the maximum potential loss in a given portfolio 95 percent of the time, CVaR attempts to measure the average downside risk in a portfolio the remaining 5 percent of the time. For example, if the monthly CVaR of a portfolio is 10 percent at a 95 percent confidence level, then the average loss is 10 in those 5 percent of outcomes where VaR is exceeded – note that this calculation predicts the average loss, not the worst potential loss. CVaR calculations are based on the portfolio constituents’ monthly returns with weekly frequency looking back five years, and greater weight is given to more recent returns than less recent returns. CVaR calculations may be less reliable than VaR calculations because there are typically fewer data points.
Standard Deviation: This is a measure of how much a portfolio’s value can deviate in one year. It is calculated as annualized standard deviation of the portfolio monthly returns with weekly frequency time series looking back five years, weighting recent returns more heavily. This generates a half-life of one year.
Historical Beta (ß): This is a measure of the risk arising out of the movement of market factors. A beta (or ß) of 1.0 indicates that an up/down movement in the benchmark will generate an equal percent movement in the portfolio. Any idiosyncratic factor in the portfolio can generate an up/down move in addition to the beta.
Historical Stress Tests: We report the portfolio risk as the profit/loss it will generate if six major historic market events were to recur independently. These metrics are calculated by combining the portfolio constituents’ movements during those events for the portfolio as a whole.
Hypothetical Factor Stress Tests: We also report the portfolio risk as the profit/loss it will generate if five hypothetical market movements were to occur independently. These metrics are calculated by combining the portfolio constituents’ current sensitivity to the movements in these market factors.
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Only qualifying educational organizations that are Commonfund Members may invest in the investment funds maintained by The Common Fund for Nonprofit Organizations (“Commonfund”). Interested educational institutions and their representatives should review Commonfund’s publication Information for Members. Investment programs offered by Commonfund’s affiliates will be available to other types of qualifying institutional investors. Interested investors should consult the offering documents for any such program for further information.
Affiliation with Commonfund Securities, Inc.
Notice of Investor Education and Protection Information Pursuant to FINRA Rule 2267
Interests in Commonfund funds and those offered by Commonfund’s affiliates are placed by Commonfund Securities, Inc., a broker-dealer that is a member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Commonfund Securities, Inc. is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Commonfund. Please refer to FINRA’s website (www.finra.org) and/or FINRA BrokerCheck (https://brokercheck.finra.org or Hotline Number (800) 289-9999) for more information about FINRA and its member organizations.
FINRA BrokerCheck is a resource tool to help investors check the professional background of current and former FINRA-registered securities firms and brokers. Features of FINRA BrokerCheck include:
Search capabilities for both a broker and brokerage firm
Online delivery of a report on a broker or brokerage firm
Explanatory information to help investors better understand the content, context and source of the information provided
Links to additional resources and tools
The information made available through FINRA BrokerCheck is derived from the Central Registration Depository (CRD®), the securities industry online registration and licensing database, as reported on industry registration/licensing forms brokers, brokerage firms and regulators complete. More detailed information regarding FINRA BrokerCheck is contained in an investor brochure which is available via the FINRA website.
Notice Pursuant to SEA Rule 17a-3(a)(18)(ii)
Any complaints concerning or relating to an investor or client account may be directed to the Investor Services Department at 203-563-5000, or at 15 Old Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.
Notice Pursuant to FINRA Rule 2261
Investors and clients may request certain information relative to Commonfund Securities, Inc.’s financial condition by contacting the Investor Services Department at 203-563-5000, or at 15 Old Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897.
Commonfund has developed a business continuity plan that is designed to minimize the impact of computer or facilities related emergencies or external events, such as a natural disaster, on Commonfund and our ability to provide service to our clients. The goal of our plan is that we will continue, or resume as quickly as possible, critical business operations during these types of disruptions.
Our plan addresses the actions that we will take in the event that the significant disruption affects a single building, a business district, a citywide area, or an entire region. We have different planned recovery times depending on the severity of the significant business disruption. In most of the scenarios addressed by our plan, we anticipate recovery times within 24 hours from the significant business disruption. Even in the most significant business disruption scenario addressed by our plan, we anticipate that critical business operations could be resumed within five days.
To support our Business Continuity Plan recovery times, we maintain a back-up facility, including a secondary data center for all of our branches. Our back-up facility is located well away from our primary facilities so that it would not be affected by a regional disruption. Account access would be available through the data center at our back-up facility. Our plan will be reviewed, updated and tested periodically. If a material change to the plan occurs, this Notice of Business Continuity Preparedness will be updated as appropriate. We may modify this notice at any time with such modifications becoming effective upon posting to our web site. You may obtain a current copy of this notice by clicking here, or Commonfund will mail you a copy upon request.
Notice of Anti-Money Laundering Customer Identification Requirements Important Information About Procedures for Opening a New Account
To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each customer who opens an account.
What this means for you: When you open an account, we may ask for documents or information related to: your principal place of business, local office or other physical location; taxpayer identification number; and other documents demonstrating your lawful existence such as certified articles of incorporation, a government-issued business license, a partnership agreement, or a trust agreement, and other identifying documents.
Your privacy is very important to us. Please read this Privacy Notice carefully to understand what we do with respect to the collection, sharing and protection of non-public personal information of clients/investors, prospective clients/investors and former clients/investors. These policies apply to individuals and individual retirement accounts (as applicable) and may be changed at any time, provided a notice of such change is given to you.
We collect personal information, such as your address, U.S. Social Security number or tax identification number, assets, transaction and/or income information, for example, when you: (i) provide it to us in the Subscription Agreement and related documents; (ii) provide it to us in correspondence and conversations with the Manager’s or Fund’s representatives; or (iii) make transactions with the Fund, such as when you purchase securities from us, tell us where to send money or make a wire transfer. We also may collect your personal information from other sources, such as affiliates.
We may disclose information about our clients/investors, prospective clients/investors or former clients/investors to affiliates (i.e., financial and non-financial companies related by common ownership or control) or non-affiliates (i.e., financial or non-financial companies not related by common ownership or control) for our everyday business purposes, such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s) or respond to court orders and legal investigations. Thus, it may be necessary, under anti-money laundering and similar laws, to disclose information about the Fund’s investors in order to accept subscriptions from them. We will also release information about you if you direct us to do so. We do not share your information with non-affiliates for them to market to you. We may also disclose information about your transactions and experiences with us to our affiliates for their everyday business purposes. You cannot limit these types of sharing.
We may also disclose information you provide to us to companies that perform marketing services on our behalf, such as any affiliated or unaffiliated placement agent the Fund has retained or may retain.
We may also share information with our affiliates to bring investment opportunities or services to you. You may prevent this type of sharing by contacting the Investor Services Department at 888-823-3863 or [email protected]. If you are a new client/investor, we can begin sharing your information 30 days from the date we send this Privacy Notice to you. When you are no longer our client/investor, we may continue to share your information as described in this Privacy Notice; however, you may contact us at any time to limit our sharing. If you limit sharing for an account you hold jointly with someone else, your choices will apply to everyone on your account. State laws may give you additional rights to limit sharing of information.
To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with applicable law. These measures include electronic and computer safeguards and secured files and buildings.
Please be aware of the Commonfund European Privacy Notice that supplements this Privacy Notice. The Commonfund European Privacy Notice applies generally to the provision of personal information by individual clients and investors in the European Economic Area, and explains how we may collect and use such information under the European Union General Data Protection Regulation. Click here to read The Commonfund European Privacy Notice.
If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice, including the Commonfund European Privacy Notice, call 888-823-3863 or email [email protected].
This agreement has been made in and shall be construed and enforced in accordance with New York law. Any action to enforce this Agreement shall be brought in the federal or state courts located in New York City.