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Year-End Update and 2020 Investment Outlook

Posted by Commonfund on Jan 2, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

As another year draws to a close, we reflect on the last twelve months and see that once again the markets rallied, the domestic economy remained resilient, and the world continued to spin. While occasional bouts of volatility and unsettling news flow briefly rattled investors in both late spring and summer, one tune continued to play in our head… “The Song Remains the Same” by Led Zeppelin.

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Emerging Markets Private Capital —
A Focus on China

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 4, 2019

Topic: Private Capital

At Commonfund we believe portfolios are incomplete without meaningful emerging market exposure, in both private and public emerging markets. In private markets, that exposure focuses on new-economy companies—small, growing businesses that take advantage of domestic growth and consumption. We see the rising consumer as a key story in these markets and we recently sat down with Jui Tan, BlueRun Ventures China founder and Manager Partners to focus on emerging markets private capital in China.

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Nonprofit Leaders Spotlight | Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director of GSF

Posted by George Suttles on Nov 22, 2019

Topic: Investment Strategy | People

Dimple Abichandani is Executive Director of the General Service Foundation (“GSF”), a private grantmaking family foundation that dedicates...

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Diversity and Inclusion on Nonprofit Boards is Effective Stewardship

Posted by George Suttles on Oct 10, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

Many institutions recognize the need for diversity and inclusion on their boards and investment committees. Diverse and inclusive boards can make more effective decisions, design and deliver appropriate services and initiatives for diverse individuals and communities, and are better able to compete in an era of scarce resources when an increasing number of donors care about diversity within organizations seeking their support. Most recently...

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Outsourcing: Writing Your RFP

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 23, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge | Outsourced Investing

Once an institution decides to pursue the outsourced CIO or investment office option, it usually leads to the creation of a request for proposal, or RFP...

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Viewpoint: Actions Speak Louder than Data

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Sep 6, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

In this Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations viewpoint, it's about analyzing and interpreting the data we've collected. What do they tell us? What trends are emerging? How are private and community foundations alike and how do they differ? We have identified five areas where there are gaps between what the data say foundations are doing and what they may want to do based on generally accepted principles of endowment management.

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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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Dynamic Workforce = Dynamic Portfolios

Posted by Commonfund on Apr 23, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

The surprising outcomes when diverse groups and homogeneous groups tackle the same problem...

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The Global Economy and the Return of Risk

Posted by Commonfund on Apr 11, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

How to think about tariffs, deficits, valuations, leverage, growth and other issues. What signals should institutions be mindful of as they make...

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Viewpoint: Looking Back, Moving Forward – A Decade of Insight from CSIS

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Mar 19, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Spending Policy

Fiscal 2009 was an epochal year. In March, the stock market decline wrought by the financial crisis and Great Recession reached its nadir as investors sensed the worst had passed. With the turn in the equity market, the seeds were sown for the bull market that continued to and through fiscal 2018. Thus, 10 years on, it is useful to look back on the period that began in FY2009 to understand the trends that can be discerned from a decade of data based on the Commonfund Study of Independent Schools (CSIS).

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