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Real Estate – Can’t Touch This!

Posted by Paul Von Steenburg on Jun 26, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Real Assets

Few markets have been as heavily impacted by the onset of the global pandemic as real estate. Real estate is considered a hard asset that “you can touch and feel”, but during a pandemic no one wants to touch or feel anything. Additionally, government restrictions ...

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Diversity and Inclusion: Ways to Make a Change

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 17, 2020

Topic: Diversity

We understand that to move forward and become a more inclusive and unbiased society, individuals must converse, self-reflect and educate themselves on systemic racism and the racial injustices many Americans continue to face today. Commonfund’s Diversity and Inclusion Office (DIO) has created a compendium of resources for our staff to actively engage in this movement.

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Balancing Risk and Return

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 11, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Risk Management

While risk and return constitute the axes upon which investment portfolios are built, return is almost always given primacy in investment policy statements (IPSs) and frequently becomes the main driver of decisions that shape the portfolio. So, how do you balance risk and return objectives in your investment policy?

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Chart of the Month | Measuring Social Distancing with Mobility Trends

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Jun 4, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Market Commentary

We continue to monitor the level of social distancing as an indicator for business activity and improvement in consumer sentiment.

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In Remembrance

Posted by Commonfund on Jun 3, 2020

Topic: Diversity

The senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and most recently, George Floyd have once again brought the scourge of racism to the forefront of our nation’s conscience.

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When Will this Crisis End? 3 Keys to Recovery

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson on May 27, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Market Commentary

When will this crisis end? Three key issues fiduciaries should keep in mind concerning COVID-19 and this pandemic recession and recovery. The path and trajectory of COVID-19, fiscal and monetary policy, and ...

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Seven Ways to Diversify Your Private Capital Portfolio

Posted by Commonfund on May 22, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Private Capital

A strong private capital program requires consistent, diversified investing over time. Investors may obtain meaningful diversification in a number of ways. Here are seven ways to diversify your private capital portfolio...

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Stewardship During This Crisis: Five Things for Boards to Consider

Posted by George Suttles on May 11, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Governance and Policy

As the world continues to grapple with the social, economic, and public health implications of the current COVID-19 crisis, nonprofit organizations . . .

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Chart of the Month | The Fed Rides to the Rescue

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin, Ryan Driscoll on May 5, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Market Commentary

The Federal Reserve is determined to support the economy and the normal functioning of capital markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of April 29th, the total asset size of the Fed’s balance sheet reached $6.66 trillion dollars, almost doubling from $3.76 trillion at the end of August last year. As the Fed moves from restoring liquidity to stimulating economic activity, the Fed balance sheet is expected to continue to grow while effective interest rates remain at or close to zero.

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Crisis Response: A Framework for Strategic Decisions

Posted by Timothy T. Yates, Jr. on Apr 30, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Investment Strategy

We have all lived through bear markets and recessions, but we have not lived through the confluence of dynamics caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to this crisis, we have developed a three-by-three framework to assist our nonprofit clients work through these strategic decisions

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