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Chart of the Month | Fed Funds Rate Reduction Drives Markets to New Highs

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Nov 12, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

U.S. equities reached an all-time high at the end of October as downside fears abated and risk-on sentiment improved. Among the positives...

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The Economy and Markets March On

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Nov 11, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

The overhang of a U.S.-China trade war has weighed on the risk markets all year. Despite this, equity market returns have been strong in 2019 and the recent news of a “Phase 1” trade deal being negotiated has propelled the S&P 500 to its best returns since 2013. The movement towards a trade deal may also be a sign that the world’s second largest economy, China, may be struggling to maintain...

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Commonfund Forum Goes Global

Posted by Commonfund on Oct 28, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary | Private Capital

During the week of October 14th, 2019 Commonfund Institute hosted our first Forum outside of the United States in Tokyo, Japan.

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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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Chart of the Month | Strange Happenings in the Repo Market

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin, Ryan Driscoll on Oct 2, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

An obscure but very large part of the financial markets caused a stir in late September. Lending rates spiked in the repurchase (repo) markets...

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Three Ways to Structure Your Private Capital Portfolio

Posted by Commonfund on Sep 27, 2019

Topic: Private Capital

Investors need to consider both internal and external factors in deciding how to structure a private capital portfolio. Finding a structure that matches your organization’s skills, resources and risk tolerance is important. Here are three alternatives to consider....

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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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Chart of the Month | Yield Curve Inversion – Signal or False Positive?

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Sep 5, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

Lately, there has been quite a bit of hand-wringing by the financial media about the yield curve inversion. It seems that many prognosticators believe...

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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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2018 Study of Foundations Key Highlights [Infographic]

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Aug 22, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge

For the year ended December 31, 2018, participating private foundations reported an average return of -5.3 percent while participating community foundations reported an average return of -3.5 percent for the same period. In this infographic, we report the key highlights from the 2018 Council on Foundations-Commonfund Study of Foundations. This annual report studies, on average, over 230 private and community foundations that represent over $80 billion in assets.

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