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Do Bear Markets Favor Active or Passive Investing? It Depends.

Posted by Mark Bennett, Kristofer Kwait on Apr 6, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Investment Strategy

In the ongoing debate about active versus passive investing, conventional wisdom posits that active investing outperforms passive in recessionary or bear market environments. The question is: Will the expected pattern hold up in the current sell-off and what will almost assuredly be the ensuing recession? The answer: it depends...

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Chart of the Month | The Dangers of Timing a Bear Market

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Apr 2, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Market Commentary

It has been well documented that trying to avoid market downturns by selling out of stocks and moving to cash can be damaging to long-term portfolio . . .

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
Staying the Course in Uncertain Times

Posted by George Suttles on Mar 24, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Responsible Investing

The times we are living in are unprecedented. Social distancing, sheltering in place, business closures and other measures are being employed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to more vulnerable members of the population. Due to this pandemic, the markets are reeling, having fallen 30 percent from its peak in just a few weeks.

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10 Tips for Stewarding People Remotely

Posted by Cathleen M. Rittereiser on Mar 19, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

At a time when institutional leaders need to be gathering virtually and making themselves available for interim meetings and conference calls, we wanted to share a video from Professor Steven Rogelberg, UNC Charlotte, that provides tips to make remote meetings work - a critical component in stewarding people remotely.

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Coronavirus: Five Key Questions for Nonprofit Institutions

Posted by Timothy T. Yates, Jr. on Mar 18, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

There is no question that we are in unprecedented times and will likely remain so for longer than we anticipated even a few weeks ago. The speed at which...

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Chart of the Month | A Price War Erupts in the Oil Market

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin, Deborah Spalding on Mar 16, 2020

Topic: Market Commentary

Oil prices declined over 21 percent on March 9, 2020, the largest single-day decline since January 1991 during the Gulf War.

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Market Commentary: Impact of the Coronavirus on Markets and Portfolios

Posted by Mark J.P. Anson on Feb 28, 2020

Topic: COVID-19 | Market Commentary

After a strong calendar year 2019, the S&P 500 reached its most recent all-time high on February 19, up nearly 5 percent since the year began. Now...

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How to Select a Private Equity Manager

Posted by Commonfund on Feb 26, 2020

Topic: Private Capital

Are you are considering investing directly with a private equity manager? If you opt to go direct, you will be tasked with selecting, managing and disposing the assets entirely on your own. It may be useful to review some of Commonfund Capital’s manager selection guidelines to help formulate your approach.

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2019 Study of Independent Schools Key Highlights [Infographic]

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Feb 19, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, independent schools reported a 5.7 percent return in endowment assets. In this infographic, we report the key highlights from the 2019 Commonfund Benchmarks Study of Independent Schools. This annual report studies, on average, over 200 U.S independent boarding and day schools.

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Chart of the Month | Central Banks Increasingly Accommodative

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin, Ryan Driscoll on Feb 6, 2020

Topic: Market Commentary

World markets appeared to be returning to their upward trend in the beginning of February after a volatile start of the year...

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