Insights Blog

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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Traits of High-performing Boards … and Steps Toward Becoming One

Posted by Thomas L. Hyatt, Esq. on Aug 21, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy

Boards that are exemplary for their development of and adherence to best governance practices have certain identifiable traits. But this is no accident—they have taken steps to elevate their practices and maintain them at the highest level.

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Back to Basics: The ABCs of Governance

Posted by Thomas L. Hyatt, Esq. on Aug 12, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy

Are you on the board of a nonprofit? If so, you have a unique responsibility in that you are a fiduciary. In an increasingly complex world of nonprofit governance, coupled with the range of legal compliance issues confronting boards today, it’s easy to lose sight of the fundamentals...

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Emerging and Diverse Manager Programs: Worth Doing Well

Posted by Michael Rowland on Aug 5, 2019

Topic: Asset Allocation | Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

In order to adequately and fairly evaluate the success of emerging and diverse manager programs, the term ‘emerging manager’ needs to be clearly differentiated from ‘diverse manager’. While there is no formal definition, ‘emerging manager’ refers to a firm with a cap on assets under management. This cap varies widely depending on the investing organization, but usually sits around the $1 billion mark. By contrast, ‘diverse manager’...

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Recession – Maybe This Time is Different

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Aug 1, 2019

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Investment Strategy | Market Commentary

The July Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting signaled the end of central bank rate normalization with the first rate cut in more than a decade . . .

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Chart of the Month | Economic Expansions Getting Longer

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Aug 1, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

Following the July FOMC meeting and with investors digesting the first rate cut since 2008 it is important to recognize that the domestic economy is now...

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Commonfund Summer Interns Class of 2019

Posted by Tony Ialeggio on Jul 24, 2019

Topic: People

Commonfund is proud to bring in a group of outstanding young people each year for our 10-week summer intern program. The program is designed to provide...

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