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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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A Global Perspective for Long-Term Equity Investors

Posted by Andrew Okrongly on Jan 31, 2020

Topic: Equities | Investment Strategy

Over the past decade U.S. equities have consistently outperformed international markets, leading many investors to question the role of non-U.S. equities in their portfolio. While the current cycle of U.S. outperformance has certainly been prolonged, it is by no means unprecedented relative to history.

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Commonfund’s First Invitational Diverse Manager Day

Posted by Caroline Greer on Jan 23, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Responsible Investing

Commonfund held its first invitational Diverse Manager Day. The day was made possible as a result of the success we had from submissions to the Diverse Manager Portal launched last fall. Commonfund developed the dedicated Diverse Manager Portal as part of our effort to expand our Diverse Manager Database; to accelerate the inclusion of diverse managers in client portfolios; and to give clients access to a broader array of investment talent.

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2020 Investor Survey: Private Markets Sentiment

Posted by Ralph P. Money on Jan 13, 2020

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

For the third year in a row, Commonfund Capital conducted a year-end annual survey of institutional investors to gauge their sentiment about...

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Chart of the Month | Election Year Market Trends

Posted by Ivo C. Nenin on Jan 8, 2020

Topic: Industry Knowledge | Market Commentary

As we enter the 12th year of economic expansion since the Great Financial Crisis, investors continue to wonder whether 2020 will be the year when...

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Impact Investing – A Market Matures

Posted by Daniel H. Connell, Ethan Levine on Jan 6, 2020

Topic: Investment Strategy | Market Commentary | Responsible Investing

Investment strategy influenced by altruistic intentions -- broadly, impact investing -- has long held sway in a small number of portfolios...

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Integrating ESG into Private Equity Portfolios – What Questions to Ask

Posted by Commonfund on Dec 27, 2019

Topic: Private Capital | Responsible Investing

Many investors, particularly nonprofits, are seeking to align their investment portfolio with the mission of their organization. Following are examples of the questions that we ask managers as part of the process. Your organization may want to consider using these or other questions to integrate ESG into your private equity portfolio.

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Chart of the Month | Jobs Across the Country

Posted by Ryan Driscoll on Dec 12, 2019

Topic: Market Commentary

The November non-farm payrolls report far exceeded investor expectation and bolstered the perception that the domestic economy continues to grow...

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Purpose: What is an Endowment?

Posted by Commonfund Institute on Nov 27, 2019

Topic: Governance and Policy | Industry Knowledge

What is an endowment? A critically important asset for many nonprofit organizations is their endowment, sometimes referred to by a different name such as long-term investment fund. So important is this pool of financial assets that for many institutions it is the difference between fulfilling their missions and being forced to lower their aspirations or even ceasing to operate.

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