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The Mysterious Shortfall in Women Chief Investment Officers

May 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Academic Foundations, Institutional Investing, Personalities in AI, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Practitioners

By Charles Skorina We recently looked at the number of women CIOs at big endowments*. Among 109 North American endowments over $1 billion we identified twenty (18 plus one director of investments and one CFO who liaises with their OCIO providers). That’s just 18%–less than one out of five. ForRead More


The Big List: 5-year Endowment Performance

Apr 23rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management

By Charles Skorina In February we published an abbreviated list of five-year endowment performance for fiscal year end June 30, 2018 for 61 schools to compliment the release of the annual NACUBO TIAA study.  Today, we introduce our big list with one hundred large endowments. Every CIO on our listRead More


University endowments in the crosshairs

Dec 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management

By Charles Skorina The U.S. has the greatest university system in the world.  But it’s expensive.  And congress is about to make matters worse by taxing the endowment earnings of “large” private college and university endowments. The latest congressional proposal aims to slap a 1.4 percent excise tax on theRead More


A Simple Approach to the Management of Endowments

Aug 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

By Hossein Kazemi & Kathryn Wilkens, CAIA Endowments and foundations are tax exempt and charitable organizations that rely on permanent pools of capital to fund their activities. These pools of capital are owned by institutions such as colleges, universities, hospitals, museums, scientific organizations, charitable entities, and religious institutions. When well-fundedRead More


Lessons from University Endowments

Jul 23rd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

In a recent article for The Journal of Investment Consulting, John Mulvey and Margaret Holen look at the practice of asset allocation among large U.S. university endowments. They focus on asset category definitions in the hope of throwing some light on “the movement to define asset categories with reference toRead More


What makes a great Chief Investment Officer?

May 1st, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices

By Charles Skorina All professional investors want to make money.  The question is, how and for whom? In the for-profit world of Wall Street asset managers and retail mutual funds, the differences among managers reflect investor appetites, time horizons and risk tolerances.  They must all serve their customers, or theRead More


The Skorina Report: Fearless Forecast Says That Endowment Returns Will Disappoint in FY2015

Sep 3rd, 2015 | Filed under: Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Alpha Seekers, Endowments & Foundations

Guest columnist Charles Skorina looks at the potential for 2016 endowment returns and finds them to be somewhat lacking... Could alternatives ride to the rescue?Read More


Improving the Health of Healthcare Endowments

Feb 24th, 2013 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Asset allocation

The obvious reason for the allocation preferences of healthcare endowments is that they believe they need to remain very liquid. Jarvis, in this white paper, points out that the liquidity preference comes at a cost in performance. Read More


College Endowments: Bad News and a Slender Silver Lining

Feb 7th, 2013 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

For the alternative-investment industry the takeaway from the NACUBO-Commonfund Study this year may be that there is a long-term trend among endowments toward increased allocations to alternative strategies, and that this trend continues. The overall such allocation increased by one percentage point from 2011 to 2012: to 54 percent.Read More


Preliminary Data: Endowments Losing Money on Portfolios

Nov 5th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing

Among the endowments for institutions of higher learning tracked by NACUBO-Commonfund, the allocation to alternative investments [defined to include hedge funds, private equity, global venture capital, and private equity real estate investments] has been on the rise for a decade now, especially among the larger cohorts. The preliminary data for 2012 indicates that this trend continues. It also indicates that these endowments on average are losing money on their portfolios. Read More


Healthcare Nonprofit Investments: The Case for Boredom

Sep 11th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Asset allocation

It is good that the stuffy old healthcare organizational folks stuck with fixed income investments!, because those investments did better than any other asset class as a component of their FY2011 returns. Fixed income returned 5.4 percent. The more exciting field of international equities was the big loser, with a -10.9 percent return.Read More


Alpha Hunters: A Conversation with Peter Stein

May 13th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies

New columnist Charles Skorina interviews Peter Stein, veteran alternative investments professional.Read More


U.S. Rejoins the Globe, Say Consultants

Mar 28th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Real Estate, Private Equity, CTA, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

Consultants expect that managers' need to generate steady income in a low interest rate environment will drive a lot of portfolio turnover in 2012, inclusive of the movement of alternatives into core positions within portfolios, and it will drive one-time U.S. focused investors and managers to look abroad. Meanwhile, pensions are retreating toward passive mandates. Read More


Average College Endowment Performance Improves and Size Matters

Feb 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Fees

Data on the endowments of institutions of higher learning shows a significant spread between the performance of the largest endowments and the lagging performance of the smaller. The return that endowments received on their use of alternative strategies, too, depends in part upon the size of the endowment doing the investing. Endowments under $25 million in assets under management made only 9.5 percent on this asset class in FY 2011, while those with more than $1 billion in AUM made a 16.9 percent return hunting in the same jungles.Read More