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Unsophisticated Techniques of Equity Factor Investing Still Prevail

Feb 1st, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

EDHEC Risk Institute, in collaboration with ERI Scientific Beta, surveyed 114 investment professionals between June and September 2017 about their motivation and interests with regard to equity factor strategies. It found that many, especially on the asset owners’ side of things, were strikingly distant from the state-of-the-art in analytical approachesRead More


Outsourced assets under management up 18% year-over-year

Oct 18th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management

By Charles Skorina With 76 firms heard from, we’re now reporting $1.62 trillion in full-discretion assets under management by outsourced chief investment officer firms. That’s a year-over-year jump of $292 billion – or 18 percent – since September, 2016. The number of reported RFPs is also rising as institutions seek better returnsRead More


Wide Range of Investors Has Wide Range of Opinions on their Managers

Sep 10th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

Intralinks, in partnership with Global Fund Media, has surveyed the opinions of limited partners: they’ve been asking LPs what they think about their GPs/managers in the alternative investment context. The bottom line of the survey is that LPs are looking in the near future to increase their allocations in alternatives.Read More


Sovereign Wealth Funds: Partners and Capability

Sep 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

Sometimes it pays to read footnotes and end matter, because that turns out to be where the story is. Bocconi University’s Sovereign Investment Lab has published its latest annual report on sovereign wealth funds, and this gives us a case in point. The report says that 2016 was far fromRead More


Pension Funds’ Portfolio Decisions: The Dutch Data

Jun 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

DeNederlandscheBank (DNB) issued a working paper this spring about the impact of liquidity and capital constraints on defined benefit pension plans. The paper has three authors, Dirk Broeders, Kristy Jansen, and Bas Werker. The first named author, Broeders, is the only one formally affiliated with DNB. The others are affiliatedRead More


State Pensions and Complex Investments

May 14th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

A recent report from the PEW charitable trusts discusses the degree to which the pension funds of the states of the United States are increasing their use of “complex investments.” It also speaks to the consequences of this move. The term “complex investments” is used here to describe any departureRead More


Longevity Risk Transfer Markets: Limits to Growth

Apr 30th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Financial Economics Theory, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

It was a fairly routine item about an accomplished executive changing jobs in the asset management industry, but it caught my eye. A March 2017 news item said that Andrew Reid, until recently the head of corporate pension origination at Deutsche Bank, had left that post to work with InsightRead More


DC Sponsors and PE General Partners: A Good Marriage?

Feb 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association, in a new paper, contends that private equity has a valuable part to play in the portfolios of defined contribution schemes, for the simple reason that the PE world offers high returns in an era of low interest rates. To make thatRead More


Texas Turmoil: UTIMCO picks a new path through a political minefield

Jan 30th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

By Charles Skorina Endowment returns took a beating last year and the turnover in chief investment officers tells the tale. Among the big names to make an exit in 2016 was Bruce Zimmerman, longtime CEO of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO). We wrote about endowment turnover in ourRead More


PGIM:  Not All Alternatives Are Alike

Jan 2nd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Institutional Investing, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

A new report from PGIM Institutional Advisory looks at an old question: what role should alternative investments play within the portfolio allocation decisions of institutions? The question is especially pressing at the beginning of 2017 because US broad equity indexes have done quite well for years, ever since the marketsRead More


Study Says Pensions May Be Looking for Returns in the Wrong Places

Aug 7th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Allocating to A.I.

Alex Beath, senior research analyst at CEM Benchmarking, the Toronto-based pension research firm, has produced a white paper on the pension fund performance in the U.S. since 1998, and the news he brings is not good (for pension funds themselves, or for the hedge funds to which they have allocatedRead More


SLAM Wars: The Flow Awakens Ranking Asset-Manager Flows & Profits

Jun 6th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Industry Size & Managers, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, High-net-worth investors, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices

By Charles A. Skorina As recruiters we work both sides of the investment-management street: serving for-profit money managers and not-for-profits like foundations and endowments.Fee-based publicly listed asset managers, especially the big ones, are newsworthy because they invest a lot of money for a lot of customers, including non-profits investors.  There’sRead More


The Skorina Report: Why You Can’t Clone Yale

Apr 5th, 2016 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

By Charles Skorina   Can you copy great endowment investment performance?  The Yale endowment, for example? Reverse-engineering a good performer is probably achievable.  The key attributes can often be identified and, to some extent, duplicated. But can you replicate great performers? That’s a much taller order.  There’s always something slightlyRead More


Institutions Thinking About Interest Rates and Volatility

Dec 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Institutional Investing, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

In recent months, even the anticipation of Fed Reserve tightening has been able to send markets into a tizzy. Now the actual tightening is at last upon us. Both Natixis and Reuters surveys speak to the way the buy-side and sell-side see this. Read More


Due Diligence Idea: Reverse Stultification and Bloat

Nov 5th, 2015 | Filed under: Due Diligence Process, Risk Management & Operations

No one likes those bloated questionnaires. Perhaps twenty-five out of 300 questions are both relevant and important. So, to get better results, customize and re-focus the questions. Read More


The Skorina Report: The ‘hoarding’ hoax, ‘excessive’ private-equity fees and other confusions

Nov 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: Private Equity, Equity Types of Private Equity, Private Investments

Guest columnist Charles Skorina looks at accusations of endowments "hoarding" money on one hand and paying "excessive" fees to private equity managers on the other. Is it time for an intervention?Read More


How Public Pensions Are Getting Smart About Infrastructure

Sep 24th, 2015 | Filed under: Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management

Guest columnist Jill Eicher looks at how public pension funds are cutting out the middle man and leveraging the power of their own capital for infrastructure investments.Read More


SWFs under Pressure: No Panic Selling Yet

Sep 15th, 2015 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

Sovereigns and their politicians are looking over the shoulders of the managers of their sovereign wealth funds. This is a pain in the neck for the latter, but it may mean opportunity for their counterparties. Read More


Japan: Richardson makes a Tricky Case

Sep 9th, 2015 | Filed under: Currencies, Institutional Investing, Indexes, Forex

The Japanese economy deserves some credit for having pulled itself out of a recent recession, and it is "beginning to show signs of benefiting from a weaker yen" as a BlackRock strategist tells us. But (there is always a "but"). Read 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


Foundations: They’ve Taken a Blow from “Subdued” Markets

Sep 2nd, 2015 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Indexes, Risk management, Liquid Alts

Both private and community foundations depend heavily on U.S. equities. Indeed, domestic equities remained the bright spot while other strategies underperformed in 2014. A new report from a collaboration of the Council on Foundations and Commonfund provides food for thought about the reversal in foundation returns in that year. TheRead More


What hath CalPERS Wrought? And Why?

Sep 30th, 2014 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Fees

Should investors, especially institutional investors, push back (or push back harder than they have so far) against the fee structure preferred by those whom they pay to manage their money? And is the recent announcement from CalPERS such a push? Read More


Looking at the Next Generation of Institutional Investing

Sep 25th, 2014 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation

Guest columnist Andrew Beer looks at the changes in institutional investing.Read More


Top 5 Ramifications of CalPERS’ Hedge Fund Exodus

Sep 24th, 2014 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters

Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge, CFA, looks at some of the potential reactions to CalPERS' leaving hedge funds.Read More


The Skorina Report: Another try at herding Gotham’s five-headed fund

Sep 21st, 2014 | Filed under: Institutional Investing

Guest columnist Charles Skorina looks at the five-headed NYC pension system with its new leader, Scott Evans.Read More


The Delusions a Boom Can Bring and the Perils of Chasing Hedge Fund Winners

Aug 28th, 2014 | Filed under: Portable Alpha & Alpha/Beta Separation, Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters, Alpha Strategies, Risk management

For an investor allocating slots in its portfolio to hedge funds, the draw of recent outsized performance can be powerful. Thus, the temptation to chase winners. But two members of the Hedge Fund Strategies Group at Commonfund caution against it. Read More


Hedge Fund Branding Continues to Drive a Majority Of Asset Flows

Aug 14th, 2014 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends

Guest columnist Don Steinbrugge looks at why the same hedge fund firms consistently bring in the assets.Read More


Advancing the Infrastructure Investment Narrative

Aug 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Alpha Strategies, Insolvency

Intuitively, the problem with valuing the debt issued by an private SPE in an illiquid infrastructure project is this: the free cash flows of the SPE aren't easily observed. So how does one go about deriving their present value? 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


Pensions: Public Choices and Investor Caution

Feb 5th, 2013 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Regulatory

The great political problem (what economists these days call a 'public choice' problem) is that politicians worldwide have every incentive to defer or avoid decisions about pension reform, however urgent or necessary that reform. Investors should be aware, and be wary. Read More


Investing in Britain’s Infrastructure: With and Without Guarantees

Jan 28th, 2013 | Filed under: Infrastructure, Institutional Investing

The bottom line of EDHEC's study is that there is no need to create new public sector liabilities to get private sector institutions to invest in infrastructure. 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


The Skorina Report: Corporate pension performance: Some great investors no one noticed…and some surprising losers

Oct 25th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing

Charles Skorina looks at corporate pension funds and finds....Read More


You’ve made finals! Now, how do you get an edge?

Sep 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Alpha Hunters

Charles J. French, CAIA, discusses the intricacies of negotiating finals with Christopher Van Dyke, CAIA, CFA, Advisor, Arnerich Massena, Inc. (CVD); Kweku Obed, CAIA, CFA, Principal, Mercer Investment Consulting, Inc. (KO); and Thomas H. Dodd, CAIA, CFA, FSA, President, Stratford Advisory Group (TD).Read More


Kauffman Hits VC Returns, LP Dupes, and J Curve Mythology

Aug 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Venture capital

In a study of its own portfolio the Kauffman Foundation found that only twenty of 100 venture funds “beat a public-market equivalent by more than 3 percent annually”.Read More


Casella on Future of Hedge Fund Industry, Part Two

Aug 2nd, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

Mark Casella, leader of the U.S. alternatives group at PwC, explains that no manager "ever wants to put gates up or to announce a suspension," and talks about how the contract provisions that provide for such powers have been modified of late. This is part of the broader issue of the alignment of interests.Read More


McKinsey: Allocations Will Rise Despite Sticky Fees

Jul 31st, 2012 | Filed under: Real Estate, Private Equity, Alpha Strategies, Asset allocation

The reason for the increased interest in alternatives, McKinsey says, isn’t that the alternatives’ managers are slashing the price of their services. It is, rather, a discontent with the return to be gained from traditional investment. “Even with downward pressure likely over the next few years, revenue yields for institutional alternative products should remain well above the 35 bps average earned on today’s traditional institutional products.” Read More


Mark Casella on the Future of Hedge Fund Industry: Part One

Jul 30th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Alpha Strategies

Mark Casella, leader of the U.S. alternatives group at PwC, tells us why he thinks funds of funds still have a role to play in the future of the hedge fund industry, although "we have seen more and more institutions invest directly in hedge funds rather than through funds of funds." This is the first part of a two-part transcript of a broader discussion.Read More


More than $3 Trillion AUM for Top 100 Alternative Investment Managers

Jul 25th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Infrastructure, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

The survey also asked that the asset managers state where their total assets are invested, using four geographical categories: Europe; Central/North America; Asia Pacific; Other. Commodity funds were easily the most heavily invested in C/NA, to the extent of 94 percent of their portfolios. Private equity funds are 61 percent invested in C/NA, and PE FoFs also have the majority of their portfolios there, at 54 percent.Read More


$58 trillion: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Jul 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing

Charles Skorina looks at the state of institutional assets. Read More


Dear SEC: Comments on the JOBS Act

Jul 19th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Regulation, Real Estate, Private Equity, Regulatory

A veteran of hedge funds and private equity, Jeff Joseph offers some comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on the JOBS Act and what this legislation has the potential to mean to the global alternative investment community.Read More


ACG: Intense Competition for Seed Money

Jul 12th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Seeding/early-stage

Acceleration Capital Group says that there were 1,113 new hedge funds in 2011 (and 775 funds liquidated). The increase in the number of supplicants has coincided with a 'decline in [the] traditional seed capital currently deployed by fewer dedicated seeders.'Read More


Citi Says: Second Big Wave of Allocations on the Way

Jul 10th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing

In the introduction to their report, the authors quote one of their interviewees, a leader at a European pension fund, who said: “To me, investing is about going back to the basics. Why do I want to be in this asset class? Why do I want this product? Where does it fit in my portfolio?” Much of the report is structured as a discussion of two distinct shifts in the answers that have been given and are being given to those old queries.Read More


Fee Pushback in the Palmetto State: A Conversation with Curtis Loftis

Jun 28th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Fees

Charles Skorina speaks with Curtis Loftis, Treasurer of South Carolina about investment fees.Read More


PwC: Open Books Will Rebuild Trust for Hedge Funds

Jun 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing

The return of assets to the realm of hedge funds comes with enhanced scrutiny. As Todd Groome, chairman of AIMA, says: “Following 2008, a much greater investor focus on liquidity, portfolio transparency, control and fund governance was clearly evident.” In common with legislative/regulatory changes, this requires transformation.Read More


What does it take to get investment consultants and managers together?

Jun 14th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

Veteran consultant Charles French, CAIA, discusses how to properly forge relationships with investment consultants.Read More


Don’t Fear Hedge Funds or Directional Strategies

May 23rd, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies

Hedge funds as a class have performed quite well since 1994. As one might expect, distinct hedge fund strategies yield distinct results. Long/short equity strategies (or “equity hedge” strategies as KPMG calls them) have done best. Generally speaking, hedge funds willing to make directional bets have outperformed those that stick to relative-value plays.Read More


Pensions, Inflation and Longevity Risk

May 15th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing

The phrase “hybrid pension system,” as you might expect, refers to systems that can be categorized neither as defined contribution nor as defined benefit simply. This may involve for example risk sharing amongst employees, within or between generations of recipients, in the context of a collective defined contribution (CDC). The essential argument of this study, by Samuel Sender, Applied Research Manager at EDHEC, is that demographics will push both DC and DB plans to hybridize. Read More


EDHEC: SWFs and Their Implicit Liabilities

Apr 15th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Forex

SWFs are distinct from pension funds at least in this sense, there are broadly speaking no explicit liabilities. There is no ongoing schedule of payments an SWF is responsible for making, for example. Nonetheless, there are clearly implicit liabilities. On this the point nearly all (92 percent) of survey respondents concurred, saying that implicit liabilities, arising from the objectives of the fund, must be taken into account in managers’ plans.Read More


Endowments Should Prepare for Risks of Deflation

Apr 4th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Risk management, Endowments & Foundations

Traditionally, the endowment model has involved holding illiquid assets, and benefitting from the premiums that markets pay institutions with a tolerance for illiquidity. Further, this self-image of endowments as buy-and-hold institutions leads to a de-emphasis of risk management, in the expectation that near term zigs and zags will level out nicely if given enough time. Mark Schmid and Que Nguyen, both of the University of Chicago, break with this model in a recent paper. They say, “While we continue to pursue strong returns, we must do so without taking on excessive risk to the University."Read More