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Endowment costs: The secret history

Nov 6th, 2017 | Filed under: Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added

By Charles Skorina In early 2016 certain Congressional committees sent letters to 65 major private universities asking for information about their endowments.  They supposedly had an urgent need for this data and gave the schools just 30 days to respond. It was worded as a polite request, but it cameRead More


EIU on Institutions and Time Horizons

Oct 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Risk management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

With the  sponsorship of Franklin Templeton, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)  has surveyed  143 investing institutions in North America (part of the global sample of 571) in order to study recent shifts in their portfolio allocation, especially with an eye to the risks that concern them and the length ofRead More


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

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

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


Paying the Top Guns of Institutional Investing

Sep 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Personalities in AI

By Charles Skorina Last month in Part One of this report we focused on relative performance.  We ranked 107 CIOs by trailing 5-year returns. Now, we focus on how much institutions pay these excellent people. The bare comp numbers lead us to the tricky and perennial question of whether their payRead More


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

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

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


Lessons from University Endowments

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

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


Preqin and NXT Capital on the Filling of a Post-GFC Vacuum

Jul 20th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Institutional Asset Management, Newly Added

Preqin, in collaboration with NXT Capital, has surveyed institutional investors about the U.S. lower middle-market direct lending space, and has issued a report on their attitudes. The gist of the report is that investor appetite for the lower middle market “has steadily gained momentum in the past decade and …Read More


The 100+ Top Guns of Institutional Investing

Jul 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added, Personalities in AI, Who's Who

By Charles Skorina This letter looks at the most recent five-year performance of over one hundred of the world’s best institutional investors. Endowment chief investment officers have an infinite investment horizon, a global playing field, and can invest in anything anywhere – within the broad policy limits set by theirRead More


State Pensions and Complex Investments

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

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


What makes a great Chief Investment Officer?

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

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


Credit Suisse Finds that Institutions Remain Committed to Hedge Funds

Apr 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Hedge Funds, Newly Added, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

A new Credit Suisse report about hedge fund investors’ appetites, titled “shifting tides,” comes to the somewhat re-assuring conclusion that, in some respects at least, the shift isn’t what one might fear. The report begins with the simple observation that 2016, a year that began with unexpected swings in manyRead More


Survey Respondents: Market Volatility is the Gravest Threat Just Now

Mar 26th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Alpha & Beta, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added

Natixis Global Asset Management is out with its annual survey of institutional investors and their views about alternative investors. The survey included institutions around the world and of many distinct classes: corporate and public pension funds, insurance funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments/foundations, managing amongst them $15.5 trillion. The break-down ofRead More


Pension Institute on the Herding Tendency of Pensions as Investors

Jan 29th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Institutional Investing, Newly Added

A new paper by the Pension Institute looks at the investing behavior of UK defined-benefit plans over the past 25 years, and finds a degree of correlation that should be worrisome to plan sponsors. The sponsors might want to design an improved incentive structure “that can better motivate pension fundsRead More


OECD Report on Insurer Portfolio Investment Strategies

Jan 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Newly Added

A paper by Helmut Gründl and two associates, discussed at the June 2016 meeting of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and published “on the responsibility of the Secretary-General” thereof, proposes that the regulators of insurers active in the various member countries should see their role not as theRead More


Natixis asks 500 institutional investors to look into the future

Dec 20th, 2016 | Filed under: Allocating to A.I., Emerging markets, Finance & Economics, High-net-worth investors, Institutional Asset Management, Newly Added, The Global Economy & Currencies

Natixis Global Asset Management has released the results of a survey of 500 institutional investors, asking them their views on prospects for 2017. The surveyed institutions expect that political and economic developments could cause an increase in volatility in the year to come, and active managers have to reset theirRead More


2016 Allocator Trends Report: Consensus and Dissension

Apr 7th, 2016 | Filed under: Commodities, Commodities, Investing in Commodities, Newly Added

Context Summits has published a detailed report on the views of those who allocate money into hedge funds. Almost everybody they talked to is in on the act. Ninety-six percent of investors expect to allocate to two or more hedge funds in 2016.  A majority (57%) were prepared to investRead More


The Skorina Report: Why You Can’t Clone Yale

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

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


When an allocator calls: Best Practices for a CTA’s back office

Mar 9th, 2016 | Filed under: Commodities, CTA, Hedge Funds, Investing in Commodities, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Newly Added, The A.I. Industry

By Dana Comolli, president, DMAXX LLC Every trader who has tried to raise money knows the drill from investors: yes we want to know about your performance, but also, explain in detail your back office (infrastructure, organization). Most allocators come with pages of checklists and expect the manager to beRead More


Institutions Thinking About Interest Rates and Volatility

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

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


SWFs under Pressure: No Panic Selling Yet

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

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


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

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

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


5 SNAFUs to Avoid With Investors

Aug 13th, 2015 | Filed under: Family Offices, High-net-worth investors

Guest columnist Diane Harrison discusses the art communicating with investors.Read More


What hath CalPERS Wrought? And Why?

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

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: Asset allocation, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing

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: Alpha Hunters, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing

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


Investing in the Investor

Sep 4th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing, Retail Investing

Guest columnist Diane Harrison looks at what advisors think of hedge funds.Read More


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

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


Eurekahedge: Europe-Focused Managers Took Hits in July

Aug 20th, 2014 | Filed under: Emerging markets, Performance, Analytics & Metrics

Banco Espirito Santo, and its CEO Salgado, had emerged from an earlier round of crisis (way back in 2012) with a roseate smell. Their latest smell ... not so good. 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


SIP and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Aug 12th, 2014 | Filed under: Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, Regulatory, Technology

Christopher Faille reviews the basic facts about SIP, the Securities Information Processor, and cites (with some incredulity) a new contention in some quarters that SIP isn't all that important because nobody really relies upon it. Read More


Advancing the Infrastructure Investment Narrative

Aug 11th, 2014 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Infrastructure, 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: Alpha Strategies, Asset allocation, Institutional Investing

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


HF Investors and Managers Differ On Impact of New Regulations

Feb 6th, 2013 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Regulatory

Forty-three percent of managers see Dodd-Frank as having a negative impact; 35 percent see it as having no impact at all; only 22 percent see it as a positive. The positive they see in it may simply be the presumed improved access to institutions that are “keen to invest in vehicles with some degree of regulated oversight,” in the words of Preqin's Amy Bensted.Read More


Ernst & Young on Investor/Manager Splits

Nov 25th, 2012 | Filed under: Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing

Only a sliver of investors (2 percent) believe that regulation is effective in preventing the next crisis. Indeed, even the number of those who are neutral on that point is smallish, because a full 85 percent see regulations as ineffective for this purpose, though skepticism is not quite so intense on the matter of the value of regulations in protecting investor interests. 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


Pension Reform: It’s Not Just About Delaying Retirement

Oct 16th, 2012 | Filed under: Institutional Investing

Recent suggested reforms in an EC white paper on pensions all sound reasonable enough, but they don't speak to the issue of the practices of pension fund managers. The demographic challenges in the Eurozone and the debate it has set off should surely call forth bigger Big Picture thinking than this.Read More


Healthcare Nonprofit Investments: The Case for Boredom

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

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


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

Aug 29th, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Institutional Investing, Private Equity, 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: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing

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: Alpha Strategies, Asset allocation, Private Equity, Real Estate

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: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund 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: Alpha Strategies, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Infrastructure, Institutional Investing, Private Equity, Real Estate

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


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: Fees, Institutional Investing

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


Preqin to Hedge Funds: Wooing Institutions May Require Patience

Jun 27th, 2012 | Filed under: Alpha Strategies, Asset allocation, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing

Institutions aren’t to be rushed into committing to a hedge fund. The process can take more than a year. Preqin asked institutions: once a fund has caught their attention, specifically once they have first seen a fund proposal, how much time typically passes before they actually make an investment, if they do?Read More


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

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

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