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Leery Funk’s Open Letter to Sovereign Leaders

Jan 27th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Institutional Investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Economics, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Macroeconomics, Finance & Economics

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO In the interest of brevity, I am going to skip the salutation and get right to the heart of the matter. As my name implies, I am Leery of the lofty promises that depend on solving our long-term problems and I do remain inRead More


SASB + TCFD = Common ESG Disclosure Standards?

Jan 26th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Macroeconomics, Risk Management & Operations, Other Topics in A.I.

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a non-profit organization has developed industry-specific standards across environmental, social, and governance topics, working toward a consensus on the sorts of disclosures that the issuers of securities should and will make to their investors. In November 2018, SASB released complete standards for 77 industries.Read More


Hope May Not Be a Strategy…But Neither is a 60/40

Jan 21st, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Retail Investing, Alpha & Beta, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Guest Contributor Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, Associate Director, Content Development The death of the 60/40 may be a welcome change for multi-asset investors who understand that exposure to risk premia is perhaps a far better long-term investment strategy. Diversification remains an important facet of asset allocation, but weRead More


ESG: Why the Ratings Diverge

Jan 20th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, ESG, The A.I. Industry, Socially responsible investing, The Global Economy & Currencies, Business News, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

A recent MIT Sloan research paper looks at the degree to which various environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings diverge and why. The paper is the work of Florian Berg and Roberto Rigobon, both of MIT Sloan, and Julian F. Kolbel, who is affiliated with the University of Zurich’s departmentRead More


Fossil Fuel: Divestment By the Numbers

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Socially responsible investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Alternative energy, Other Issues in Private Investments, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and one of the world’s wealthiest humans, attracted a good deal of attention last fall by saying, “Divestment, to date, probably has reduced about zero tons of emissions.” He thereby put his finger on a key fault line amongst those who regard ESG investmentRead More


An Alternative View of Manager Selection Risk

Jan 16th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Asset allocation, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

By Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM & Hossein Kazemi, PhD, CFA, CAIA Association & CISDM This is a summary of the editor’s letter originally published in the Volume 8, Issue 4 of the Alternative Investment Analyst Review, a journal published by CAIA Association. The Problem with Studies Many studies onRead More


Simpler Rules for Commodity Pools

Jan 9th, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Institutional Investing, Regulatory, Commodities, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has changed the rules for the managers of commodity pools. The new regulations, approved in November and published in the Federal Register for Dec. 10, take effect on Thursday, January 9, 2020. Some key points about these changes: They have codified Family Office No-Action Letters,Read More


SHARE BUYBACKS OR COMPOSITE EQUITY ISSUANCE?

Jan 1st, 2020 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAPM / Alpha Theory, The A.I. Industry, Financial Economics Theory, The Global Economy & Currencies, Emerging markets, Institutional Asset Management, Finance & Economics

By Daniel Fang, CFA, CAIA, Quantitative Research, and Diana Olteanu-Veerman, CFA, Quantitative Strategy, Northern Trust Asset Management Composite Equity Issuance (Cei) Can be a Proxy for Intangible Returns Anomalies Even though factor investing is widely supported in academia and investment practice, forecasting and harvesting factor returns remains challenging for various reasons.Read More


Ebenezer Scrooge: An Alternative View

Dec 23rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Alpha-centric Companies, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Ebenezer Scrooge was not exactly a cuddly CEO. The way he treated poor Bob Cratchit alone would not have exactly put Scrooge & Marley Ltd. in the top quartile of the Sustainalytics’ ESG Risk Ratings, as he routinely gutted any notion of social responsibility.Read More


Pairs Trading Suggested for Energy Stocks

Dec 11th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, CAPM / Alpha Theory, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Alpha & Beta, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, ETFs, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

Carlos Salas Najera, of the New York City Data Science Academy, has tested an old idea (pairs trading) for a strategy that could be tailored to energy stocks and related ETFs. The resulting paper is “Pairs Trading and VAR Analysis Applied to Energy Stocks.” His latest paper, though, has aRead More


Investment Management: Time for New Leaders and Exiting Comfort Zones

Dec 10th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Disruption is the trend of the moment in many industries and the investment world is no exception. Deloitte Insights has just posted an article that takes a comprehensive look at the investment world today, traditional and alternative. Its theme is that this world is in search of new leadership andRead More


How to Evaluate Smart Beta ETFs

Dec 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Liquid Alternative Investiments, ETFs, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) Beta is like ice cream and comes in many flavors. Broadly we can categorize it into the following four types: Plain beta: Market capitalization-weighted benchmark indices like the S&P 500 or FTSE 100. Smart beta: Indices with tilts to factors backed by academic andRead More


Central Bank Policies Put the Squeeze on Pension Funds

Dec 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Financial Economics Theory, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Finance & Economics

Amundi-CREATE Research has offered its independent assessment on challenges now faced by the world’s pension funds, given the policies of central banks. The subject is of great significance to alternative investments managers who represent the aggressive end of many a pension fund’s portfolio. The gist of the report is thatRead More


Looking for Bias: Hedge Funds, Funds of Funds and Prime Brokers

Nov 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Allocating to A.I.

Prime brokers help funds of hedge funds identify hedge funds, which creates what the authors of a new paper call a PB bias. This means that portfolios are overweighted to the hedge funds serviced by the connected prime brokers. The scholars tested (and confirmed) the intuitive hypothesis that the biasRead More


Democratization Without Education

Nov 18th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Retail Investing, Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, High-net-worth investors, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Family Offices, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CAIA Association CEO The American history buffs out there will know that we are just a few short weeks away from the 246th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Back in 1773, the British government was deep in debt and decided the very best course was toRead More


Investors Want Liquidity and They Want it Now

Nov 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, The Global Economy & Currencies, Other Issues in Private Investments, Business News, Economics, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Macroeconomics, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

A recent publication from Fidelity Institutional Asset Management, while looking at the money markets in the US, emphasizes that investors are looking for liquidity. The report, written by Kerry Pope and Chris Lewis, each an institutional portfolio manager with FIAM, begins with a discussion of the Federal Reserve’s September rateRead More


A Harvard Education

Oct 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Academic Foundations, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Personalities in AI, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association While Harvard the institution is legendary, much less is known about its founding other than by some who have taken those tedious Cambridge tours or the gifted alum who studied their way in through one of those 25 famous gates. Harvard College was foundedRead More


Improve Private Funds, Don’t Do Away with Them

Oct 22nd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Equity Types of Private Equity, Other Issues in Private Investments, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

By John L. Bowman, CFA This editorial first appeared on Sept. 18 in Crain’s Pensions & Investments online edition. It’s open season on private equity in the Democratic presidential debates. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and others have made attacking “Wall Street” a major plank in their campaign platforms.Read More


Negative Interest Rates: A Reason to Invest in Hedge Funds?

Sep 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

Negative interest rate policy—that is, central bank arrangements that seek to inspire spending by punishing savings, not merely in real but in nominal terms—have spread in recent years among the developed economies, and are now in use in Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, and the Eurozone. Denmark got the ball rolling inRead More


Zebras Are Reactionaries

Sep 9th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, The A.I. Industry, Asset Managers, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Smart Beta, Risk Management & Operations, Allocating to A.I.

Someone told me that it’s all happening At the Zoo. In this case, it was Paul Simon in his 1967 title song where he anthropomorphizes the animals he sees in the Central Park Zoo. Some are deemed to be honest, some kindly but dumb, and some insincere or skeptical, and,Read More


PORTFOLIO PROTECTION VIA MANAGED FUTURES LIQUID ALTS?

Sep 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Alternative Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, Commodities, ETFs, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION The mafia and the hedge fund industry share some characteristics. Both are powerful, non-transparent, and create little value for society. Naturally the mafia is a criminal organization while the only “criminal” element of hedge funds are the high fees they are charging forRead More


New Study Shows Hedge Fund Investors are Quick Learners

Sep 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, High-net-worth investors, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Family Offices

A recent study by two scholars at the University of California Irvine asks how quickly investors learn about the skills of their asset managers, including their hedge fund managers. Christopher Schwarz and Zheng Sun, both associate professors of finance at The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, hadRead More


Is it Time for the Gold Bug to Bite?

Aug 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Hard metals, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Commodities, Commodities: Examples, ETFs, Gold

Diane Merritt, of the Closed-End Fund Association (CEF) spoke recently with Axel Merk, of Merk Investments, about precious metals as part of a portfolio, and specifically the role these metals can play late in the business cycle: which, according to a rather broad consensus, is where we now are. TheRead More


Whatfore Art Thou Use of Alt-data?

Aug 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Alternative data, The A.I. Industry, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I.

Shakespeare’s Juliet once famously asked “what’s in a name?” If you know the play, she was talking about roses and how they would smell as sweet, even if they had an alternative name. Would her modern-day self not ask the same about data? And what makes today’s alt-data different fromRead More


How Endowments and Foundations Look at Hedge Funds

Aug 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Consultants, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Venture capital, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, High-net-worth investors, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Fees, Family Offices

Cowen’s Capital Introduction Group has compiled information on what the endowment and foundation community is thinking about hedge funds and how best to invest in them. The Cowen paper on the subject begins with the observation, drawn from Preqin, that at present US-based E&Fs with more than $750 million inRead More


Restrictions on Pension Plan Investments: A Global Survey

Jul 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Derivatives, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Institutional Asset Management, Structured Products, Allocating to A.I.

A new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development surveys the main quantitative investment restrictions to which pension funds and other pension providers are subject in both OECD countries and a selection of International Organization of Pension Supervisors’ (IOPS) member countries. It reminds us of the general desireRead More


The Audacity of Opacity

Jul 15th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Media Coverage of Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Industry Size & Managers, Asset Managers, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, High-net-worth investors, Alternative Investments in Context, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Family Offices, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Why are we still talking about this? No, it’s not the central bankers and their insatiable easing tendencies, trade wars with China, or even the Women’s World Cup football match (sorry Netherlands!). These stories all make great headlines, drive news ratings, generate tickertape parades,Read More


The Dangers and Attractions of Infrastructure Investing

Jul 4th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Natural Resources and Land, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Other Topics in A.I.

An arm of Brookfield Asset Management, Brookfield Infrastructure, announced that it is leading a group of investors to buy Genesee & Wyoming for a cash payment of $112 per share, a premium of nearly 40% over the pre-announcement stock price. This is a big infrastructure play. G&W is a freightRead More


SOS

Jul 1st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Retail Investing, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Ask someone of a certain generation to name the most common worldwide distress signal, and they will likely come back with SOS. No surprise then that this same signal, borne from the Morse code, turns 111 years old on this date in history. MostRead More


Mind the Gap: The Unforeseen Consequences of Smart Beta

Jun 27th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Retail Investing, The A.I. Industry, Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, ETFs, Smart Beta, Other Topics in A.I.

A new paper by Sean Markowicz, a strategist at Schroders, looks into the possibility that fund flows into the assets generically called smart beta are having detrimental consequences for the financial system. It also sheds some light on investors’ bad timing regarding ETFs. The assets at issue are, according toRead More


Fixing the Sharpe Ratio: A Machine Learning Approach

Jun 16th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

The Sharpe ratio has long served as a simple but important item in the due diligence tool kit. Formulated by William F. Sharpe in 1966 and first called the “reward to variability” ratio, the number arises from an investment’s rate of return minus the risk-free rate divided by the standardRead More


A HORSE RACE OF LIQUID ALTERNATIVES

Jun 13th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Equity Hedge Funds, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Hedge Funds, Liquid Alts, Commodities, ETFs, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Other Topics in A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION Investing is challenging as it is complex and complicated, which requires continuous learning and updating of mental frameworks. Conflicts and contradictions are found everywhere. For example, data from the mutual fund industry shows that most funds fail to outperform their benchmarks, but investors inRead More


Advising the Ultra-Wealthy: The State of the Industry

Jun 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, The A.I. Industry, High-net-worth investors, Family Offices

The Family Office Exchange (FOX) has released a report on the state of the ultra-wealthy advisory business. The report, based on a survey and interviews, draws three broad conclusions: first, the business is in a healthy condition; second, its value proposition is in transition, away from asset-based and toward retainer-basedRead More


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


Accommodating Ambiguity Aversion in Portfolio Modeling

May 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, The A.I. Industry, Risk management, Risk Metrics and Measurement, Risk Management Strategies & Processes

By standard definition, “ambiguity aversion” is the preference for known risks over unknown risks, the known unknowns over the unknown unknowns. A recent paper discusses the portfolio-level consequences of this aversion. The paper, written by Valery Polkovnichenko and Hui (Grace) Wang, explains that for an ambiguity-neutral investor, “adding active portfolio withRead More


HEDGE FUND ETFS: BETTER THAN THE ORIGINALS

May 12th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Retail Investing, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Alternative Investments in Context, ETFs, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I.

By Nicolas Rabener of FactorResearch (@FactorResearch) INTRODUCTION As Amazon has been decimating large parts of the retail industry over the last two decades, ETFs have done the equivalent to the mutual fund industry in the financial world. Today ETFs are covering nearly all areas of the markets, no matter howRead 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


REPLICATING FAMOUS HEDGE FUNDS

Apr 21st, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Alternative Beta & Hedge Fund Replication, Hedge Funds

By Nicolas Rabener @Factor Research INTRODUCTION In 1973, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the first regulations that required the nutrition labeling of certain foods as consumers were left in the dark about what they were eating. The regulations evolved and culminated in the widely-recognized nutrition facts panelRead More


The Illiquidity Premium and the Market for Private Assets

Apr 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Debt Types of Private Equity, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Asset allocation, Equity Types of Private Equity, Asset Allocation Models, Other Issues in Private Investments, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, Finance & Economics

The illiquidity premium is one of the most frequently discussed and hotly disputed subjects in financial economics. Speaking broadly, an investment is not a checking account. One generally cannot just “get the cash back” at a moment’s notice, by visiting some equivalent of an ATM. How long will it takeRead More


Let WSYD Be Your Guide 

Apr 8th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Hedge Funds, Alternative Investments in Context, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association WWJD has been a motto for certain holy rollers who ask, ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ in any variety of situations. Perhaps this phrase is meant to serve as an ethical guide or a touchstone back to someone who might just know what is right more than you do. ThisRead More


Nonprofits Gird for Tough New Tax Rules

Mar 26th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management

By Charles Skorina We’re executive recruiters, not lawyers, so you generally won’t catch us opining on important lawyerly stuff like detinue, replevin, trover; or even usufruct (especially usufruct).  We’ll leave all that to the learned JDs. But, in our daily conversations with investment heads in the nonprofit world, we’ve beenRead More


Oak-and-Tree and Larry Grows… 

Mar 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Risk management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association The adaptation to this week’s title harkens back to late 19th century Scotland where this was a play song more popularly known as “Oats and Beans and Barley Grow.” It was a song of action in a time and a place—where most of the wakingRead More


Hedge Funds: Observing the Unobserved Performance

Mar 14th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, The A.I. Industry, Alpha & Beta, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Two different strands of scholarly research into hedge fund performance produce markedly different conclusions. There is the returns-based approach, which finds that the average hedge fund manager does better than the market portfolio, net of fees. But there is also a holdings-based approach, which looks at the performance of theRead More


Was 2014 a Turning Point for ESG Investing?

Mar 7th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Emerging Alternative Investments, Institutional Asset Management, SRI and Clean Energy

Amundi, the French asset management firm that, less than a year ago, launched the world’s largest green bond and emerging markets-focused investment, has just posted a scholarly discussion, “How ESG Investing Has Impacted the Asset Pricing in the Equity Market.”  The paper begins by saying that academic study of ESG firmsRead More


Pension Funds Not Quite Swamped by ‘Grey Tsunami’

Mar 5th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Private Equity, Hedge Fund Strategies, Infrastructure, The A.I. Industry, Equity Hedge Funds, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Natural Resources and Land, Asset Allocation Models, Commodities, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Private Investments, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

A recent study of public employee retirement systems in the United States reaches conclusions, that, after a fair amount of “grey tsunami” alarmism in recent years, sound reassuring. The study, based on a recent survey of system managements conducted by the National Conference of Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS) inRead More


Hedge Funds Stronger in January, Thanks to The Fed

Mar 3rd, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, Hedge Fund Strategies, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Industry Size & Managers, Equity Hedge Funds, Benchmarking & Performance Attribution, Hedge Funds, Event-Driven Hedge Funds, Funds of Hedge Funds, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Relative Value Hedge Funds

Risk-on sentiment returned in January, with good news on trade talks and with the Federal Reserve in the United States putting some distance between itself and its 2018 hard-money stance (the Fed started saying in January that it would be “patient” about selling off-balance sheet assets). Globally, hedge funds grewRead More


Defined Contribution Schemes in Britain: Encouraging a Broader Portfolio

Feb 28th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, Private Equity, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Alpha Strategies, Hedge Funds, Equity Types of Private Equity, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Allocating to A.I.

Britain’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Alternative Investment Management has published a paper on the country’s pensions. It’s focus is defined contribution schemes especially and the demographic strain they face, and the prospect of their moving more heavily into alternative assets and strategies in response. Defined benefit schemes “have some freedomRead More


Waiting for Godot

Feb 25th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, What about beta?, Consultants, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

By Bill Kelly, CEO, CAIA Association Waiting for Godot is a tragic comedy play by Samuel Beckett which first premiered on stage in Paris in 1953. There is only one scene and two primary characters who seem to know that they must wait for someone named Godot. They don’t knowRead More


Green Bonds: The Future of Infrastructure Investing

Feb 24th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Commodities, Infrastructure, Investing in Commodities, Debt Types of Private Equity, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Hedge Funds, Commodities, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, Real Assets, SRI and Clean Energy, Other Topics in A.I.

Two scholars affiliated with the Centre for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo, Canada, have taken a look at the future of green bonds, that is, bonds whose proceeds are employed to fund environmental initiatives. The paper, by Olaf Weber and Vasundhara Saravade, begins with a guesstimate as to the amount ofRead More


Steps to Attain Sustainable Development Goals

Feb 19th, 2019 | Filed under: Newly Added, Social investing, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Socially responsible investing, Other Issues in Private Investments, Climate change, Institutional Asset Management, Private Investments, SRI and Clean Energy

Amber Fairbanks, a portfolio manager at Mirova, a division of Natixis, recently talked to Clarice Avery, a Natixis investment strategist on Asset TV about potential long-term investment opportunity in the ESG space. She described ESG as a way in which investors can benefit from long-term secular trends rather than tryingRead More