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SSGA on Smart Beta

Feb 8th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Liquid Alts, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

State Street Global Advisers has put out a “Complete Guide to Smart Beta.” A preface by Lynn S. Blake explains that the focus of the paper is not on equity products but on “exciting new developments in the fixed income world.” Within that space, multi-factor strategies will proliferate going forward.Read More


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


Sovereign Wealth Funds, UN Goals, and Hedge Fund Fees

Jan 30th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Fees, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Allocating to A.I.

Dr. Rajiv Sharma has written an extensive literature review of “sovereign wealth funds’ investment in sustainable development sectors” for the UN sponsored high-level conference on Financing for Development. Sharma is research director, global projects center, at Stanford University. He writes in this review that there are “a number of issuesRead More


The Rationality (or Otherwise) of Public Pension Fund Managers

Jan 28th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

A new research paper from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business discusses the rationality (or otherwise) of the return expectations of institutional investors, with especial reference to public pension funds. It finds that the returns that pension fund managers expect from their investments are extrapolated from the returns thoseRead More


KPMG’s Report Cards on Real Assets

Jan 23rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Liquid and Fixed Income Real Estate, Institutional Investing, Natural Resources and Land, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Real Estate Equity Investments, Real Assets

KPMG has posted a new paper looking at the role of real assets (defined as “anything where there is a tangible/physical asset being traded”) within a portfolio, with a focus on opportunities for U.K. based institutional investors, especially pension schemes. It begins with a brief survey of the field. RealRead More


Searching for the Right Infrastructure Manager: 3 Case Studies

Jan 14th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Infrastructure, Institutional Investing, Operationally Intensive Real Assets, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

A new paper from bfinance (an independent financial services consultancy headquartered in London) discusses the “dramatically different era” into which infrastructure investing has entered over the last two years. The paper, “DNA of a Manager Search: Infrastructure,” looks at three recent unlisted infrastructure searches, in order to glean some insightRead More


Global Macro: Valuable for Institutional Portfolios

Jan 7th, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Strategies, Institutional Investing, Asset allocation, Hedge Funds, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

The Mekata Investment Group has published a white paper on global macro hedge funds, contending that a position in such a fund is a valuable defensive tool for an institution. Global Macros are valuable because they perform best during turbulent or volatile markets, which is when defense is most needed,Read More


Top Hedge Fund Industry Trends for 2018

Jan 3rd, 2018 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

By Don Steinbrugge Each year, Agecroft Partners predicts the top hedge fund industry trends stemming from our contact with more than two thousand institutional investors and hundreds of hedge fund organizations. The hedge fund industry is dynamic, and participants are best served by anticipating, rather than reacting to, change. Below areRead More


Hedge Funds: Myths and Pendulums

Dec 27th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

Steben & Co., a Gaithersburg, Maryland headquartered fund of fund manager, has issued a white paper on the various unfavorable myths that it contends surround the hedge fund market. It says that four different myths are discouraging investments, and indeed that they are promulgated precisely for that purpose. The myths:Read More


Rukaiyah Adams, CIO Meyer Memorial Trust – doing good and investing well

Dec 26th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Who's Who, Institutional Investing, Personalities in AI, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Practitioners

By Charles Skorina The $90 billion Oregon Pension ranks among the top 15 in the US, but how many in the industry know the current board chair, Ms. Rukaiyah Adams? Ms. Adams was born in Berkeley, CA, grew up in diverse, northeast Portland, and returned to her home city afterRead More


Institutional Investors Expect More Vol, Higher Interest Rates: But They Fear Not

Dec 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Consultants, The A.I. Industry, Alpha & Beta, Institutional Investing, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

Natixis Investment Managers has released survey data on the mood of institutional investors around the world. Natixis, which has $961 billion in assets under management, polled the decision makers of 500 institutions that together represent more than $19 trillion of assets. Among the takeaways: investors expect more volatility, in bothRead More


State Street Forecasts on Smart Beta

Dec 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Liquid Alternative Investiments, Institutional Investing, Smart Beta, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics, Other Topics in A.I.

State Street Global Advisors has a new paper out that seeks to help State Street clients “refine their own strategic asset allocation” especially insofar as their portfolios include smart beta investments, by explaining how State Street forecasts returns, and where the forecasts as to some of the factor returns standRead 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 look at the European pension industry

Nov 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

Three years ago, Amin Rajan, the CEO of CREATE-Research, prepared a study of the way that pension plans had reacted to the global financial crisis and to the subsequent financial conditions.  His study continues to be worthy of attention in 2017. The study included a survey of 190 pension plansRead More


Exley on Cashflow-Driven Investment

Nov 26th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Liability Driven Investing, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management

A new paper by Jon Exley, solutions manager of Schroders, discusses cashflow-driven investment (CDI) as a system of portfolio management that accepts and builds upon liability-driven investment (LDI). The idea in both cases is to match all future projected liability payments as they fall due, which is definitionally the imperativeRead More


Interest Rates and Hedge Fund Returns

Nov 23rd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Hedge Funds, Fees, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry, Allocating to A.I.

A paper put out in October by an Associate Director and a Managing Director at Pavilion Alternatives Group says that hedge fund performance can suffer from a performance fee drag as a consequence of rising interest rates, and from the increasing cash rate that comes with that rise.  They explainRead More


Advice to Hedge Fund Managers on Attracting, Retaining Investors

Nov 19th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Hedge Fund Industry Trends, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Fees, Structure of the Hedge Funds Industry

Ernst & Young has released a new survey on how hedge fund managers may “embrace innovation to illuminate competitive advantages,” that is, to attract and retain investors and their assets. Manager may need such advice, because the investors surveyed said they are more likely to decrease allocations to hedge fundsRead More


Adding Some Contrarianism to the Momentum Strategy

Nov 12th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Hedge Funds, Allocating to A.I.

A scholar in Moscow, at National Research University Higher School of Economics, has proposed a trading strategy that combines ‘momentum’ and “contrarian’ strategies in a way that, this scholar believes, could reap the upsides of both. The scholar, Victoria Dobrynskaya, assistant professor of finance, says that momentum strategies do produceRead More


Endowment costs: The secret history

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

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: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Risk management, Institutional Asset Management, Risk Management Strategies & Processes, Allocating to A.I.

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: 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


The State of Alternative Investments in Australia and New Zealand 

Oct 8th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management

A new Preqin paper presents the state of the alternatives investment industry in Australia and New Zealand. Mark O’Hare, the CEO of Preqin, says in a Foreword that Preqin’s databases track 481 fund managers active in one or the other of those two countries, and 443 “significant institutional investors” TheRead More


Alternative Investments in Target Date Funds

Oct 3rd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Alternative Investments in Context

Vanguard, the manager of about 370 low cost traditional funds and ETFs, and an institution famously associated with low cost retail investing, has made public a new paper on the inclusion of alternative investments in target date funds. It isn’t enamored of the idea. Target date funds (TDFs), otherwise knownRead More


The Function of the High-Watermark: Not What You Think

Oct 1st, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Performance, Analytics & Metrics, The A.I. Industry

A new paper in the Journal of Accounting and Finance discusses hurdle rates and high watermarks, and how they affect, or at least correlate with, performance. A hurdle rate is a minimum contractually specified rate of return that a hedge fund must achieve in order to collect performance fees. ARead More


AIMA and SGPS on Managed Futures and CTAs

Sep 28th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Algorithmic and high-frequency trading, CTA, The A.I. Industry, Investing in Commodities, Commodities, Business News, Institutional Asset Management, Macro and Managed Futures Funds, Allocating to A.I.

The Alternative Investment Management Association and Societe Generale Prime Services have together put out a white paper about managed futures funds and the commodity trading advisers who manage them. A key themes of the paper is that managed futures strategies aren’t as risky as are typical investments in equity markets.Read More


Aon: Alternative Risk Premia Viable for Many

Sep 17th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Financial Economics Theory, Asset Allocation Models, Allocating to A.I., Finance & Economics

A new report from Aon discusses the contemporary market for alternative risk premia: where it is, how it got here; where it may be headed. The authors, Matthew Towsey and Chris Walvoord, begin with some very basic considerations of what ‘risk premia’ are. They are, on the one hand, theRead More


Paying the Top Guns of Institutional Investing

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

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: 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


NEPC Surveys E&F Managers About Alternative Investments

Aug 27th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

NEPC, the investment consulting group that caters especially to endowments and foundations, has posted a survey about what such institutions think of marketable alternatives. This broad category “marketable alternatives” includes direct hedge funds, funds of hedge funds, liquid alternatives, and global asset allocation. Eighty-seven percent of the E&F respondents inRead More


Build Value: Don’t Just Meet Quarterly Targets!

Aug 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Alternative Investments in Context, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

FCLT Global, a new not-for-profit organization that seeks to promote long-term thinking in business and finance, has issued a manifesto, “Rising to the Challenge of Short-Termism.” The paper was written by Dominic Barton, Jonathan Bailer, and Joshua Zoffer. Each is affiliated with McKinsey & Company, which is one of theRead More


Boston College’s CRR on Alternatives in Pension Portfolios

Aug 13th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Asset Allocation Models, Institutional Asset Management

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has put out a white paper about public pensions and alternative investments.  It asks two questions: which plans have made the largest shift into alternatives? And, how has that shift mattered to their returns and risk? The report begins with the observationRead 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


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

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

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: Newly Added, Who's Who, Institutional Investing, Personalities in AI, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management

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


Pensions: On Mortality and Long-Duration Corporate Bonds

Jul 11th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Asset allocation, Asset Allocation Models, Allocating to A.I.

Milliman, an actuarial and consulting firm headquartered in Seattle, has completed a white paper on corporate pension funding based on its 17th annual analysis of the disclosures of the “Milliman 100,” that is, of the 100 biggest corporate defined benefit plan sponsors in the U.S. The funded ratio of theseRead More


Alternative Risk Premia Investing

Jul 9th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Alpha & Beta, Asset Allocation Models, Allocating to A.I.

Unigestion has posted a research paper by Olivier Blin, Joan Lee, and Jérôme Teiletche, on “some of the practical considerations that should help investors get the most out of their allocation to” alternative risk premia (ARP) strategies. Unigestion is a boutique asset manager, and Blin is its head of crossRead More


Sovereign Funds: Illiquidity and Transparency

Jun 22nd, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Asset Management, Real Assets, Allocating to A.I.

News reports in the waning days of the second quarter of 2017 indicate that sovereign wealth funds, especially those of the Middle East, have turned in a big way toward real estate. Invesco says that the region’s SWFs allocated 11% of their portfolios to international real property in 2016. RealRead More


Do Teachers Pensions Need Trumpian Negotiators?

Jun 20th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Hedge Funds, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has issued a lengthy rebuke to and critique of the fee structure of the alternatives investment industry; in a position paper it calls The Big Squeeze. Should the title be considered obscure, the subtitle is clearer about the paper’s thesis, “How Money Managers’ FeesRead More


Growth and Challenges for Asset Management in Italy

Jun 15th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, The A.I. Industry, Alternative Investments in Context, ETFs, Allocating to A.I.

A recent (May 2017) Deloitte white paper discussed asset management in Italy. The paper begins with the observation that key institutions in Italian finance have a relatively short history: going no further back than the mists of the 1990s. The Società di Intermediazione Mobiliare (SIM) – literally, the phrase meansRead 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


Leading the charge into OCIO battlespace: 2 Harvardians invent an industry

Jun 7th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Endowments & Foundations, Institutional Asset Management

By Charles Skorina In 1973, two former Harvard roommates and budding entrepreneurs – Jim Bailey and Hunter Lewis – took on an assignment to review the investments held in their school’s endowment. Things were very different back then.  A treasurer of the Harvard Corporation with the wonderfully Bostonian name ofRead More


Broad Commodities: Value, Inflation, Implementation

May 29th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Investing in Commodities, Commodities, ETFs

ETF Securities (US) LLC, a New York-based asset manager and manufacturer of ETP’s (Exchange Traded Products),” has issued a white paper written by its Director, Investment Strategy, (Maxwell Gold), on “broad commodities,” that is, on the use of a broad basket of commodities, as a way of allowing an investor’sRead More


The Intelligent Use of Smart Beta     

May 25th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Smart Beta, Allocating to A.I., Other Topics in A.I.

This is the first of a series of articles on smart beta. By Scott Opsal, The Leuthold Group Understanding Factor Returns And Market Conditions Quantitative investing has become an integral component of professional investment management, and smart beta funds have become popular vehicles for advisors as they assemble actively-managed clientRead 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


SWFs: Growth Slows but Continues

May 4th, 2017 | Filed under: Newly Added, Institutional Investing, Institutional Asset Management, Allocating to A.I.

Preqin’s new Sovereign Wealth Fund Review makes the point that total assets under the management of SWFs continue to grow, but the rate of growth is notably slowing. This graph, measuring in US$ trillions, illustrates the growth trend since the financial crisis. Although the space grew by $.76 trillion betweenRead 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


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


Credit Suisse Finds that Institutions Remain Committed to Hedge Funds

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

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