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What makes a great Chief Investment Officer?

May 1, 2017 Comments (0)

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

April 30, 2017 Comments (0)

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

Risk Management Isn’t Just Fund Selection

April 27, 2017 Comments (0)

New Strategies for Risk Management in Private Equity, a new book from Private Equity International, is an anthology of papers on the titular subject. It is edited by Dr. Ivan Herger to offer investors in PE new perspectives on the field. Herger, a managing director at Capital Dynamics, has aRead More

Generation Two Liquid Alternatives

April 25, 2017 Comments (0)

Beachhead Capital Management has published a white paper on what it calls the “second generation of liquid alternatives.” To begin at the beginning, “liquid alternatives” are investment products, available to retail investors, for example through mutual funds or ETFs, which are designed to provide the diversification and absolute-return benefits typicallyRead More

Ernst & Young on ESG Reporting

April 23, 2017 Comments (0)

Are companies leveling with their shareholders and stakeholders in reporting data pertinent to their environmental and social impacts and their governance issues? Whether they are or aren’t levelling: how important is that as part of their relationship with their investors? For Ernst & Young, these questions have become more pressingRead More

Preqin: Another Net Outflow Year Underway for Hedge Fund Industry

April 20, 2017 Comments (0)

In the February issue of its Hedge Fund Spotlight, Preqin looks into its crystal ball and tells us of its near term (2017) predictions for the hedge fund industry. The article begins with a simple observation: hedge funds saw net outflows of assets under management (AUM) in 2016. Likewise, 54%Read More

The Case for Bargain Hunting in South Africa

April 18, 2017 Comments (0)

Charles Roth, of Thornburg Investment Management, has made the case that markets have over-reacted to the recent political shake-up in South Africa, driving asset prices below their underlying value. Thus (although Roth doesn’t put the point quite this bluntly) this could be a time for some bargain hunting.  Finance MinistryRead More

Mega-Trends and Possible Future Normals

April 16, 2017 Comments (0)

A new CFA Institute report, working from a survey of 1,145 leaders in the contemporary global investment industry, discusses the mega-trends at work, including: technological advance, shifting client preferences, new macroeconomic conditions, changing regulatory regimes amidst geopolitical novelties, and new demographics. The report, entitled “Future State of the Investment Profession:Read More

Metals and Mining: A Tale of Two Doughnuts

April 12, 2017 Comments (0)

Preqin has turned its Spotlight on Real Assets in a new publication, drawing our attention in particular to metals and mining. Among the institutional investors that say they are targeting unlisted metals and mining focused funds over the coming twelve months, Preqin names three as “samples”:  the Compagnia di SanRead More

Credit Suisse Finds that Institutions Remain Committed to Hedge Funds

April 11, 2017 Comments (0)

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