As we highlighted in a recent newsletter, institutional investors continue to shift their U.S. equity allocations away from actively managed strategies and into index funds. The support for this shift has been proven by academic research as well as recent investment experience. This paper does not question the validity of passive investing approaches. Accepting that it is difficult at best to beat a market that is relatively efficient, this paper nonetheless seeks to determine if there are areas of public equity markets that are “less efficient” and thus potentially conducive to active investing. Without taking a stance on the active versus passive debate, this paper asks, “if you plan to hire an active manager, what is the best place to start looking?”
The following paper examines global equity as an asset class, focusing on justifications and concerns for investing globally rather than via a traditional partitioned U.S. and non-U.S. approach. Furthermore, relative performance, risks, and meaningful outperformance from active management are also considered. Ultimately, this paper strives to investigate the theoretical reasons for global investing and whether these same arguments hold true in reality.
Over the last several years institutional investors have adjusted their fixed income portfolios to include significant allocations to global bonds. This trend represents a regime shift from prior years when bond portfolios were mostly concentrated on U.S. issuers. However, as the trend has gained momentum, so has the need to truly understand global bonds and how they can impact a portfolio. In this paper, we outline our position on investing in global bonds from the perspective of a U.S.-based investor.
Failure to rebalance a portfolio can lead to a much different risk and return profile than suggested by the original asset allocation. Although straightforward in concept, the topic of rebalancing is not always understood, most especially its importance in times of market stress. In this paper, we address the most common rebalancing programs utilized by investors, and investigate the advantages of each.
LDI Position Paper Part 2 (of 2). Intended as a resource for plan sponsors who have decided to implement an LDI strategy, and covers the practical issues surrounding implementation and maintenance, along with risks.
LDI Position Paper Part 1 (of 2). Examines the motivations for LDI strategies, and which types of plans are best suited to adopt an LDI mandate.
Explores commodities as an investment, focusing on investment vehicles, the sources and attributes of historical risk and return, and commodities’ place in an investment portfolio.
Examines the infrastructure asset class in great detail, from its early beginnings in the 1980s to its current day role in an institutional portfolio.
Clarifies the myths about the asset class, and sheds light on the benefits and risks of high yield bonds.
Examines different asset classes’ performance during times of high, rising, falling, unexpected, and expected inflation.