Client Type: Endowments & Foundations

Research Report November 2019
Outlook 2020: Ten Investing Themes for the Coming Year

This year’s returns have been driven more by what has not gone wrong than what has gone right. Slowing economic growth and lackluster earnings have not shifted investors’ focus from dovish central banks and a slight easing of geopolitical risks. It is an open question whether investors will remain so sanguine in 2020. Our Outlook 2020 highlights ten themes for the coming year, with a focus on key macro questions, emerging opportunities, and risks.
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VantagePoint October 2019
VantagePoint: Fourth Quarter 2019

As economic growth slows, manufacturing contracts, and major central banks start to ease monetary policy anew, investors need to consider what policy options the world has left in the event this slowdown becomes a recession. In this edition of VantagePoint, we look to the 1930s for some answers, while realizing that intervening changes to the global financial system rule out an exact repeat of that period.
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Research Report August 2019
Community Foundations: The Power of Aggregated Capital

Community foundation assets have grown steadily over the years, accumulating a mix of endowment funds and other funds with more expedient spend-down expectations. With the right expertise and attention, the endowment model can be applied to these complex, dynamic assets to differentiate the foundation and deliver on its mission. This paper discusses how community foundations can develop customized investment programs to better support their long-term goals.
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VantagePoint April 2019
VantagePoint: Second Quarter 2019

We recently argued that investors should take a systematic and comprehensive approach to investing in China, overweighting Chinese assets relative to their index weights. This edition of VantagePoint addresses five key questions regarding implementation decisions.
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VantagePoint January 2019
VantagePoint: First Quarter 2019

In this edition of VantagePoint, we compare and contrast the late 1990s and today; our intent is to help investors navigate this recent downturn and the next recession-related bear market (which may already be in progress), and to position their portfolios for long-term success.
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Research Report November 2018
Mission Critical: Maximizing the Impact of Healthcare System Investments

The past few decades have been generally favorable for healthcare systems; inexpensive debt, solid revenue growth, and consolidation have fueled the accumulation of sizable capital pools. Historically, many healthcare systems have treated these pools as protective reserves, investing more conservatively than endowments and foundations that rely on their portfolios for operational support. However, as pressures…
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VantagePoint October 2018
VantagePoint: Fourth Quarter 2018

Because the US economy has entered the late stage of the economic cycle, investors should consider the prospect of a bear market recession, even though one does not seem imminent. We have been evaluating the appeal of different asset classes through a late-cycle lens. In this edition of VantagePoint, we evaluate several potentially defensive equity strategies to see whether they are attractive today.
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Research Report October 2018
Alternative Risk Premia Funds: An Attractive Diversifier? (Sterling Edition)

Elevated equity market valuations and potentially rising bond yields suggest the return environment for traditional risk assets could be difficult. Faced with this challenge, institutional investors are seeking alternative sources of return. Alternative risk premia (ARP) strategies – which harvest well-established risk premia and market anomalies across asset classes – may fit the bill. ARP…
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