Research Region: Americas

Research Note September 2020
Planning for the US Presidential Election

Do investors stand to gain more from a Trump victory or a Biden win in November’s US general election? Presidents often have a mix of market-friendly and market-unfriendly policies. Mitigating factors, such as a divided government, can offset market concerns or enthusiasm relating to one specific candidate’s policies. Investors should not tweak portfolios based on election prognostication.
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Research Note September 2020
Reshaping Industry Audio Series: Sustainable Investing

In this segment, Annachiara discusses the heightened focus on sustainable investing as well as a few key trends that will have implications for investment portfolios. She weighs in on green-washing within the industry and how to identify asset managers who are incorporating sustainability into their investment process effectively.
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September 2020
Reshaping Industry Audio Series: The Endowment Model

In this segment, Margaret shares her thoughts on the endowment model given the COVID-19 crisis and whether she believes it’s possible for an institution to achieve a 5% real return in the current market environment. She discusses investing in industry “disruptors,” the importance of diversification, and the debate around growth vs. value.
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Research Note September 2020
Reshaping Industry Audio Series: Hospital Liquidity

In this segment, Jeff speaks about the importance of liquidity for healthcare systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and how he guided clients during the market downturn in March and April. He goes on to discuss the present state of the industry and what he believes will be the long-term implications of the crisis.
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Research Note September 2020
Reshaping Industry Audio Series: Racial Equity Investing

In the first episode of our Reshaping Industry audio series, we tackle the evolving landscape of racial equity investing, particularly in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and talk key steps that institutional investors can take to achieve racial equity goals within their portfolios.
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Research Note July 2020
Racial Equity Investing: The Time Is Now

In 2018, we reviewed the state of social equity investing, with a focus on racial equity investing. The themes we highlighted then are even more relevant today. In this paper, we discuss the renewed sense of urgency around racial equity investing and put forward three actions investors can take to address the inequities inherent in our society.
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Research Note June 2020
Room to Run for Muni Bonds

In this paper, we aim to assess the potential upside and looming risks for munis in the aftermath of the pandemic-induced muni sell-off and subsequent policy-driven rally. Despite the recent volatility, in our view, munis continue to be an attractive alternative to both Treasuries and high-quality corporates for long-term taxable investors.
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Research Note June 2020
GRAT Expectations: Extra Opportunity in the Current Environment

Grantor retained annuity trusts (GRATs) have been a popular and effective wealth transfer strategy for US families in recent decades and are even more compelling now. Despite their advantages, GRATs cannot achieve their full potential without careful analysis of multiple factors, including structuring and investment considerations.
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Research Note June 2020
Finding Credit Opportunities Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

COVID-19 plunged the global economy into a deep recession triggering concern over a surge in corporate defaults. Recent monetary and fiscal stimulus has allowed a rebound in credit assets ranging from high-yield bonds to highly rated asset-backed securities, but other markets remain dislocated. 
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