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Cambridge Associates Private Investment Data Featured in Bain & Co’s 2017 Global Private Equity Report

Cambridge Associates’ private investments data drives more than 20% of the data charts in Bain & Company’s annual global private equity report, including highlights of our recently-launched investment-level benchmarks. Read more about investment-level benchmarks (gross returns of portfolio company investments) in A New Arrow in the Quiver: Investment-Level Benchmarks for Private Investment Performance Measurement. Download Bain […]

Private Impact Fund Product Development to Accelerate

FundFire Video

Head of Mission Related Investing Jessica Matthews sat down with Tom Stabile of FundFire Alts to discuss how big private fund managers are diving into impact investing, addressing a perceived dearth of institutional-quality products as highlighted in a recent Cambridge Associates study: Mission-Related Investing: Current Practices and Views of Non-Profit Investors. Matthews explains that there […]

Credit Easing, Regulation Put Plans on Critical List

Pensions & Investments

Global head of pensions at Cambridge Associates, Brian McDonnell, says defined benefit plans absolutely have a future, explaining that “there are many plan participants that will be continuing to accrue new benefits in the private sector as well as Taft-Hartley and public DB plans going forward.” Read the full article here.

Smart Investing in a High-Risk World

Gold Investor, World Gold Council

In the February 2017 issue of Gold Investor, Cambridge Associates’ Chief Investment Strategist Celia Dallas outlines optimal investment strategies in a world beset by uncertainty, focused on improved efficiency, enhanced returns and downside protection. She says, “Investors that index to US equities or a simple stock/bond portfolio run the risk of missing the bend in the […]

Lack of Options Poses Challenge for Non-Profits’ Mission-Related Investing – Report

Pensions & Investments

Key takeaways from a recent Cambridge Associates study, Mission-Related Investing: Current Practices and Views of Non-Profit Investors, as seen in Pensions & Investments include: Among [surveyed investors] with mission-related investment programs in place, 44% said they have increased their allocation over the past five years and 62% said they expect to increase their allocation over the next […]

Cambridge Associates Unveils New PE Benchmarking Method

Private Funds Management

Discussing highlights from a recent Cambridge Associates’ research paper, A New Arrow in the Quiver: Investment-Level Benchmarks for Private Investment Performance Measurement, senior investment director Rich Carson explains how investment-level benchmarks can be complementary to the traditional fund-level benchmarks in understanding “the full story of how managers create value.” The new fund-level benchmarks can add greater […]

Cambridge Sees More E&F, Corporate Pension OCIO Clients

FundFire Video

Sona Menon, head of North American pensions, discusses the areas that are currently gaining the most traction within the OCIO space. Menon explains, “today, with portfolios becoming more and more sophisticated and complex, using more asset classes, using more alternative assets, a lot of institutions feel that they’d rather give it to a group of […]

Impact Investing Panelist Q&A: Jessica Matthews

The Economist Event's Impact Investing Blog

Jessica Matthews, head of Cambridge Associates’ Mission-Related Investing practice, walks through the firm’s approach to working alongside clients to adopt MRI principles, creating portfolios that integrate investors’ social and environmental goals with their investment objectives for decades ahead. Matthews is speaking at The Economist’s Impact Investing Conference in New York on February 15, 2017 about […]

Traditional Performance Benchmarks to Fall Short as PE Evolves, says CA

Institutional Asset Manager

Fund-level benchmarks, which institutional investors have relied on for decades to evaluate private equity managers and opportunities, no longer provide a complete picture, according to research from Cambridge Associates. “Fund-level performance benchmarks – the mainstay of private equity performance measurement – are incredibly important and necessary. But they’re not always sufficient in today’s evolving private […]

What are the Investor Gatekeepers Thinking?

HFM Week

Simon Leslie, managing director, explains that fees and terms have always been an important consideration in manager selection and many investors rely on their investment partners to negotiate on their behalf. Additionally, Leslie addresses global investors’ growing need for our outsourced investment services, a trend he attributes to the increasing complexity in the financial markets. Read the […]

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Nearly a Third of Non-Profit Institutional Investors Say They Make “Mission-Related” Investments, According to Cambridge Associates Survey

The Environment and Climate Change are Key Areas of Focus as Most Mission-Related Investors (Often Called Impact Investors) Intend to Increase These Allocations BOSTON (February 15, 2017) – Mission-related investing, which includes impact investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, is gaining significant momentum among non-profit institutional investors, according to a survey by global investment […]

As Private Equity Evolves, Traditional Performance Benchmarks Will Not Be Enough

Trends Toward Co-investment, Direct Investment, and Diverging Fee and Carry Structures Challenge Traditional Fund-Level Performance Measures; “Investment-Level Benchmarks” Provide New and Important Insights for Investors Boston (February 8, 2017) – Fund-level benchmarks, which institutional investors have relied on for decades to evaluate private equity managers and opportunities, no longer provide a complete picture, according to […]

Pension Trustees Should Recognize the Often-Forgotten Benefit of Hedge Funds as Capital Protectors and Keep in Mind the Opportunities for Potential Fee and Term Negotiations

Long-term returns are compelling over various market cycles, and manager selection remains critical during these uncertain times The global investment firm suggests only about 250 of the world’s nearly 11,000 hedge funds merit institutional capital LONDON (January 11, 2017) – Pension fund trustees should keep in mind the real value of hedge funds as a […]

After Weak First Quarter, Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds in U.S. Rebounded During Q2 2016, According to Cambridge Associates

Boston (December 12, 2016) – Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) funds in the U.S. showed stronger performance in the second quarter of 2016 than the first, according to Cambridge Associates benchmark indices of the two alternative asset classes. Energy investments helped generate the rebound for the PE benchmark, and returns from healthcare VC […]

Many Pension Funds Will Struggle To Close Their Funding Gap Unless They Reduce Their Reliance On Public Equities And Other Liquid Assets

New analysis shows pension funds could achieve the hat-trick of lowering risk, growing assets and maintaining sufficient ready capital to pay benefits if they considered reducing liquidity by switching from public equities to private investments December 1, 2016 (London) – Pension funds are too focused on holding liquid assets to the detriment of the long-term […]

ESG Factors Have Helped Investors Achieve Significant Outperformance in Emerging Markets

More than 50 Percent of the Excess Return Delivered over the First Three Years of the MSCI Emerging Markets ESG Index was Attributable to ESG Factors Such as Carbon Emissions, Product Safety and Business Ethics While ESG Data in Isolation Has Been Less Predictive of Returns in Developed Markets, Many Active Managers Integrating ESG Analysis […]

PE, VC Funds in Developed Markets Outside the U.S. Beat Public Markets in 1Q 2016; Performance in Emerging Markets Weaker

BOSTON (October 19, 2016) – Private equity and venture capital funds in developed markets outside the U.S. outperformed public markets in the same regions in the first quarter of 2016. However, private investment funds in emerging markets barely broke even and significantly underperformed the comparable public markets. The Cambridge Associates LLC Global ex U.S. Developed […]

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