Pensions face critical investment and management challenges as COVID-19 impacts capital markets. For single-employer plans, we have found that liquidity, rebalancing, implementation and communication are key issues to keep in mind.
As one of the earliest investors in private equity, we have deep and proven experience sourcing best-in-class investment opportunities and managing private equity programs that meet our clients’ investment objectives.
Private equity has come a long way since the early days of leveraged buyouts. Today, the private equity universe spans numerous strategies with varying levels of risk and highly dispersed returns across a vast and ever-evolving universe of opportunities.
The complexity and vastness of this opportunity set—and the importance of finding and investing with the small universe of managers who can deliver outperformance—requires extensive resources and specialized expertise. Robust knowledge of the private equity landscape and deep global networks, built over 40 years of investing in this asset class, provide us with a natural pipeline of new manager ideas as individuals spin out of their prior firms to set up their own shops. We have also often been able to use our market presence and scale to negotiate more favorable fees and terms for our clients.
Our Latest Insights
In this video series, several of our practitioners share their current views on both global and region-specific private equity and venture capital markets, recent performance trends, and insights from their latest experiences.
We are investors, not scientists; however, investors would be wise to consider climate science in their investment decision-making process.
February 28, 2020—Global equities sold off sharply this week as cases of COVID-19 spread rapidly outside of China (particularly in Korea, Italy, and the Middle East). While the spike in volatility has been abrupt, the current market sell-off is arguably a needed correction.
While robust cash flows have strengthened healthcare system balance sheets in recent years, mounting industry pressures will likely threaten those flows in the future. We explore strategies to manage complexity, maximize the benefits of the Endowment Model, and prudently manage risk.
While many plan sponsors have adapted to dramatic interest rate swings by strategically hedging their liability interest rate risk, some balk when interest rates are low. But failing to hedge long-duration liabilities with long-duration assets can expose sponsors to significant downside risk.
Community foundation assets have grown steadily over the years, accumulating a mix of endowment funds and 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.