Investors are facing a challenging period for earning what they spend and achieving adequate portfolio diversification. With most DM sovereign bond yields near or below zero, expected returns for bonds are at all-time lows and diversification qualities are constrained. In this edition of VantagePoint, we evaluate defense and diversification options to identify a modern approach to diversification in this low-yield era.
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.
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Yes, because rising concentration reflects rising valuations for the largest stocks, which are likely to serve as a headwind to index returns. Further, the growing market share of these companies increases the potential for rising regulatory oversight.
Investors have predominantly relied on developed markets sovereign bonds for defense in balanced portfolios, but low rates have diminished their diversification characteristics.
Private investors and wealthy families face distinct portfolio management complexities. Our latest paper details how we build and manage portfolios to meet each private client’s long-term goals.
The virtual Private Investments Summit features a series of sessions where Cambridge Associates and industry thought leaders examine approaches to harnessing the long-term nature of private investments for program benefits while maintaining a consistent path through an ever evolving and volatile market environment. To view the session replays, visit the website link below.
As 2020 comes to a close, we expect some key investment drivers to persist into next year. While our views speak to many different challenges confronting investors, including the poor bond yields on offer, the fate of US-China relations, and where to find growth, they are rooted in the belief that 2021 will be a year of healing for the global economy.
Healthcare systems appear to have navigated the most severe financial impact of the pandemic. We believe the present time provides an opportunity to reset investment strategy and recalibrate portfolios as necessary.