Research

VantagePoint: First Quarter 2017

The start of the year is always a good time to focus on personal improvements with resolutions. In this edition of VantagePoint, we share in the spirit of a new year by providing investment resolutions.

CA Answers: Why Shouldn’t Investors Simplify to a 70/30 Portfolio?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. Simple is not so sweet in the current environment. In a world of global uncertainty, investors should place a premium on diversification. The siren song of the simple portfolio may be difficult to resist, but its […]

CA Answers: Are Private Equity Returns Doomed?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. No. You just need to know where to look. Given the low return environment, many investors are exploring private equity investing for the first time, attracted by data points such as the 10.7% ten-year return for […]

Outlook 2017: A Break in the Clouds

In our 2017 outlook, we review the prospects for several asset classes—developed and emerging markets equities, credit, real assets, sovereign bonds, and currencies—and share the advice of our chief investment strategist.

403(b) Plan Fiduciary Oversight

In an increasingly complex landscape, the fiduciary management of robust 403(b) plans has become more challenging than ever.

Brace for Volatility

Making sure that portfolios are aligned with risk tolerance and return objectives is critical in allowing asset owners to withstand volatility and to take advantage of opportunities that may arise.

The Value of ESG Data: Early Evidence for Emerging Markets Equities

Our examination of incorporation of environmental, social, and governance factors into the stock selection process for two major MSCI indexes finds evidence that ESG factors added value in emerging markets equities but not developed markets equities. Given our findings, investors evaluating managers would do well to focus on understanding if and how the manager incorporates ESG factors, for what reason and how consistently, and whether ESG-based stock selection has added value to their funds.

Latin American Private Equity Limited Partners Opinion Survey

Cambridge Associates partnered with the Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA) to conduct an annual survey of global institutional investors currently assessing opportunities in Latin American markets. The survey report covers both domestic and international investors’ views of private equity in Latin America, based on responses from 133 limited partners.

Don’t Forget the Credit Spread!

While corporate plan sponsors are keenly aware of interest rate risk within their defined benefit plans, few fully appreciate the complex and significant risk posed by credit spreads.