Research

Navigating the “Alphabet Soup” of Mission-Related Investing

Mission-related investing. Socially responsible investing. Impact investing. Sustainability investing. Environmental, Social, and Governance. Also known as: MRI, SRI, II, SI, ESG. The lexicon of mission-related investing can sometimes feel like “alphabet soup.” There is no universal framework for the terminology and the strategies that we include under the umbrella of mission-related investing are expansive—and often […]

Policy Benchmarking: A Guide to Best Practices

Policy benchmarking is a critical component of building and managing a successful investment program. In this paper we set out our comprehensive benchmarking framework and then zero in on the policy benchmark as the primary reference point for evaluating investment decisions.

Newly Issued Guidance for UK Pension Schemes Emphasizes Need to Consider ESG Factors

Sustainable investing and the consideration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors continue to gain prominence. The new 2017 investment guidance for defined benefit (DB) schemes from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in the United Kingdom has material new ESG content. This follows similar guidance for defined contribution (DC) schemes issued last year. Cambridge Associates has prepared this short piece to summarise this guidance and its implications for pension scheme investment strategy, including how we might help.

CA Answers: Is the Recent Concentration of US Equity Performance in a Small Number of Stocks a Cause for Concern?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. Not in our opinion. Recent market leadership by the so-called FAAMG stocks is not extraordinary relative to history, and their valuations and fundamentals, combined with this year’s relatively healthy market breadth, mean that they don’t necessarily […]

When Secondaries Should Come First

Investors seeking to gain initial exposure to private investments should actively consider secondaries, rather than funds-of-funds, as the very first step to constructing a long-term private equity portfolio.

Funding Development for Public Universities

Investing in revenue development and fundraising while simultaneously pursuing goals for asset growth is a balancing act. Public universities commonly draw from a combination of three funding sources—the university’s centralized operating budget, gift fees, and administrative fees charged against the endowment—to help pay for the growing costs of development efforts. However, determining the right mix […]

CA Answers: Is the US Dollar Dead?

Answers to our clients’ questions about market action and the market environment in a few paragraphs every two weeks. We are not ready to pronounce the strong dollar cycle dead, but do admit the US dollar is in critical condition. Investors should remain partially unhedged or prepared to ride out a period of currency volatility. […]

VantagePoint: Third Quarter 2017

This quarter’s edition covers the very overvalued US equity market, reviewing what late cycle looks like in the US and casting a critical eye at the consensus view of an overly concentrated market. Also discussed are the better prospects for ex US markets and the importance of remaining diversified.