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Research Report February 2018
Distressed Debt: A New Way to Categorize Managers

As the economic cycle progresses, the next recession draws inexorably closer, bringing with it the next downturn in the credit cycle. Recognizing this, institutional investors are increasingly considering allocations to distressed debt managers. While lumping all distressed managers into one group is tempting, different managers have meaningfully different approaches that are not captured by considerations…
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VantagePoint January 2018
VantagePoint: First Quarter 2018

The start of the year is a good time for planning and reviewing your investment strategy. In this edition of VantagePoint, we facilitate that effort by setting the record straight on some commonly held investment myths. Top 10 Investment Myths 10. Smart beta investing is a superior form of passive management 9. Disruptions in oil…
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Chart Book December 2017
Outlook 2018: Stick Around for Dessert

In our 2018 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.
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CA Perspectives December 2017
Proposed Tax on Endowment Income Would Mean Difficult Choices for Many Schools

College and university leaders are paying close attention to the tax plans moving through the Senate and House.  As currently written, both proposals would levy a 1.4% tax on net investment income earned during the tax year for private colleges and universities. The House version proposed the tax be applied to schools with assets of at…
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Pension Series November 2017
A Balancing Act: Strategies for Financial Executives in Managing Pension Risk

As pressures on pensions mount, we believe financial executives are best served by re-evaluating major decisions in terms of the true tools at their disposal. In this paper we review four levers that are fundamental drivers of pension costs and outcomes: asset returns, liability hedging, contribution policy, and benefit management. Balancing these levers is critical to enabling greater probability of success in managing pension risk, and we introduce a framework for chief financial officers and other financial executives to use in doing so.
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Pension Series November 2017
Harvesting the Potential of Private Investments

In the November 2017 issue of Benefits Magazine, which covers benefit issues affecting multiemployer, single employer and public plan representatives, senior investment director and investment actuary in Cambridge Associates’ pension practice, Alex Pekker, contributed an article highlighting the potential for private investments in a pension’s investment portfolio. Pekker explains that private investments could be a…
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VantagePoint October 2017
VantagePoint: Fourth Quarter 2017

This quarter’s edition covers key risks to continued economic expansion, including monetary policy and inflation pressures. Also discussed are whether investors are being compensated for taking risk and different strategies for geopolitical risks.
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CA Perspectives October 2017
Why Diversification Wins

Lessons from Fiscal Year 2017 Results Diversified investors are noticing quite a difference in 2017 fiscal year performance—and it’s a welcome change. In the midst of an extended US equity market, and with returns that many diversified investors have found hard to swallow over the last few years, the turnaround in annual performance for what…
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Chart Book October 2017
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 about their views on Latin American markets. The survey report covers both domestic and international investors’ views of private equity opportunities and challenges in Latin America, based on responses from 103 limited partners.
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