We are investors, not scientists; however, investors would be wise to consider climate science in their investment decision-making process.
Sustainable and Impact Investing
Environmental, social, and corporate governance considerations are integral to investing, for both risk management and long-term return potential. To that end, we integrate ESG and sustainability factors across our investment platform by assessing all material information to help our clients make prudent investment decisions.
Our sustainable and impact investing team, and our firm more broadly, takes an integrated, customized approach to building portfolios that reflect our clients’ specific impact and mission objectives, without making concessions on returns. We employ a broad range of impact investing strategies, seeking to finance long-term, market-driven solutions to real societal challenges. We aim to invest in the future, eliminate greenwashing, lean into underappreciated or mispriced areas of the market, stay ahead of change, and align portfolios with fundamental long-term economic value.
We are a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).
We also partner closely with leading industry networks and impact-related affinity groups to help advance the volume of investment opportunities, create connections in the industry, and expand access to quality research and thought leadership.
Our Latest Insights
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.
In 2019, returns were driven less by what went right than by what did not go wrong. We highlight ten themes for 2020, with a focus on key macro questions, emerging opportunities, and risks.
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.
Recent years have seen challenges for hedge funds and a shift toward low-fee passive and alternative risk premia (ARP) products in investor portfolios. In this paper, we investigate whether ARP and hedge funds are complementary or whether ARP funds are actually a viable replacement for hedge funds.