Opinion

  1. Universities and pension funds are grappling with their role as agents...

    trueUniversities and pension funds are grappling with their role as agents for positive change on climate issues and whether divestment is an appropriate, responsible and effective response.

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  1. Wider implications of oil prices

    trueWith the rapid decline and ongoing volatility in oil prices, investors will already have a sense of how the parts of their portfolios directly exposed to energy have responded, but it is also important to consider the broader investment repercussions for parts of the portfolio that are indirectly ...

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  2. Active investing in an indexed world

    trueWhile active management still plays a critical role in portfolios of all sizes and sophistication levels, it’s hard to ignore the reams of headlines and research notes making the case for passive.

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  3. Systematic quant uncovers EM small-cap opportunity

    trueThe potential investment opportunity represented by small-cap stocks within the emerging markets space — both in terms of returns and low correlation to traditional markets — is clear to many investors.

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  4. Why now is the time for Asian private equity

    trueInvestor interest in Asia, particularly in Asian private equity, appears to have waned in recent years, with many developed markets globally trading at or around all-time market highs while various Asia-Pacific markets continue to languish.

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  5. Europe ripe for active strategies

    trueWhile European ETF funds have seen peak outflows amid economic concerns, the dislocation and ongoing macro unease can be viewed as reintroducing value to the Continent.

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  6. The role of hedge funds in institutional portfolios

    trueDespite recent high-profile exits from hedge funds and alternative investments, public pension funds are expected to be the main driver of growth in the alternatives space going forward. The combination of high interest and controversy around hedge funds and their managers has fueled the ...

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  7. Climate change a risk, not an uncertainty

    trueInvestors should no longer categorize the climate change issue as uncertainty, that is, an issue whose impacts can't be quantified. Rather it should be categorized as a risk, in which impacts, particularly of government intervention, can be estimated.

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  8. Ruble, ruble, oil and trouble

    trueIt's natural to wonder if, like the three witches in Macbeth, the year's events are harbingers for additional strife and trouble. However, if one were to heed the negative headlines and "pack it in" for 2015, one is likely to miss the opportunities that currently present themselves as fear ...

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  9. Did the Treasury undermine the Fed?

    trueA paper from Harvard scholars has the potential to influence Fed and Treasury policy. In particular, the Treasury might be urged to sell less long-term debt in favor of more short-term debt. Because this could reduce the supply of quality long-term assets available to match long-term liabilities, ...

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  10. 9 New Year's resolutions for investors

    trueHirtle Callaghan's CEO finds analogies between the current momentum-driven market with the dot-com market of 2000 and offers nine investment resolutions for the year.

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  11. A blueprint for making the 'smartest beta' portfolio

    trueThere is a debate as to whether changing the weight methodology of a market index is really active management or an alpha strategy, rather than a beta strategy or discipline.

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  12. Derisking retirement with a federal longevity agency

    trueThe time has come to set up a federal longevity insurance administration.

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  13. Be aware of your assumptions

    trueSince 2009, investors and markets have been highly sensitive to risk — and markets have offered high risk premiums. As these risks have gradually diminished, all asset classes have benefited. Equities have risen, bonds have rallied and, generally speaking, long-only investors have benefited. ...

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