Webcasts

Assessing SPACs as an Institutional Allocation

Assessing SPACs as an Institutional Allocation

In the current market, where investors have lofty return objectives and limited optionality on how to meet those objectives while maintaining an acceptable risk profile, an allocation to SPACs should be considered.
Leveraging their deep market knowledge as a SPAC investor, a SPAC sponsor, and as a leader of a company that has gone public via the SPAC structure, the panel will work to address the potential suitability of a SPAC allocation within an institutional portfolio.

If Time is Money, Institutional Investors Are Losing More Than You Think

If Time is Money, Institutional Investors Are Losing More Than You Think

Recently, Backstop and Mercer sponsored a productivity study to understand how institutional investors are spending their time. The results are quite shocking – on average, 30% of an investment team member’s time is wasted on non-core and non-value-adding tasks. In this webinar, Backstop and Mercer share their in-depth survey results and findings, as well as provide their recommendations on how institutional investors can better harness technology, research, and data to better optimize their time.

Portfolio Positioning for the New Reality

Portfolio Positioning for the New Reality

As the market continues to digest volatility and the challenges of meeting return objectives, investors are seeking tools to make sense of their new reality.

The Risk Report: Analysis Reveals 6 Common Drivers of Unexpected Results

The Risk Report: Analysis Reveals 6 Common Drivers of Unexpected Results

The No. 1 question when portfolios don’t deliver outcomes as expected is “Why?” Over the past four years, Northern Trust Asset Management has individually partnered with institutional investors and consultants around the globe to help answer that question. Using a unique quantitative lens to examine more than 200 portfolios and 1,000 investment strategies totaling $200 billion-plus, it saw six common drivers emerge across all investor segments.

Optimizing Outcomes with Public and Private Real Assets

Optimizing Outcomes with Public and Private Real Assets

Investing in real assets is often considered a trade-off between performance and liquidity, but it is much more complex and this perception diminishes the multiple roles real assets can play in a portfolio. It is important to understand the roles and benefits of real assets, as well as key considerations when selecting public verses private investments — such as whether investors are being rewarded for the risk they are taking.

Fixed Income Investing 2020: Making Moves and Moving with Intention

Fixed Income Investing 2020: Making Moves and Moving with Intention

Fixed income investments have been the anchor of most portfolios in 2020 as the global pandemic and subsequent economic collapse battered risk-on sentiment. But this flight to quality and extraordinary fiscal and monetary stimulus have driven yields to all-time low levels. How can you face these challenges and still achieve desired goals—namely, preserving liquidity, ensuring diversified sources of income, and protecting purchasing power?

2020 Chief Investment Officer Webinar Series: Allocator Insights

2020 Chief Investment Officer Webinar Series: Allocator Insights

Allocator thinktanks are a large part of what we do at CIO. Times are changing fast in 2020, and this webinar series is designed to help you navigate the new terrain. Each month, the editors of CIO and industry experts will discuss ideas to vet new opportunities, hedge risks, redefine benchmarks, and plan for burgeoning trends on the horizon. Join us and bring your best ideas.

Navigating Today’s Fixed Income Markets in Stable Value

Navigating Today’s Fixed Income Markets in Stable Value

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and the associated halt in economic activity have precipitated a wave of downstream effects that are of particular significance to the stable value asset class. Stable value is a popular principal preservation strategy available to defined contribution (DC) plan participants.

The Great Debate: Generalist v. Specialist v. Hybrid? CIO’s Sound Off On The Best Investment Team Models

The Great Debate: Generalist v. Specialist v. Hybrid? CIO’s Sound Off On The Best Investment Team Models

Among many other things, Chief Investment Officers are responsible for creating a culture that attracts and retains world-class investment talent for their teams. One way to differentiate themselves has been to innovate on the traditional “specialist” or “superstar” investment team model where investment team members own a particular asset class. Recent years have seen the rise of a “generalist” model where investment officers research and invest across all asset classes. Some CIOs have even created “hybrid” models where they attempt to gain the best of both worlds.

Managing Equity Risk … Without Giving Up on Equities

Managing Equity Risk … Without Giving Up on Equities

Equity markets have been in a secular bull market for more than a decade and recently set new all-time highs. With valuations rich by multiple measures and U.S. economic growth slowing, many allocators are worried the bull market could be running out of steam.