All eyes are on springtime real estate to see if leases renew. After experiencing COVID-19, are office and residential leases shrinking? Is the work-from-home mentality affecting the market? What are the important considerations real estate investors should take note of for the future? This webinar will explore the new post-coronavirus terrain.
Private equity and private credit are often some of the best allocations available to institutional investors in order to make return targets. This webinar will take the temperature of each asset class and discuss what CIOs are finding to be some of the better plays available.
Sponsored by Backstop Solutions
Whether it’s a sustainable sleeve in a portfolio or a successful screen for investments, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is growing. This webinar will explore effective ways to use ESG investing as a tool to enhance returns. We’ll be asking what the future is for ESG and sustainable investments, investigate key growing markets, and explore how current investment tactics can be used for long time horizons.
Geopolitics sometimes allows investors to see around corners. During this webinar, we’ve invited special guest Walter Kress, CIO of EY (and geopolitical buff), to interview key sources to draw out information that is especially useful for CIOs.
They will dive into:
What’s happening in the geopolitical landscape that could change the scene for investors?
What is the best play for China this year?
Which emerging markets could be frozen out, and which ones will ride a tailwind?
What are some key things to note in the credit markets?
They will also take live questions from the audience.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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?
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.
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.
Join our webcast as experts share how institutional investors can capitalize on the yield of alternatives by focusing on the idiosyncratic risks that drive returns. This approach allows investors to stitch together multi-asset portfolios in a more efficient, coherent way.
Your research analysts are adept with technology and data. They’re wizards with Excel and generating extensive reports, but are they equipping you with a structured understanding of global investment trends, emerging strategies that may be of interest and your existing managers in the broader context of their peer groups?
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.