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CalPERS Absolute Return Strategies: Hedge Fund Risk and Return

This case is suitable for students in both undergraduate and MBA-level investments courses. With an estimated $3 trillion in assets under management, hedge funds have become an important component of many institutional investors' portfolios. For many of these investors, investments in these funds are motivated by the potential for diversification combined with "equity-like returns" and "bond-like ...

CornerStone Partners

Lumina, a foundation focused on increasing both access to and success in higher education for U.S. students, is dealing with the recent resignation of its chief investment officer. The CFO reviews the structure the firm has in place to manage its $1.1 billion endowment. Although the CFO and other finance and administration professionals at Lumina are temporarily overseeing the endowment, he recogn ...

Gold as a Portfolio Diversifier: The World Gold Council and Investing in Gold

The global head of investment research at the World Gold Council (WGC) had finished his presentation "The Strategic Case for Gold as an Asset Class" at the 2012 Bloomberg Precious Metals Conference in New York. As a result of the market collapse in 2008 and the ongoing euro-area crisis, investors worldwide had safety and security on their minds, and many in the room were wondering whether gold wou ...

Liquidity, Mutual Fund Flows, and ReFlow Management, LLC

This case examines the importance of liquidity to financial markets, using the dramatic volatility of mutual fund flows in 2008 as an example. While the case is targeted to MBA students in an investments or portfolio management course, it is also appropriate for an advanced undergraduate course. It is written from the perspective of a fund manager who has experienced significant redemptions in 200 ...

Performance Measurement with Factor Models

Identifying an appropriate benchmark is an essential step in assessing a manager's performance. In the prospectus or fund advertising materials, a benchmark for the fund is typically identified, and the performance of the fund relative to that benchmark is given. The issue of concern is whether or not the benchmark provided has a similar risk profile to the fund. ...

Pravda Asset Management

This case examines the importance of forecasting expected returns in asset allocation decisions. Although the case is targeted to MBA students in an investments or portfolio management course, it is also appropriate for an advanced undergraduate course. It is written from the perspective of a new employee at a small investment management firm that was surprised by the market crash of 2008 and subs ...

Research Affiliates

Towers Watson (TW) has always conducted its own research into alternative approaches to market cap investing. A senior investment consultant with TW, impressed by a recent presentation by the CIO of Research Affiliates (RA) about an innovative investing concept called the "Fundamental Index methodology," thinks it might be an important innovation in applying nonmarket cap approaches. But he has so ...

The Oxcel Endowment and Socially Responsible Investing

College trustees are considering investing a portion of the endowment in a socially responsible investment fund. Recent market events and the poor performance of the endowment have caused the trustees to question their decisions regarding the managers employed by the endowment and the policies and procedures of the endowment itself. To help with the decision, the board examines return data for thr ...

Virginia Investment Partners Optimal Portfolio Allocation

This technical note provides a simple, yet powerful, optimization exercise to demonstrate the benefits of diversification in a portfolio and the importance of asset allocation. While the note is targeted for MBA students in an investments or portfolio management course, it is also appropriate for an advanced undergraduate course. ...

Pittinos Financial Advisers, LLC

The owner of a small financial services firm is evaluating the performance of four funds to determine whether to offer them to his clients. The funds span a variety of objectives and include a recently initiated fund. The case explores issues related to the evaluation of mutual fund performance, including the selection of benchmarks and the effect of fees. The case provides a natural and compellin ...
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