Jun
2
2015

Who’s in your Top Ten? – LP demands push decile rankings

Deciles and quartiles have been around for a long time and have been used to rank everything from hereditary traits to student test scores to crime rates. First seen in 1882 and 1879 respectively, both terms are attributed to Francis Galton (1822-1911), the British mathematician, explorer and cousin to the considerably more famous Charles Darwin.…

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Mar
23
2015

Going Mobile in Alternative Investing

I’m not generally an early adopter when it comes to technology. I didn’t get a mobile phone until the late 1990’s, because I was ambivalent about their value. But the first iPhone floored me, and when I bought one, it changed the very nature of computing for me.…

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Dec
5
2014

The Latest Trend for Pension Funds: Private Equity Investment

When one of the largest institutional investors in the world talks openly about its investment strategy, people listen. In September the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced it was getting out of hedge funds, closing its Absolute Return Strategies portfolio, worth $4 billion — a sum roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Fiji.…

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Oct
30
2014

Emerging trends raise expectations of GPs to report non-financial data

Increasing requirements of stock exchanges, government regulation, and voluntary initiatives are three emerging trends that attempt to provide investors with increased quality and depth of non-financial or environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information. While ESG reporting for Private Equity firm holdings may not be mandatory yet, understanding these trends and proactively developing policies and practices for ESG data collection and reporting is both pragmatic and strategic for GPs.…

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