Business & Economics

Pioneering Portfolio Management

Author: David F. Swensen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 366

View: 369

In his fourteen years as Yale's chief investment officer, David Swensen has revolutionised management of the university's investment portfolio. By relying on non conventional assets, including private equity and venture capital, Swensen has achieved a remarkable annualised return of 16.2 percent, which has added more than $2 billion to Yale's endowment. With his exceptional performance record prompting many other institutional portfolio managers to emulate his approach, Dr. Swensen has long been besieged by professionals in the field to write a book articulating his philosophy and strategies of portfolio management. PIONEERING PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT provides a road map for creating a successful investment programme. Informed by Swensen's deep knowledge of financial markets, and ranging from the broad issues of goals and investment philosophy to the strategic and tactical aspects of portfolio management - such as handling risk, selecting investment advisers, and negotiating the opportunities and pitfall in individual asset classes - the book provides a vital source of information for anyone involved in institutional investments.
Business & Economics

Endowment Asset Management

Author: Shanta Acharya

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 620

There is a profound linkage between the quality of a university and its financial resources. The universities of Oxford and Cambridge rank among the world's finest educational institutions, and are able to draw on invested assets that are large by any standards. Endowment Asset Management explores how the colleges that comprise these two great universities make their investment decisions. Oxford and Cambridge are collegiate institutions, each consisting of a federal university and over 30 constituent colleges. While the colleges may have ostensibly similar missions, they are governed independently. Since they interpret their investment objectives differently, this gives rise to some remarkably dissimilar approaches to investment, which the authors explore in detail. The first study of its kind, Endowment Asset Management analyses the objectives, investment philosophy, asset management and governance of over 60 college and university endowment funds. Drawing on exhaustive research and detailed discussions with Oxford and Cambridge investment bursars, the authors investigate issues such as asset allocation and spending policy, which have a major influence on the institutions' financial health. This study reveals the colleges' individualism and diversity, and carefully analyses their strategies, which range from the traditional to cutting edge. The authors' findings are thought provoking for anyone concerned with the assets of foundations, endowments, charities, family offices, or trusts. All investors with a long-term investment horizon will find it extremely engaging.
Business & Economics

Due Diligence and Risk Assessment of an Alternative Investment Fund

Author: Ingrid Vancas

Publisher: Diplomica Verlag

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 102

View: 994

The aim of the book is to provide practical guidance for the investor when compiling due diligence and deciding on an investment or against it. The focus of the book lays on the risk assessment and due diligence. It captures fund's internal and external risks and the investment style specific risks. The aim is to provide sound guidance to the alternative investment fund selection. The UCITS 3 directive widens investment tools for the traditional asset managers by allowing short selling of securities and diminishing the gap between the traditional and the alternative asset management industry and attracting traditional managers to the alternative investment universe. The author concentrates on three categories: Relative Value and Market Neutral, Event Driven and Opportunistic alternative investment funds. Whilst the industry is generally categorized into certain fund types it has to be stated that every fund is different and will have different risk attributes. Within the specific categories major risks will be the same, as the exposure towards the specific underlying will be similar. Still every single fund has to be examined on its own in detail, as it will have the specific alpha generating competitive advantage. Thus the author suggests a pre-selection of the potential fund manager or the management team by analysing the team and the fund's performance first. The analysis goes through the quantitative figures and the qualities of the management team. Detailed knowledge about the strategies and its fit into the portfolio is worthless unless the investor is able to select the performing manager. Without that skill the probability of ending up with an underperforming alternative investment fund or a blow-up is huge. The analysis of the management team qualities shows behaviour patterns helping to detect management teams, which are tending towards moral hazard. Secondly, the alternative investment fund style specific risks are examined. The author gives an overview
Business & Economics

Unconventional Success

Author: David F. Swensen

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 536

The bestselling author of Pioneering Portfolio Management, the definitive template for institutional fund management, returns with a book that shows individual investors how to manage their financial assets. In Unconventional Success, investment legend David F. Swensen offers incontrovertible evidence that the for-profit mutual-fund industry consistently fails the average investor. From excessive management fees to the frequent "churning" of portfolios, the relentless pursuit of profits by mutual-fund management companies harms individual clients. Perhaps most destructive of all are the hidden schemes that limit investor choice and reduce returns, including "pay-to-play" product-placement fees, stale-price trading scams, soft-dollar kickbacks, and 12b-1 distribution charges. Even if investors manage to emerge unscathed from an encounter with the profit-seeking mutual-fund industry, individuals face the likelihood of self-inflicted pain. The common practice of selling losers and buying winners (and doing both too often) damages portfolio returns and increases tax liabilities, delivering a one-two punch to investor aspirations. In short: Nearly insurmountable hurdles confront ordinary investors. Swensen's solution? A contrarian investment alternative that promotes well-diversified, equity-oriented, "market-mimicking" portfolios that reward investors who exhibit the courage to stay the course. Swensen suggests implementing his nonconformist proposal with investor-friendly, not-for-profit investment companies such as Vanguard and TIAA-CREF. By avoiding actively managed funds and employing client-oriented mutual-fund managers, investors create the preconditions for investment success. Bottom line? Unconventional Success provides the guidance and financial know-how for improving the personal investor's financial future.
Business & Economics

Asset Management

Author: Andrew Ang

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 843

In Asset Management: A Systematic Approach to Factor Investing, Professor Andrew Ang presents a comprehensive, new approach to the age-old problem of where to put your money. Years of experience as a finance professor and a consultant have led him to see that what matters aren't asset class labels, but instead the bundles of overlapping risks they represent. Factor risks must be the focus of our attention if we are to weather market turmoil and receive the rewards that come with doing so. Clearly written yet full of the latest research and data, Asset Management is indispensable reading for trustees, professional money managers, smart private investors, and business students who want to understand the economics behind factor risk premiums, to harvest them efficiently in their portfolios, and to embark on the search for true alpha.
Business & Economics

The 7 Secrets of Extraordinary Investors

Author: William G. Hammer

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 213

View: 716

Every day, most investors are making decisions that are sure to bring them ordinary results. They are on the road to financial mediocrity because they make the same mistakes that everyone else makes—they spend too much, invest poorly, and receive poor advice. They know the price of their favorite stock, but they have no idea what their ideal financial future costs. There are also investors who are extraordinary. They make wise decisions, and they get superior results. They know that their financial house is in order, and they have a process for keeping it that way. They have confidence about the future because they listen to advice from the right people. The 7 Secrets of Extraordinary Investors shows investors seven simple ideas that are hidden in plain sight. Through an unusual mix of common sense and academic research, this book shows a straightforward path that can help you to achieve all that is important to you during and beyond your lifetime.
Business & Economics

Portfolio Design

Author: Richard C. Marston

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 378

Portfolio Design – choosing the right mix of assets appropriate to a particular investor – is the key to successful investing. It can help you accumulate wealth over time, while cushioning the blow of possible economic downturns. But in order to successfully achieve this goal, you need to be familiar with all of the major asset classes that go into modern portfolios and learn how much they add to portfolio diversification. Thoughtful asset allocation provides discipline to the investment process and gives you the best chance of building and safeguarding wealth. Wharton Professor Richard C. Marston, 2014 recipient of the Investment Management Consultants Association’s prestigious Matthew R. McArthur Award, will guide you through the major decisions that need to be made when designing a portfolio and will put you in the best position to balance the risk-reward relationship that is part of this endeavor. Portfolio Design is to be read by investment advisors. The book is rich in information about individual asset classes, including both traditional assets like stocks and bonds as well as alternative assets such as hedge funds, private equity, real estate, and commodities. So it should appeal to all sophisticated advisors whether or not they are trying to qualify for one of the major investment designations. In fact, the book is designed to be read by any advisor who is as fascinated as Marston by the investment process.
Finance, Personal

The Handbook of Personal Wealth Management

Author: Jonathan Reuvid

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN:

Category: Finance, Personal

Page: 397

View: 786

This important guide, now fully updated for a second edition and once again endorsed by the Institute of Directors, has been written for high earners and wealthy individuals who are looking to maximise returns on their capital and protect their accumulated wealth. It offers authoritative and jargon-free advice to how to structure personal and business-related finances, as well as providing an accessible overview of current financial products. It includes details on strategies for sound wealth management, as well as offering a full examination of the available securities and financial products, including alternative investments and self-managed investments. It also reviews the more proactive alternatives of starting a business or becoming a business angel.
Business & Economics

Beyond the J Curve

Author: Thomas Meyer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

View: 914

In recent times, venture capital and private equity funds have become household names, but so far little has been written for the investors in such funds, the so-called limited partners. There is far more to the management of a portfolio of venture capital and private equity funds than usually perceived. Beyond the J Curve describes an innovative toolset for such limited partners to design and manage portfolios tailored to the dynamics of this market place, going far beyond the typical and often-simplistic recipe to 'go for top quartile funds'. Beyond the J Curve provides the answers to key questions, including: Why 'top-quartile' promises should be taken with a huge pinch of salt and what it takes to select superior fund managers? What do limited partners need to consider when designing and managing portfolios? How one can determine the funds' economic value to help addressing the questions of 'fair value' under IAS 39 and 'risk' under Basel II or Solvency II? Why is monitoring important, and how does a limited partner manage his portfolio? How the portfolio's returns can be improved through proper liquidity management and what to consider when over-committing? And, why uncertainty rather than risk is an issue and how a limited partner can address and benefit from the fast changing private equity environment? Beyond the J Curve takes the practitioner's view and offers private equity and venture capital professionals a comprehensive guide making high return targets more realistic and sustainable. This book is a must have for all parties involved in this market, as well as academic and students.
Business & Economics

QFINANCE

Author: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 2200

View: 293

QFINANCE: The Ultimate Resource (5th edition) is the first-step reference for the finance professional or student of finance. Its coverage and author quality reflect a fine blend of practitioner and academic expertise, whilst providing the reader with a thorough education in the may facets of finance.
Business & Economics

Personal Benchmark

Author: Charles Widger

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 552

In Personal Benchmark: Integrating Behavioral Finance and Investment Management, Chuck Widger and Dr. Daniel Crosby outline the ways in which a program of embedded behavioral finance, fueled by what matters most to you, can be your protection against irrational financial behavior. Along the way, you'll learn how to improve your investment experience, increase returns formerly sacrificed to misbehavior, and worry less about "The Economy" as you become increasingly focused on "My Economy." Welcome to a new way of investing, a new paradigm for conceptualizing wealth, and a system of turning emotion from your portfolio's worst enemy into its best friend! In this new model, risk is simply the likelihood that we will underperform our dreams. Irrationality is acting in ways that thwart our ability to reach those dreams. And the optimal portfolio is not the one that generates the highest return in abstraction, it is the one that helps us meet our goals without killing our nerves before we get there. This book gives advisors the tools needed to effectively communicate the design and execution of the Personal Benchmark solution.
Business & Economics

The Stewardship of Wealth

Author: Gregory Curtis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 464

View: 795

Indispensable advice for building a lasting financial legacy Building wealth is hard to do, but maintaining that wealth across generations is even more challenging. In The Stewardship of Wealth: Successful Private Wealth Management for Investors and Their Advisors + Website, wealth advice expert Gregory Curtis reveals the investment secrets of the world's wealthiest families, so that financial planners, fund managers, and wealthy individuals everywhere can follow in their footsteps. Outlining the best practices for preserving and growing wealth, the book details exactly how to build a lasting financial legacy in the face of taxes, inflation, investment costs, and the conflicts of interest that are endemic to the financial advisory business. Wealthy families are at the very heart of America's exceptionalism, of the vigor, resilience, and creativity that have made the U.S. the most successful nation in history. The Stewardship of Wealth's discusses the crucial role private wealth continues to play in America's remarkable economic and cultural success and the issues wealthy families and their advisors face, presenting a step-by-step guide to better managing liquid wealth. Reveals the wealth management strategies employed by America's wealthiest families and their financial managers Explores the challenges to ensuring that money stays in the family, from portfolio design to manager selection to monitoring investment performance, and much more Details the essential steps for ensuring a lasting financial legacy An examination of the key issues involved in managing private wealth, especially for affluent families, The Stewardship of Wealth + Website is the ultimate guide to building a financial legacy that will last.
Business & Economics

The Quest for Alpha

Author: Larry E. Swedroe

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 911

The final word on passive vs. active investing The debate on active investing-stock picking and market timing-versus passive investing-markets are highly efficient and almost impossible to outperform-has raged for decades. Which side is right? In The Quest for Alpha: The Holy Grail of Investing, author Larry E. Swedroe puts an end to the debate, proving once and for all that active investing is likely to prove futile as the associated expenses-costs, fees, and time spent analyzing individual stocks and the overall market-are likely to exceed any benefits gained. The book Presents research, data, and quotations that reveal it's extremely difficult to outperform the market Explains why investors should focus on asset allocation, fund construction, costs, tax efficiency, and the building of a globally diversified portfolio that minimizes, if not eliminates, the taking of idiosyncratic, uncompensated risks Other titles by Swedroe: The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You'll Ever Need and The Only Guide You'll Ever Need for the Right Financial Plan Investors are on a never-ending search for a money manager who will deliver returns above the appropriate risk-adjusted benchmark, aka the "Holy Grail of Investing." The Quest for Alpha demonstrates that it's a loser's game-while it's possible to win, it's so unlikely that you shouldn't try.
Business & Economics

Mastering the Art of Asset Allocation, Chapter 10 - Sources of Information

Author: CFA Darst, David M.

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 77

View: 694

The following chapter comes from Mastering the Art of Asset Allocation, which focuses on the knowledge and nuances that will help you achieve asset allocation success. Asset allocation authority David Darst builds upon his bestselling The Art of Asset Allocation to explore every aspect of asset allocation from foundations through correlations, providing you with detailed techniques for understanding and implementing asset allocation in any portfolio.
Business & Economics

The Prudent Investor's Guide to Hedge Funds

Author: James P. Owen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 896

Hedge funds are typically thought of as highly risky investments. Not so. In fact, some hedge funds are among the most conservative investments you can make. While speculative, high-flying hedge funds make the headlines, others quietly go about the work of crafting unique investment strategies and hedging portfolios against market risk. This much-needed book shows why affluent investors who want to be financially secure through retirement should know about hedge funds. Its blend of facts, practical tips, and personal insights takes the mystery out of this often misunderstood investment vehicle and reveals the critical questions to ask before you invest. James P. Owen (Santa Barbara, CA) has more than 30 years of experience in the investment management industry and is Senior Vice President of Broadmark Asset Management. Previously he was President of JPO Inc. and a partner with NWQ Investment Management Company. He is co-founder of the Investment Management Consultant s Association (IMCA); author of the financial bestseller, The Prudent Investor: The Definitive Guide to Professional Investment Management; and was associate producer of the PBS television series,Beyond Wall Street: The Art of Investing
Business & Economics

Financial Risk Management

Author: Steve L. Allen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 608

View: 293

A top risk management practitioner addresses the essentialaspects of modern financial risk management In the Second Edition of Financial Risk Management +Website, market risk expert Steve Allen offers an insider'sview of this discipline and covers the strategies, principles, andmeasurement techniques necessary to manage and measure financialrisk. Fully revised to reflect today's dynamic environment and thelessons to be learned from the 2008 global financial crisis, thisreliable resource provides a comprehensive overview of the entirefield of risk management. Allen explores real-world issues such as proper mark-to-marketvaluation of trading positions and determination of needed reservesagainst valuation uncertainty, the structuring of limits to controlrisk taking, and a review of mathematical models and how they cancontribute to risk control. Along the way, he shares valuablelessons that will help to develop an intuitive feel for market riskmeasurement and reporting. Presents key insights on how risks can be isolated, quantified,and managed from a top risk management practitioner Offers up-to-date examples of managing market and creditrisk Provides an overview and comparison of the various derivativeinstruments and their use in risk hedging Companion Website contains supplementary materials that allowyou to continue to learn in a hands-on fashion long after closingthe book Focusing on the management of those risks that can besuccessfully quantified, the Second Edition of FinancialRisk Management + Websiteis the definitive source for managingmarket and credit risk.
Business & Economics

The Modern Endowment Allocation Model

Author: Martin L. Leibowitz

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 19

View: 957

The authors of The Endowment Model of Investing provide an overview in this chapter of the traditional versus modern methods of endowment investing as a basis for understanding diversification and managing equities for endowments today. It is meant as a brief introduction to the topic and book. Discussed is how the tradition of the long term policy portfolio with relatively fixed asset categories was at one point ubiquitous in the endowment and foundation World but how now with increased market volatility and the appearance of attractive new asset classes, this tradition of overly rigid allocations and fixed asset buckets is questioned and put into old news. The late Peter L. Bernstein was one of the earliest and most articulate authors arguing for a rethinking of the policy portfolio concept. This chapter includes topics on: Institutions working in a more flexible fashion with allocations wider allocation bands using assets that do not necessarily fit into the traditional categories
Business & Economics

Mastering the Art of Asset Allocation, Chapter 1 - Essentials of Allocation Mastery

Author: CFA Darst, David M.

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 356

View: 719

The following chapter comes from Mastering the Art of Asset Allocation, which focuses on the knowledge and nuances that will help you achieve asset allocation success. Asset allocation authority David Darst builds upon his bestselling The Art of Asset Allocation to explore every aspect of asset allocation from foundations through correlations, providing you with detailed techniques for understanding and implementing asset allocation in any portfolio.
Business & Economics

The Little Book that Still Saves Your Assets

Author: David M. Darst

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 205

Protect assets during times of crisis with this new edition of the New York Times bestseller! When the first edition of this book appeared it was before the economic crash. This new edition shows how David Darst's particular kind of asset allocation helped his investors during that volatile period. It also contains a discussion of downside and risk tolerance and new self-tests for determining your risk tolerance. And, finally, it reveals how the asset allocation model has changed since 2008. In all of these areas, the author will continue to include new insightful anecdotes like those that peppered the first edition. Shows how to tap into the use of asset allocation strategies to protect your investments Offers updated information on downside and risk tolerance The next step resource from a managing director of Morgan Stanley and the bestselling author David Darst Includes a Foreword by Jim Cramer David Darst reveals how to use asset allocation to increase your portfolio that tap into the investment strategies of the wealthy.
Business & Economics

Innovator's Toolkit

Author:

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN:

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

View: 412

The Innovator's Toolkit What are the types of innovation? How can you generate creative ideas for your business? How can you move from ideas to unleashing you innovation to the market? How can you combine your innovation with a strategic plan to move your company forward? Get these questions answered with jargon-free, useable, practical tools and advice. The Innovator?s Toolkit offers you field-tested techniques and tips to ensure the successful development and implementation of your innovation. Topics Include: - Moving innovation to the market - Making strategic, innovative moves and placing strategic bets - Using projects to drive innovation to market Readers can also access free interactive tools on the Harvard Business Essentials companion Web site at www.elearning.hbsp.org/businesstools. Harvard Business Essentials The Reliable Source for Busy Managers The Harvard Business Essentials series is designed to provide comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience. To assure quality and accuracy, each volume is closely reviewed by a specialized content adviser from a world class business school. Whether you are a new manager interested in expanding your skills or an experienced executive looking for a personal resource, these solution-oriented books offer reliable answers at your fingertips.