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Articles & White Papers for Institutional Investors

White papers and research for institutional investors; of interest to asset managers, pension funds, CIOs, investment consultants, quant managers, asset allocators, investment marketers and many others. Our most popular PDF articles and papers include those covering long-term return forecasts, smart beta, factor-based investing, pension risk transfer, quant strategies, alternative investments, insurance asset management, global strategy, fund manager selection, hedge funds, private equity, DC pension design. Our most viewed research on the site, ironically, covers the topic of asset management compensation - detailing the salary and bonus of investment managers throughout the world.
  • BlackRock

    Active Strategies, Indexing and the Rise of ETFs (Greenwich Associates / BlackRock, Oct 2017)

    Institutional flows into ETFs are expected to grow to $300B annually by 2020. Institutional Investors around the world are stepping up their use of ETFs as part of a broad transformation in portfolio management. Driving this growth is a wholesale reconsideration of the long-held distinction between active and indexed investment approaches.

    This paper presents the ...

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  • State Street Global Advisors

    Invested in Disruption: IQ Magazine Q3/Q4 2017 (SSGA)

    We live in an age of disruption, in which business models, industries and even our daily lives are being transformed. As the pace of disruption accelerates, we look at game-changing shifts that are redefining ideas around investment performance and value and how investors can navigate this new landscape.

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  • QMA

    Investing in Liquid Alts: An Outcomes-Based Approach (QMA, Apr 2017)

    • 05 May 2017
    • Company: QMA

    As more investors seek new sources of returns less correlated with the downward swings of the equity and bond markets, liquid alternative strategies have emerged as one of the more viable, and popular, investment options. Investors and their financial advisors are conditioned to select managers based on the asset class they invest in, frequently a less important consideration when ...

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  • CFA Institute Research Foundation

    Financial Market History: Reflections on the Past for Investors Today (CFA Institute Research Foundation)

    This 279-page compendium of papers, published by CFA Institute Research Foundation, provides a detailed and fascinating look at the history of financial markets. Each section, which has been authored by prominent industry professionals, discusses a different facet of financial markets including risk and return over the long run, bubbles and crises, financial innovation, and more. A ...

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  • CFA Institute Research Foundation

    Factor Investing and Asset Allocation (CFA Institute Research Foundation)

    Factor investing is as old as the hills. Yet it has only recently become a widespread practice. What is behind this sudden change in the investment management industry? What do analysts at firms that engage in factor investing do? What results might investors using these techniques expect? Here is a hugely important read to explore these questions.

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  • Robeco

    The Future of Asset Management (Robeco, 2016)

    The business of investment management will change significantly in the years ahead. Demographic and regulatory trends have imposed gradual change upon the industry, but technological developments are now injecting more urgency into the pace of change. In this white paper, Robeco examines the forces that are driving change, and how this will transform the industry. The authors ...

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  • Vanguard

    A framework for institutional portfolio construction (Vanguard)

    Typically, institutional investors around the world pursue one of four investment goals: absolute return, liability-driven investment, total return or principal protection. Generally, they choose from four different investment approaches: static tilts, traditional active management, market-capitalization exposures and alternative investments. Given the aforementioned potential ...

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  • Focusing Capital on the Long Term

    Long-Term Investing - Portfolio Guide (FCLT, 2015)

    This 60-page report investigates a variety of approaches that may be taken by institutional investors in order to find new long-term investment strategies. Examining the five key action areas (risk appetite statements, investment mandates, benchmarking processes, evaluations and incentives, and investment benefits), this paper's authors develop a framework for the improvement ...

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  • Heidrick & Struggles

    2017 Talent and Compensation Trends in Asset Management Distribution (Heidrick & Struggles, Sept 2017)

    Some veterans of the asset management distribution industry describe the current environment as the most competitive of their careers. Investors are demanding much more, and turnover rates have reached almost 20%, with many firms forced to further institutionalize and professionalize their teams. This latest report, "Talent and Compensation Trends in Institutional Asset ...

  • Bank for International Settlements

    Demographics will reverse three multi-decade global trends (BIS, 2017)

    Between the 1980s and the 2000s, the largest ever positive labour supply shock occurred, resulting from demographic trends and from the inclusion of China and eastern Europe into the World Trade Organization. This led to a shift in manufacturing to Asia, especially China; a stagnation in real wages; a collapse in the power of private sector trade unions; increasing inequality ...

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  • Willis Towers Watson

    Global Pensions Asset Study 2017 (Willis Towers Watson)

    The 2017 Global Pensions Asset Study covers 22 major pension markets, which total USD 36,435 billion in pension assets and account for 62.0% of the GDP of these economies. China, Finland and Italy were added to this year’s study. A deeper analysis was performed for seven of these markets (Australia, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Switzerland, UK and US), which comprise 91.7% of ...

  • bfinance

    Global Investment Management Fees: New Savings, New Challenges (bfinance, 2017)

    New bfinance data reveals falling fees in several sectors, especially where providers have been under pressure from cheaper competitors or the investment landscape has evolved. Meanwhile, many asset managers have seized the opportunity to launch fashionable products at a premium to their conventional equivalents, with certain breeds of unconstrained, multi-asset or advisory ...

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  • Michael Page

    UK Front Office Banking & Asset Management Salary Survey 2017

    This 22 page report from Michael Page details average remuneration (salary plus bonus) for a range of front office banking and fund management positions, including compensation for asset managers, quants, investment strategists, equity analysts, multi-asset portfolio managers, debt and credit analysts, and those in research/strategy and sales/trading roles in the UK. The ...

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  • EDHEC-Risk Institute

    Multi-Dimensional Risk and Performance Analysis for Equity Portfolios (EDHEC)

    Multi-factor models are commonly used for risk analysis and performance attribution of equity portfolios. Equity portfolio managers are interested not only in assessing the impact of common factors, but also in understanding the impact of stock-specific attributes upon portfolio risk and performances. In this report, EDHEC-Risk Institute explores the challenge of consistent risk ...

  • Citi

    Disruptive Innovations IV: Ten More Things to Stop and Think About (Citi, 2016)

    • 21 Nov 2016
    • Company: Citi

    The fourth in a series from Citi GPS, this edition examines 10 more innovative technologies and new products which are disrupting their sectors. This edition covers:

    1. Big Data Disruption - The Big Data Revolution in Energy
    2. Contextual Commerce - What is Contextual Commerce?
    3. Direct-to-Consumer Marketplace - Another Threat to ...

    • Professional
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  • AQR Capital Management

    Fact, Fiction and Momentum Investing (AQR Capital, 2014)

    Authored by Cliff Asness and others from AQR Capital, this paper examines the "myths" surrounding momentum investing, using results from a variety of academic studies. The paper aims to clarify the facts with regard to the efficacy of trend-following strategies and to document the practical value of momentum within the investment process.

  • Robeco

    How will Blockchain impact the Financial Industry? (Robeco, 2016)

    There is growing agreement that Blockchain technology, though overhyped, is here to stay. This excellent report from Robeco explains the distributed ledger technology, transaction flows and the eco-system. It then examines the ways in which it might transform the asset management industry in the future. 

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  • Equity Risk Premiums: Determinants, Estimation and Implications (Damodaran, 2016)

    In this paper, Professor Aswath Damodaran examines ways of estimating equity risk premiums (ERP). He begins by considering the economic determinants of ERP, including information uncertainty, perceptions of macroeconomic risk and risk aversion by investors. This is the 9th edition of this paper. It has been produced annually since the global financial crisis of 2008.

  • Best Practices in Formal Meetings with Investment Consultants

    • 17 Apr 2016
    • Posted by: , Manager, Institutional Marketing - Investment M...
    • Manager, Institutional Marketing - Investment Management Practice

    Formal meetings with investment consulting firms can be make-or-break moments for asset managers. Strengthening relationships with consultants and ultimately winning a prized spot on their selective shortlists hinges on a manager’s performance in face-to-face formal meetings.

    Our recently released white paper, Best Practices in Formal Meetings with Investment Consultants, ...

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  • PIMCO

    Turning DC Assets Into a Lifetime Paycheck: How to Evaluate Investment Choices for Retirees (PIMCO, 2016)

    • 20 Jan 2016
    • Company: PIMCO

    In this paper, Stacy Schaus and Ying Gao argue that the best strategy for creating a retirement income stream is for retirees to keep savings in their Defined Contribution plan. Doing so may include access to institutional investments, fiduciary oversight and attractive pricing. Such a strategy is also designed to keep up with the real cost of retirement, reduce the ...

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