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Month: March 2019

March 31, 2019
Capital Allocators Monthly - March 2019
A few announcements before my favorite content this month. * Sign up here to receive our new weekly blog focusing on Endowment & Foundation news compiled by Marcelino Pantoja.  * Special thanks to Canoe Intelligence for sponsoring the podcast.  Canoe's software employs machine learning to help allocators efficiently and accurately get information from managers into their reporting system. The software […]
March 31, 2019
Dan Ariely – Investing in Irrationality (EP.93)
Brought to you by: Essentia Analytics | Dan Ariely is a leading behavioral economist, author, entrepreneur, and investor.  He is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight.  He recently also became a Founding Partner of Irrational Capital.  He is […]
March 28, 2019
Job Duties at University of California Endowment
There are quite a few roles open at the investment office for the University of California. Read the job descriptions and you will learn what an endowment allocator does the majority of the time. Lead due diligence on prospective investments from beginning to end, including primary fund commitments, co-investments, and secondaries. This includes assessing the […]
March 27, 2019
University of Michigan CIO Erik Lundberg on Alternatives
It takes time to build a relationship with fund managers who consistently create value, especially those that invest in alternatives. If you invest in alternatives right you end up with much better results, much greater performance. But those programs have to be built up over time with the best relationships. You have to find ways […]
March 26, 2019
Industrial Wealth Behind Philanthropy
Art museums are breaking ties with the Sackler family and are no longer accepting gifts from them. Guggenheim Museum Says It Won’t Accept Gifts From Sackler Family, The New York Times Tate Galleries Will Refuse Sackler Money Because of Opioid Links, The New York Times British Gallery Turns Down $1.3 Million Sackler Donation, The New […]
March 25, 2019
Bowdoin CIO Paula Volent Art of Investing
To the uninitiated, investing seems like a lot of number crunching. But after enough time practicing it you realize that investing is more art than science. Fortunately for Bowdoin their endowment CIO came from the art world. Ms. [Paula] Volent found her way to asset management through a circuitous route. After receiving a degree in […]
March 24, 2019
Ted Seides Has Made His Mark, but He Feels like He’s Just Getting Started
My friend Jon Brolin, founder of Edenbrook Capital and adjunct professor of value investing at Fordham's Gabelli School of Business, interviewed me about my career and life. Fordham's Gabelli Connect wrote a nice summary of the interview here.
March 24, 2019
Jordi Visser – Next Generation of Manager Allocation (EP.92)
Brought to you by: Essentia Analytics | Jordi Visser is the President & CIO of $1.7 billion Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers, an asset management firm with a 40-year history of focusing on innovative investment processes and cutting edge thought leadership. Our conversation covers Jordi’s decade of learning at Morgan Stanley, and then turns to a deep […]
March 21, 2019
Princeton Doubles Net Assets Since Financial Crisis
Most schools have recovered since the financial crisis a decade ago. How the wealthiest colleges manage their endowments in a financial crisis, Education Dive But for an Ivy League school that relies on its endowment payout to cover more than half of its operating budget, their net assets have doubled. The decade began with the […]
March 20, 2019
Commercializing Research at Harvard
The effort to commercialize research has a long, haphazard history in higher ed. But schools such as Harvard, Stanford, and MIT organize their commercialization efforts through one department. At Harvard that department is called the Office of Technology Development (OTD). While the OTD measures its success in terms of long-term impact on society, its financial […]
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