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Month: June 2019

June 30, 2019
Sam Sicilia – Seizing on a Long Time Horizon at HostPlus (EP.103)
Sam Sicilia is the Chief Investment Officer of HostPlus, Australia’s AUZ 37 billion ($25B USD) Superannuation Fund.  Sam joined HostPlus in 2008 after a storied career in academia and the finance industry stretching back to the early 1990s. During that time, he held senior roles, both in Australia and internationally, consulting at Russell Investments, managing […]
June 27, 2019
Be the First CIO at Mount Holyoke Endowment
There is an opportunity to become the first Chief Investment Officer for one of the oldest Seven Sisters schools. Mount Holyoke wants an experienced institutional investor who has worked as an allocator to asset managers or as a consultant, according to the job description. “This is a great opportunity for someone to contribute broadly across […]
June 26, 2019
David Swensen to Teach Future Fund Managers at Yale
Are you a couple of years out of college? Do you want to become a fund manager? There is a new asset management program at Yale that can teach you. The new degree program is being developed in close collaboration with the Yale Investments Office (YIO), a pathbreaking team of investors who pioneered the “Yale […]
June 25, 2019
Scott Kupor Spilling Venture Capital Secrets
Scott Kupor, who is the Managing Partner of Andreessen Horowitz, just published a book called Secrets of Sand Hill Road. Contrary to the title, there are no secrets in venture since quite a few venture capitalists have been blogging about the industry for years. A startup founder can find out online what to expect from […]
June 24, 2019
Stanford GSB on Venture Capital Secrets
The world of venture capital was mostly overlooked till recently. Now the Stanford Venture Capital Initiative at the business school is building a database on the industry. The VC world is interesting because the truth is that it’s very small in terms of available funding. One large pension fund or sovereign fund is bigger than […]
June 23, 2019
Martin Whittaker - JUST Capital (First Meeting EP.02)
Martin Whittaker is the founding CEO of JUST Capital, a non-profit created by a group of concerned, influential leaders, including Deepak Chopra and Paul Tudor Jones.  JUST Capital is an independent research organization thanks ranks companies on the issues Americans care about most, with a mission to build a more just marketplace that better reflects […]
June 20, 2019
Gift Policy at Harvard
Should a school return a gift years after accepting it? When asked for the gift policy, [University spokesperson Jonathan L.] Swain offered a statement instead. “The gift policy is designed to ensure that no gift to Harvard will provide a donor with real or perceived influence over the structure, process, content, or results of research, […]
June 19, 2019
Understanding Hedge Fund Risks
There are risks to all forms of investing, especially in hedge funds. The Principles and Best Practices for Hedge Fund Investors lists what those risks are and how to recognize them. Investors should be sufficiently familiar with these forms of risk to recognize their impact upon a particular hedge fund and its trading strategies. Market […]
June 18, 2019
Proper Hedge Fund Due Diligence
The Principles and Best Practices for Hedge Fund Investors report was issued during the financial crisis ten years ago. In it you will find a good set of due diligence questions you can borrow to evaluate a prospective hedge fund manager. Proper due diligence needs to be tailored to the circumstances and objectives of each […]
June 17, 2019
Building a Hedge Fund Program
If you want to build a hedge fund program, you can study a report issued ten years ago by the Investors' Committee to the President's Working Group on Financial Markets. To assess the appropriateness of a hedge fund program, questions prudent fiduciaries should consider include, but are not limited, to the following: Temperament: Do we, […]
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