Month: July 2019

July 31, 2019
Risk Management Tools Used to Develop Better Indices
The risk management tools used to develop drugs (functional information systems) will soon be used to launch new and better indices rooted in actual business risks (instead of the usual cap-weighted crapolla that sees index funds buy high and sell low). Commentary: Systems economics — a new prescription for risk management, Pensions&Investments Ashby Monk (@sovereignfund)
July 30, 2019
Data Management Systems Inside Pensions and SWFs
Student: Do the data management systems running inside pensions and SWFs connect through APIs? Me: Good question. In 99% of cases, no. The data is piped through a complex system of bespoke, manual and thus fragile processes. Student: Wait... really? Me: Yeah, like this... Ashby Monk (@sovereignfund)
July 29, 2019
Why Agent Based Models Are Coming to Finance
Financial markets are akin to a complex networks of roads moving capital from one place to another. Investors respond to crises like drivers respond to traffic jams: over-reacting, making matters worse. Why agent based models are coming to finance --> Using agent-based models to manage risk, The Banker Ashby Monk (@sovereignfund)
July 28, 2019
Jon Harris – Investing in People at AIM (EP.105)
Brought to you by: Barings Streaming Income Podcast |  Jon Harris is the CEO of Alternative Investment Management, a twenty year-old investment firm that started as a family office and has evolved into managing $1 billion in hedge fund and private equity strategies on behalf of a range of fascinating business and investment executives. […]
July 25, 2019
Research on Luck in Venture Capital
‘Tis better to be lucky than to be good. Picking a winning investment early on meant little for the firm’s future success in selecting companies, the analysis found. VC firms that had enjoyed initial success were no better than their mainstream peers at choosing promising industries or regions. Likewise, investors’ abilities to nurture and develop […]
July 24, 2019
Dropping the Alternative from Financial Data Lexicon
Just as organic food was referred to by our grandparents as food, alternative data was just data. But with IoT and data tools improving, stories like this will become routine, and we'll end up dropping the alternative again from our financial data lexicon. Hedge Funds Are Tracking Private Jets to Find the Next Megadeal, Bloomberg […]
July 23, 2019
Rethinking Alternative Data for Institutional Investors
Read on. Rethinking Alternative Data in Institutional Investment, The Journal of Financial Data Science Ashby Monk (@sovereignfund)
July 22, 2019
Consolidation at Funds SA
I'll keep saying this: The future of pensions is being redefined in Australia (not Canada). Here's yet another professional investor maturing and emerging. Funds SA Consolidates After Rapid Growth, Investment Innovation Institute Ashby Monk (@sovereignfund)
July 21, 2019
André Bourbonnais - Blackrock Long-Term Private Capital (First Meeting, EP.03)
André Bourbonnais is a Managing Director at Blackrock and Global Head of its newly launched Long-Term Private Capital business, a multi-billion dollar permanent capital private equity fund. André brought thirty years of private market transaction and management experience to the role, most recently as CEO and Chief Investment Officer of PSP Investments, the $110 billion […]
July 18, 2019
Research on University Board Members and Endowments
If you're a fund manager in private equity or venture capital, your alma mater might call on you to serve on their investment committee. Our findings on networks also highlight complexities of investing in some types of assets. We find that connections to investment professionals (networks) matter especially for allocations to private equity and venture […]
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