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Commonfund

Commonfund was founded in 1971 as an independent asset management firm with a grant from the Ford Foundation. Together with or through its affiliates, Commonfund today manages customized investment programs for endowments, foundations and public pension funds. Commonfund provide extensive investment flexibility using independent investment sub-advisers for discretionary and non-discretionary outsourcing engagements. Investment programs incorporate active and passive strategies in equities and fixed income, hedge funds, real assets and private capital.

Country

United States

AUM ($B)

$14

Chief Executive

Mark Anson

Chief Investment Officer

Mark Anson

Chair

Robert Litterman

Asset allocation
Commonfund focus on three basic principles of an equity bias, diversification, and prudent use of illiquid investments.
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Why consultants can’t pick winners

A research paper that concludes that the funds recommended to institutional investors by investment consultant do not add value, has won the Commonfund Prize, awarded for original research relevant to endowment and foundation asset management. The paper, by academics at Saïd Business School, Oxford University and University of Connecticut School of Business, found that there […]
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US ivy league endowments cling to returns … just

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