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Why Andrew Ang joined Blackrock

Andrew Ang believes factor investing is a more efficient way to organise a portfolio as it allows liquid and illiquid strategies to be managed across the portfolio. It also has the added benefit of honing managers on value creation. He’s been working with a handful of investors while Professor of Finance at Columbia University on […]

Cost shifting and the freezing of corporate pension plans

This paper, which examines the impact of the trend in the US of corporate funds freezing their defined benefit funds and offering defined contribution plans, shows that net of the increase in total DC contributions, firms save 2.7-3.6 per cent of payroll per year, and over a 10-year horizon they save 3.1 per cent of […]

Emerging equity markets in a globalising world

This research by academics at Duke and Columbia Universities looks at whether it still makes sense to separate equities allocations into developed and emerging market buckets.   Given the dramatic globalization over the past twenty years, does it make sense to segregate global equities into “developed” and “emerging” market buckets? This paper argues that the […]

Investment beliefs of endowments

Academics from Columbia and Yale Universities examine the expected and actual returns of US university endowment portfolios and the role of alternatives in generating alpha.   To access the paper Investment beliefs of endowments

Stock exchange merger and liquidity

This paper by Columbia University’s Ulf Nielsson, empricially investigates the effects of stock exchange consolidation, specifically measuring how it affects stock liquidity and how the effect varies with firm type.

Portfolio choice with illiquid assets

New research by Columbia University’s Andrew Ang, Dimitris Papanikolaou from Northwestern University, and Mark Westerfield from the University of Southern California, shows that illiquidity, modelled as the ability to trade only at randomly occurring discrete points in time, has large effects on policies and optimal asset allocation.