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MSCI shines light in tax gap

MSCI ESG Research has seen growing demand from institutional investors for data on tax-related risk. In response, it has added data such as geographic revenue transparency to its ratings.

New leadership prompts strategy review at ICPM

A decade since the formation of the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management is a good time to review the organisation’s raison d’etre. Amanda White spoke to ICPM chair, Barbara Zvan, chief investment risk officer of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and the outgoing and incoming executive directors, Keith Ambachtsheer and Rob Bauer.   “There is […]

How to estimate the equity risk premium

Given the importance of equity risk premium, it is surprising how haphazard the estimation of equity risk premiums remains in practice. This paper by Aswath Damodaran at the New York University Stern School of Business examines a number of different approaches to determining the equity risk premium and why different approaches yield different values. It […]

Risk parity and beyond

This paper analyses whether the use of uncorrelated underlying risk factors, as opposed to correlated asset returns, can lead to a more efficient framework for measuring and managing portfolio diversification. The paper, by academics at EDHEC Business School and SYMMYS, acknowledges that the ability to construct well-diversified portfolios is a challenge of critical importance in […]
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Making money from ESG

It is a measure of the experience of the Australian fund, Local Government Super, on ESG that it will instruct its managers on which companies to omit from portfolios. The New South Wales fund started its policy of applying environmental, social and governance filters to its investments by omitting tobacco companies in 2000. Today, it […]

The price and performance of wine

Because it’s nearly Christmas, and will close down for the holidays, we thought this research piece was apt. Elroy Dimson, Peter L. Rousseau, and Christophe Spaenjers, have looked at the impact of aging on wine prices and the performance of wine as a long-term investment, using a unique historical database for five long-established Bordeaux […]

Do some university endowments earn alpha?

This paper concludes that the average asset allocation of elite institutions and top‐performing funds is the single most important determinant of their superior returns during the last 20 years.   To access the paper click below: Do (Some) University Endowments earn Alpha