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Do Institutional Investors Really "Walk the Talk" When They Sign Up the Principles for Responsible Investment?
Academic director Pedro Matos and Mayo Center post-doc Simon Glossner with co-authors from the University of Geneva on "Do PRI signatory investors walk the talk?"
Disaster Strikes: Where Do Institutional Investors Go?
Insights from Pedro Matos from Darden's Ideas to Action
Hedge Fund Alpha: Cycle or Sunset
Evidence shows that hedge fund managers as a group have shown a marked decline in risk-adjusted returns in the 10 years following the Global Financial Crisis. Rodney Sullivan, Executive Director of the Mayo Center for Asset Management, seeks to demystify hedge fund strategies by evaluating fund performance that can be attributed to the markets as well as other well-known systematic factors. By understanding these factors, investors will be better positioned to make more informed decisions regarding hedge fund allocation.
How did institutional investors behave in the COVID-19 market crash?
Academic director Pedro Matos and Mayo Center post-doc Simon Glossner with co-authors from the University of Zurich on “Where Do Institutional Investors Seek Shelter when Disaster Strikes? Evidence from COVID-19”
Cooperation vs. Competition: What Do You Want in Your Mutual Fund?
Insights from Richard B. Evans from Darden's Ideas to Action
International Centre for Pension Management Award
Pedro Matos (University of Virginia), Rajna Gibson (University of Geneva), Simon Glossner, Philipp Krueger (University of Geneva) and Tom Steffen (Osmosis Investment Management)
Putting 2020 Into Perspective: Diversification May Work Better Than You Think
Rodney Sullivan, Executive Director of the Mayo Center, puts the turbulent markets of 2020 into historical context. The ability of a diversified portfolio, especially long-only, to provide relief during market turbulence has come under attack in recent years with many saying that diversification disappears altogether when investors need it most. The evidence here suggests the oft repeated “all correlations go to one in a crisis” is an exaggeration. Instead, diversification remains as relevant to investors today as ever before
Global Economic Prospects Report Discussion
Ayhan Kose, faculty member at Darden and Director of the World Bank Group’s Prospects Group discusses the outlook for the global economy to include both developed and emerging markets. The discussion will be driven by the findings from the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects Report published in June 2020.
Webinar on "ESG and Responsible Institutional Investing Around the World"
Does the increased interest in ESG investing shown by institutional and private wealth clients mean that we are at the inflection point for a structural change in the way investors allocate resources? The growth in ESG assets under management make it important to understand the trends and driving forces behind ESG investing, particularly as it pertains to risk management. This webinar with Professor Pedro Matos explored the substantial body of research on ESG investing, discussed how these insights can create win–win scenarios for portfolio managers and their clients. He also discussed whether investors have the data and metrics they need for ESG integration, examined how institutional investors around the world implement ESG strategies, and looked at whether investors are “walking the ESG talk.”
Professor Matos drew conclusions from the body of academic evidence presented in his CFA Institute Research Foundation publication, ESG and Responsible Institutional Investing Around the World: A Critical Review. He also discussed how some of these considerations are accelerating in response to COVID-19.
Economic Forecast: June 2020. The Path Forward for Economies and Markets
Professor Alan Beckenstein and economist Nick Sargen discuss a variety of impacts the pandemic will have on economies and markets. Professor Beckenstein and Dr. Sargen examine how this shock compares to those in the past, quantify the impact the pandemic has had on the US economy, provide an outlook on the strength of the US dollar globally, review the policy responses in the US and forecast recovery possibilities and horizons.
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How the Coronavirus Will Shape the Global Economy
Professor Peter Debaere, expert in international trade and investment, multinationals and trade policy, explores a range of impacts the pandemic may have on the global economy and trends in globalization. In his presentation, Professor Debaere explores impacts on GDP growth, unemployment and emerging economies, with a special focus on global trade between countries and the flows of capital and people.
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ESG and Responsible Institutional Investing Around the World: A Critical Review
Academic Director Pedro Matos from the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management, examines the vibrant academic literature on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing.
Collaboration with FCLTGlobal on “One Share, One Vote” Research Project
Academic Director Pedro Matos, Professor Ting Xu and post-doc Jinhee Kim from the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management conducted research in collaboration with FCLTGlobal on a project about corporations issuing shares with different voting rights. The research presents empirical facts about the long-term and global performance of these shares.
Mayo Center Briefing: Investing for Higher Education
Read about research by Professor Bob Harris on endowment allocations, returns and the roles of expertise and networks.
Webinar on "ESG Investing"
Academic Director Pedro Matos and Professor Mary Margaret Frank discussed their perspectives on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Over the past several years, the market for ESG and socially responsible investing has exploded. Matos and Frank offer an introduction to the space, review how institutions approach ESG and socially responsible investing around the world, and summarize a recent case study they co-authored about how a new ESG product offered by Goldman Sachs came to life.
You can watch the presentation here. Click here to view the slides.
SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar Visits Darden
SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar visits the Darden School of Business as a guest of the Adam Smith Society to discuss the SEC’s mission, capital markets, cybersecurity, the potential of fintech and several other topics.
Three Things: Preparing For Financial Crisis
What have we learned in the 10 years since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 and how can we use that knowledge to forecast future crises? Professor Bob Bruner outlines three reflections to help delay or mitigate future crises.
Mayo Center Insights: The Growth of Passive Investing Worldwide
Read about the global growth of passive investing in the work of Pedro Matos, Academic Director of the Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management.
Quantitative Easing With Dr. Paul Sheard and Professor Alan Beckenstein
Watch Dr. Paul Sheard, chief economist of S&P Global, and Darden Professor Alan Beckenstein in a webinar discussion on quantitative easing and what happens when the U.S. stops printing money in a world of unconventional monetary policy.
Is Trump's Election a Game Charger? with Nick Sargen
Nick Sargen, chief economist of Fort Washington, discusses whether or not Donald Trump's election will have a long-term impact on US and global financial markets.
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