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2016’s Emerging Market Surprise: Peru Breaks Out, Performs Strong at Nearly 40%

A slowdown in China and other global economic turmoil were thought to spell trouble for Latin America in 2016, but as of May, most Latin American stock indices are actually outperforming the S&P, with Peru coming in at close to 40%. Peruvian stock indices have typically followed the returns of the DJ-UBS US Copper Index; […]

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How exposed are U.S. Municipal Bond funds to a Puerto Rican default?

In light of the Governor of Puerto Rico announcing the possibility of further defaults, MPI wanted to understand the possible effects on U.S. mutual funds that invest in Puerto Rican municipal bonds. We ran quantitative analysis on all of Morningstar’s municipal bond categories, analyzing the return streams of 562 funds identifying potential exposures ranging as […]

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Making the Mark: How Global Equity Hedge Funds Have Beat the Market

Whether rightly or wrongly[1], hedge funds are often compared to market beta as an indicator of their worth, and their (expensive) fee structure. With 2015 figures now in, the average hedge fund, as measured by HFRI Composite, has trailed the S&P 500 for seven straight years in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis. Source: […]

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Can Annual Returns Be Used to Unlock the Sources of Top Endowment Performance?

A Sneak Peek of MPI’s Endowment Study. Fall has brought with it excitement and some surprise in a much-watched annual contest. No, we’re not talking about the World Series but rather endowment-reporting season. Fiscal year (FY) 2015 returns[1] are now in from many of the top college endowments. Bowdoin, with almost $1.4B AUM, has taken […]

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Examining the Core: Intermediate-Term Bond Funds in August

The month of August was almost universally tough for financial markets. Equity, Commodity and Fixed income markets fell, dragging most managers with them. Intermediate-Term Bond Funds, one of Morningstar’s largest categories, were not immune to this turmoil, with 221 of 235 funds posting losses. The median loss for the category was -0.25%, with the Barclays US. Aggregate Bond […]

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