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A Peril of Hedge Fund Allocation: Investing Too Little

Following the news of CalPERS’ termination of its ARS program and at the request of Risk Magazine, we looked at the relationship between scale, selection and impact on total portfolio returns that hedge fund allocations can possibly have at large pensions. To perform this study, we base our hypothetical pension portfolio off of CalPERS’ portfolio. […]

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PTTRX: When is a switch a switch?

With Bill Gross’ surprise departure from Pimco, many investors are looking more closely at the behavior of Pimco Total Return in relation to its peers. Investors and consultants reviewing the new team and near-term performance will be making decisions in the next weeks and months that could have considerable impacts for the future of fixed […]

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Too Heterogeneous to Handle? The Case for Careful Analysis of Nontraditional Bond Funds

As the end of the 30 year bond bull market begrudgingly gives over to the consensus-expected rate rise, investors’ persistent worries about the impacts of falling bond prices on their portfolios have provided great opportunity for asset managers to aggressively market and/or launch “nontraditional bond” funds. Unlike core or intermediate term bond funds, which typically […]

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Tracking BFOR: Searching for Style in a Stockpicker’s ETF

At the request of Barron’s “Focus on Funds” and “ETF Focus” columnist Brendan Conway, MPI performed a quantitative analysis of BFOR, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) based on the Barron’s 400 Index. The index, which seeks to identify “America’s high performing companies” in an effort to beat the market by investing in “growth at a reasonable […]

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Crisis in the Rearview Mirror: Monitoring Mutual Funds in the Five Year Window

March marked the first month that the impact of extreme down markets of the Financial Crisis faded out of 5 year fund performance histories. With the darkest days of 2008 and Q1 2009 removed from 5 year track records and associated risk measures, significant shake-ups are being felt in many DC fund “scorecards”, investment policy […]

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