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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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Down Commodities Benefits CTA Funds

The past year has been a painful one for some macro hedge funds that focus on commodities. Recent news of the departure of the co-founders from Carlyle’s suffering commodities hedge fund manager Vermillion Asset Management, and commodities fund closures by Black River Asset Management and Armajaro Asset Management paint a grim picture of the ability […]

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