Tag Archives: Performance Attribution

Standard Life GARS Fund: MPI’s Factor X-ray

The £27bn Standard Life Global Absolute Return Fund (SLI GARS) has been renowned as a leading absolute return UCITS/mutual fund since its inception in 2008. However, recently its performance reversed from the peak reached in April of 2015. Using SLI GARS’ weekly performance data, we demonstrate how sophisticated factor analysis techniques can provide valuable insights […]

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Ivy League Endowments 2016 Performance Review

An 1873 meeting that brought Harvard, Yale and Princeton together to codify the rules of American football also debuted a sports conference later known as the “Ivy League — eight elite institutions whose heritage, dating from pre-Revolutionary times, became formative influences shaping American character and culture.  These schools also pioneered endowment investment management, thus helping […]

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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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Remembrance of Things Past: Carmignac Patrimoine’s Resurgence

Carmignac Gestion’s flagship fund, Carmignac Patrimoine, which grew in size and stature amongst the European investment management community due to sage risk management during the Financial Crisis and stellar long-term performance, faced a difficult 2013 and early 2014. Performing near the bottom of its peers in this window of time, investors questioned whether Patrimoine and […]

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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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The Taper at the Beach: Pimco, the Fed and a Quantitative Approach to the World’s Largest Bond Fund

In the WSJ’s February 24th exposé of the turmoil at the helm of Pimco, we saw a curious bit about tension at “the Beach” increasing in the summer of 2013. During this period, according to the Journal, conflict between then co-CIOs Bill Gross and Mohamed E-Erian became apparent to staff, and Gross restricted trading at […]

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Chart of the Week: Sector Underperformance Can Hit Even Top Stock Pickers

Investors with Vontobel Asset Management’s Rajiv Jain, Morningstar’s 2012 International-Stock Fund Manager of the Year, have a lot to be happy about. His 40 Act funds under the Virtus label performed very well in 2012 – to say nothing of their longer-term performance – and his Virtus Foreign Opportunities Fund (JVIAX) outperformed the MSCI All […]

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Chart of the Week: GMO Quality – Accidental Allocator

Salient Points: 1.  Over the past 12 months, GMO Quality emerged as the best ‘timer’ or sector allocator of any fund in the large- and multi-cap U.S. equity universe, when weighed against the S&P 500. 2.  Ironically, the fund is known for its stock selection. 3.  Its outperformance is attributable to consistent, steady exposure to […]

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