Investing in International Equities: What's the Point?
Erick Rawlings, Managing Director, Research, discusses the rise of positive returns in US equity markets compared to foreign equities. This led Erick and the Athena Research team to investigate whether the asset class is due for a rebound, or, if investing abroad is fruitless, given the diminished correlations benefit.
Summertime and the Livin’ is Easy? Three Takeaways from the Market Movements of Summer 2019
Managing Director Doug Cohen's latest market update cites that, if nothing else, August was a reminder that we are seemingly always just a tweet away from a new market narrative. Doug cites the continued evidence of slowing global economic growth by the Fed’s rate cut and the renewal of trade tensions as causes of negative economic headlines that appear to be taking a toll on business capital spending.
ESG and Impact Investing: Q2 2019 News Highlights
Bill McCalpin, managing partner, impact investments, provides an overview of the latest news coming out of the impact investing industry. This quarter's roundup highlights the hedge fund community's adoption of ESG investing, growth of impact funds and robo-advisers, and female representation in hedge funds.
Collateralized Loan Obligations Flourish: A Case of Déjà Vu
The alphabet soup associated with the Global Financial Crisis has resurfaced as CLOs and CDOs once again make headlines. Since 2008, mortgage securitization has crawled to a halt--with the exception of the highest quality government-backed loans. Securitization has flourished in corporate debt markets, however, with record issuance of Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs) causing déjà vu.
Takeaways from the Aspen Ideas Festival: American Renewal, Part I
Doug Cohen, managing director, portfolio management, attended the 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival. In this first series of synopses, Doug shares key observations and takeaways from sessions covering political innovation to save our democracy, Valerie Jarrett’s recently published memoir, and the republican party in the age of Trump.