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Strategic Asset Allocation or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dispersion

The old adage that allocation determines 90% of performance is rapidly becoming outdated.

Down the Rabbit Hole: A Cryptocurrency Primer

Bitcoin and cryptos are not suitable for all investors, but the world of digital assets may be more than a passing fad.

Avoiding Disaster with Catastrophe Bonds?

What role might catastrophe bonds, or cat bonds, play in a diversified portfolio?

Book Review: Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment in Private Equity

Simon Witney provides a groundbreaking overview of effective governance and responsible investment in private equity.

Blockchain and DeFI: Drivers of Change in Asset Management

“We’re still in the very early days of DeFi,” Mona El Isa says. “But this time is much more exciting. We’re seeing real usage and traction."

Permanent Capital: The Holy Grail of Private Markets

The goal of private equity is to be impervious to the vagaries of the economic cycle and to outside interference.

In Memoriam: David Swensen

With David Swensen's passing, the financial community has lost one of the most important investors of modern times.

SPACs: An Uncorrelated Asset Class?

Do special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) offer any diversification benefits?

The Short, the Index, and the Private Markets

There is no valid benchmark for the unlisted private equity sector. That needs to change.

Aswath Damodaran on the COVID Crucible: A Play in Three Acts

"In most crises, young companies suffer at the expense of old companies, risk-on companies get hurt more than risk-off companies," Aswath Damodaran said. "This crisis seems to have flipped the script."



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