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  1. Although global uncertainties remain high, the CBOE VIX Index — also known as the “fear index,” recently reached its lowest level since 1993. Some observers have questioned whether VIX remains a reliable indicator.

  2. In recent years, Australian commercial real estate has attracted considerable attention from international investors, changing the dynamics of what was historically a domestically dominated market.

  3. How can asset owners integrate an equity factor allocation into their existing roster of active managers? There is no one answer that suits all. The response may be different for each asset owner, depending on its investment beliefs, goals and risk tolerance.

  4. Asset managers devise investment strategies aimed at beating their benchmarks, but sometimes these strategies fall down in their implementation. Understanding exposures to different factors enables asset managers to make more informed decisions and allows institutional investors to evaluate the alignment of portfolios with their investment objectives. By using a fundamental factor model, we can see how a growth strategy might be hampered by unintended factor exposures.

  5. France’s April 23 presidential election looms as the next important test for the future of the European Union and its common currency, the euro. The questions for institutional investors: What is the risk of France quitting the eurozone and what are the implications for their portfolios?

  6. A property owned by a listed real estate company, such as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) or a real estate management and development company, should produce returns close to those of an equivalent asset that is privately owned. In reality, however, the results differ, especially when looking at short-term performance. The challenge for real estate investors is to be able to use both listed and direct real estate in their real estate allocations and understand the performance drivers for each. Specifically, how do equity market factors, financial structures and individual properties contribute to performance?

  7. Following the global financial crisis, the European Insurance and Occupational Pension Authority (EIOPA) required European insurers to reserve capital equal to 25% of the market value of their real estate assets to protect against a 1 in 200 chance of a catastrophic financial event. While reserving against potential catastrophes is critical, our analysis suggests that particular solvency capital requirement (SCR) may be unduly conservative for a diversified European real estate portfolio.

  8. Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012, he has embarked on a series of economic revitalization policies aimed at jostling Japan out of its so-called “lost decades,” the long period of sluggish growth and recurring deflation that followed the collapse of the country’s 1980s bubble economy

  9. Institutional investors use factors to capture returns and understand drivers of risk and return in their listed securities portfolios. Can factors that have generated long-term premia in equity markets help identify private real estate assets that have outperformed historically?

  10. Institutional investors worldwide traditionally have tended to focus on the stocks of larger companies, finding them less risky, more liquid and offering greater investment capacity than small-cap stocks. But asset owners and managers increasingly are allocating strategically to the small-cap equity segment as part of their global equity portfolios i.e., via an “all-cap” approach.

  11. The United Kingdom is about to begin negotiations over its exit from the European Union. Though the process could take up to two years, the triggering of talks leaves institutional investors to assess how Brexit, at least at the outset of negotiations, may affect their portfolios.

  12. Minimum volatility strategies have historically delivered above-average returns with below-average risk, especially in volatile market environments as have occurred in recent years. During this period, the world also has experienced low interest rates.

  13. When institutional investors think about Asia’s emerging markets, they tend to pay more attention to the larger and more industrialized economies such as China, Korea and Taiwan. Proportionally less attention is paid to the smaller Southeast Asia nations such as Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. Yet these countries, which together with Thailand and the Philippines constitute the MSCI AC ASEAN Index, have returned 5.6% a year (gross) over the 10-year period ending Dec. 30, 2016.

  14. Buoyed by populist sentiment, regulators around the world are considering ways to close corporate tax loopholes and narrow the gap between the statutory tax rate and what companies actually pay. The effort could have significant consequences, both for corporations and for institutional investors who engage portfolio companies over the sufficiency of their tax-related disclosures with the goal of avoiding unforeseen risks.

  15. Convertible bonds have “bonds” in their name but in reality they are complicated corporate securities with risk characteristics that often have little to do with straight bonds. Are they more like stocks or bonds? And how can investors evaluate and model them?

  16. Over the last five years, the risk and return profile of emerging markets has started to resemble that of developed markets. That leaves many large asset owners to ask how to structure mandates to take advantage of the variation in the behavior of emerging markets.

  17. Among the unknowns hanging on negotiations over the U.K.’s leaving the European Union is whether Brexit will trigger an exodus of banking jobs to Continental Europe and what impact that could have on Britain’s economy. A number of financial institutions have discussed relocating some of their operations, leaving many real estate investors worrying about the potential fallout on their London office holdings.

  18. Amid recent worldwide political, economic and market uncertainty, how can you increase resilience of your real estate portfolio? The answer to this question boils down to prudent use of three simple portfolio construction strategies: Asset selection, sector allocation and global diversification.

  19. As institutional equity investors increasingly think about the long term, they may adjust their portfolios to accommodate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns in their investment decision-making processes. That can be particularly challenging for the largest investors, such as pension funds and endowments, whose portfolios span the entire equity market.

  20. It is widely documented that women, on average, earn less than men for comparable work, so it may surprise you to learn that female CEOs of large companies included in a key global MSCI index made more than their male peers in 2015. However, men received superior options packages in the decade through 2015, and came out ahead in terms of total compensation during that period.

  21. The low interest rate environment continues to send institutional investors on a search for yield. But with the Federal Reserve signaling an increased pace of tightening in 2017, many are reducing interest rate exposure and seeking higher yields in credit instruments.

  22. U.S. equity investors in 2016 experienced a roller coaster ride. The U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union and the U.S. presidential election each resulted in sharp market moves. Together, the two events contributed to a shift in the underlying fabric of equity markets starting in the second half of the year.

  23. This year may ring the bell on a fundamental rethink for investors. Underlying all the major trends we identified for 2017 is a strategic decision point – do we change the way we think about investing, or is this business as usual in a new order?

  24. msci women on boards 2016 A growing body of research shows that having three women on a corporate board represents a “tipping point” in terms of influence, which is reflected in financial performance. Our analysis from last year looked at a snapshot of global companies in 2015 with strong female leadership, finding that they enjoyed a Return on Equity of 10.1% per year versus 7.4% for those without such leadership.

  25. Emerging market equities have declined 5.4% since the U.S. elections on Nov. 8 (measured in U.S. dollars).¹ But they remain a significant source of the world’s stock-market capitalization and economic activity, constituting 11% of the global investable universe and 40% of the world’s wealth. How much do institutional investors want to allocate to this portion of the market?

  26. A year that was marked by the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union and the United States’ surprise election of Donald J. Trump as president is ending with widespread uncertainty over systemic and geopolitical risk, inflation and economic growth. How can institutional investors address unconventional monetary and fiscal policies worldwide?

  27. What effect has the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union had on commercial real estate investments? Because of the lag in real estate valuations, we now finally have enough data to start making an assessment.

  28. Pro-cyclical factors are in, defensive factors are out. That, in a nutshell, describes how the U.S. equity market has responded to the presidential election.

  29. Emerging market equities underperformed U.S. stocks by 7.2 percentage points (as of Nov. 30) following Donald Trump’s election as president, based partly on the expectation that the president-elect is likely to pursue a series of protectionist policies that could hurt many export-dependent emerging nations. Stocks in developed economies (ex-U.S.) also underperformed those in the U.S., albeit by a smaller margin (3.8 percentage points).

  30. Over the past decade, many long-term institutional investors have incorporated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations into their portfolios, by creating segregated ESG mandates or by incorporating ESG criteria across the entire portfolio.

  31. Markets fear that a defeat of constitutional reforms proposed in Italy’s Dec. 4 referendum would end the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who has promised to resign if they fail. The reforms aim to make it easier for governments to implement their programs. A failed referendum could produce political instability, which could complicate efforts to recapitalize the country’s struggling banks, impede the government’s ability to reform the economy for the long term and increase risk across Europe, already engulfed by a banking crisis.

  32. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s new liquidity rules mark the most ambitious ever initiative against investor dilution — the unfair costs an investor may suffer when assets are not liquid enough to meet redemption requests.

  33. Among the reasons that value firms sell at a discount to their intrinsic worth is that they tend to be more sensitive to shocks in gross domestic product compared with their growth counterparts. That may occur because of leverage, deployments of capital, risk-taking or something else that constrains value firms' abiliity to adapt to macroeconomic stresses.

  34. During our consultations on whether to add China A-shares to MSCI’s Emerging Markets Index, some institutional investors asked what full inclusion might mean for the index and the asset class. Given China’s already-significant weight in the index, would the addition of shares of local Chinese companies, even if years away, reduce diversification of the index and render the asset class irrelevant?

  35. 低ボラティリティ・ファクターの相対的バリュエーションの上昇、そして同時に起きているバリュー・ファクターの低下により、機関投資家は自らのエクスポージャーをシステマティックな戦略にタイミングを取って変更することに意味があるかどうか悩んでいる。要するに、投資家がバリューに資金を振り向けけたい思うほど、バリューは(市場対比で)割安になっているのか?そして、相対的に割高な低ボラティリティから、投資家は資金を引き上げるべきか?ということである。

  36. Slow growth and a shortage of safe assets have led major central banks to maintain monetary policies that include short-term interest rates near or below zero. The policies, which aim to encourage businesses and consumers to borrow and spend, have lowered bond yields, distorted yield curves, shifted the composition of central banks’ balance sheets toward riskier assets and sent savers in search of yield. The persistence of low growth and a lack of inflation also have led investors to wonder whether such policies still pack any punch.

  37. Institutional investors have several paths to reduce exposure to carbon risk in their portfolios — the risk of being exposed to assets that may lose their value prematurely because of efforts to limit climate change.

  38. Hedge funds and other investors who manage portfolios that rebalance frequently face a challenge when it comes to the use of factors for trading, hedging and risk monitoring: Which factors tend to break down over time?

  39. With the U.S. Federal Reserve expected to raise interest rates before the end of the year, institutional investors are focused on how an increase may impact their portfolios, including how different equity style and industry factors perform in different interest-rate regimes.

  40. With average purchases of €7.8 billion ($8.7 billion) per month, the European Central Bank’s corporate bond buying program (CSPP) has become a major driver in the market. But will the program deliver on a core goal of funneling new lending to the private sector? If not, ECB support for the program could weaken and the program could be scaled back or terminated.

  41. Apart from a recent swoon spurred by fears that the U.S. Federal Reserve could raise rates, it has been a summer of love for investment in emerging markets.

  42. For institutional investors, float-adjusted market capitalization weighted indexes remain the tools of choice to implement their passive allocations. Such indexes are used widely as policy and performance benchmarks and as the basis for ETFs and other passive vehicles. Is this use justified or even appropriate? Do benchmark indexes suffer from shortcomings that undermine their suitability in implementing investment strategies?

  43. The latest salvo in a long-running war of words between active and passive managers came recently from AllianceBernstein in a paper titled “The Silent Road to Serfdom: Why Passive Investing Is Worse Than Marxism.” The paper, which argues that passive investing misallocates capital, reminds me of a round of arguments a few years back between David Smith of the U.K.-based advisory firm, Hargreaves Lansdown, and Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard, in which each argued that active or passive managers are parasites.

  44. Stress testing has experienced a resurgence of interest in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The lessons from that period, perhaps more than any previous one, taught the risk industry that expert judgment and economic insight may help investors anticipate and avoid exposure to major financial downturns by using forward-looking models.

  45. A rise in relative valuation of the low volatility factor and a concurrent fall-off in the value factor have led some institutional investors to wonder anew whether it makes sense to time their exposures to systematic strategies. In short, has value become so cheap (relative to the market) that investors may want to pivot toward it? And does a relatively rich valuation for minimum volatility tell investors it’s time to back off?

  46. In recent years, many institutional investors have committed to measure and lower exposure to carbon emissions in their portfolios. But that presents a challenge: how to estimate such exposure, given the lack of disclosure by most companies about their carbon emissions?

  47. The global market for professionally managed real estate investments grew marginally last year, reaching $7.1 trillion in 2015, up 2.8% from a year earlier, according to the latest annual survey by MSCI of the largest markets for real estate investment in 32 countries.

  48. Has CEO pay reflected long-term stock performance? In a word, “no.”.
    Companies that awarded their Chief Executive Officer (CEOs) higher equity incentives had below-median returns based on a sample of 429 large-cap U.S. companies from 2005 to 2015.

  49. Investors with global portfolios need to know where the companies they invest in are domiciled. It is equally important, however, for them to know where those companies earn their revenue. Data from MSCI shows that the geographic distribution of companies’ revenues can have a significant impact on their stock prices.

  50. Investors who allocate to small-cap stocks can use either a benchmark weighted according to the market value of companies that constitute it or indexes that track the performance of factors such as size. But all small-cap indexes are not the same.

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