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NACUBO Commonfund Study of Endowments

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Research and Publications

PNC's team of investment strategists examine and provide key insights on financial market challenges and opportunities that affect institutional investors.
Quarterly Investment Strategy
    Is 80/20 the New 60/40?
    Third Quarter 2017
    In this issue of Institutional Strategy Quarterly, we explore the details behind our own long-term return assumptions and risk management process while also focusing on ways in which investors can think about the relationships among risk, return, and portfolio construction in this lower-return environment.

    The Incredible Shrinking Earth: Have We Reached Peak Globalization?
    Second Quarter 2017
    In this quarter’s Investment Strategy Quarterly, we take a look into the history and impact of globalization and analyze current global trends, as well as review some of key 2017 calls from last quarter’s report.

    Great Expectations
    First Quarter 2017
    With a predominantly Republican Congress and a political-establishment outsider set to take control of the White House in 2017, the potential paradigm shift is much bigger than we anticipated. Thus far the results of the 2016 election have unleashed widespread economic and financial market optimism.

    Post-Monetarism and the New World Order
    Fourth Quarter 2016
    In this issue of Investment Strategy Quarterly, we approach the monetary policy discussion from a different angle — the Post-Monetarism theory — and present a more nuanced view of some inherent challenges in the current policy environment, including interaction between U.S. bank capital regulations and the Fed’s current monetary policy stance.

    Navigating Turbulent Waters – The Quest for Yield
    Third Quarter 2016
    The third-quarter issue of Investment Strategy Quarterly focuses on analyzing several higher-yielding asset classes to determine whether they offer an attractive opportunity for investors to increase their current income and augment future total returns.

    The Ebbing Global Tide – Waves of Uncertainty
    Second Quarter 2016
    This issue of Investment Strategy Quarterly covers a number of key market drivers and reviews the themes we believe are likely to continue to move markets. We also discuss what economic and market developments would be most encouraging to see as we move through the next few quarters.

    Year of the Monkey
    First Quarter 2016
    In this issue of Investment Strategy Quarterly, we present our outlook for the economy and several key asset classes, as well as discuss implications of the U.S. presidential election. This issue of Investment Strategy Quarterly includes a brief executive summary, as well as the full paper.

    Multifamily REITs: Stronger for Longer
    Fourth Quarter 2015
    This issue of Investment Strategy Quarterly takes a deep dive into real estate, focusing on the multifamily industry, and reviews how we believe the asset class is likely to behave. Real estate may get a bit less attention than the broader equity markets, but it is certainly no less affected both by secular drivers and the significant changes occurring in the current market environment.

    Near-Term Caution and Long-Term Opportunity: An Emerging Markets Story
    Third Quarter 2015
    In investing, and in life in general, balancing both the short term and the long term can be a critical element of success. Identifying these trends in isolation is often a simpler task, especially compared with the art of implementing contradictory strategies necessary to navigate each distinct time period.

    Mr. Draghi’s Europe
    Second Quarter 2015
    Often, it may seem that only negative events surprise the markets. Every so often, however, a positive market event is the driver, such as the recent drop in oil prices, which have fallen quite significantly since the summer of 2014. With prices continuing to test new lows, we believe many investors are likely beginning to question the broader-reaching implications.

    The Big Picture
    First Quarter 2015
    First-quarter 2015 saw a meaningful increase in volatility across asset classes, as numerous global forces continued to evolve. Everything from stocks and bonds to currencies and energy struggled to find direction amid a global economy that is still dealing with myriad uncertainties.