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Do Endowment Funds Select The Optimal Mix Of Active And Passive Risks?

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Executive Summary

The investment decision confronting managers of multi-asset class portfolios can be characterized in terms of the passive (i.e., benchmark or policy) and active (i.e., market timing and security selection) strategies they adopt. In this paper, the author investigates whether managers select the appropriate combination of active and passive allocations in their portfolios. Noting that this issue is ultimately a risk management question, they adapt a simple framework for establishing what constitutes the optimal level of active and passive risk exposures.

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