Category Archives: Investment News

Watch Arnerich Massena’s Fourth Quarter, Year-End 2018 MarketCast

Arnerich Massena’s fourth quarter and year-end 2018 MarketCast is available for viewing. In this MarketCast, Co-CIO Bryan P. Shipley, CFA, CAIA, introduces senior research analyst Arthur Coyne, CFA, who provides context and commentary on market activity over the year and the fourth quarter, and investment advisor Kate Deines, discussing what this means for client portfolios. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Becomes an Intentional Endowments Network Member

We are pleased to announce that Arnerich Massena has joined the Intentional Endowments Network (IEN), which supports colleges and universities, and other mission-driven tax-exempt organizations, in aligning their endowment investment practices with their mission, values, and sustainability goals, without sacrificing financial return. Now a member of the IEN, Arnerich Massena will provide thought leadership and act as a resource for higher education institutions seeking to incorporate impact strategies such as sustainable and ESG (environmental, social, governance) investing into their endowment portfolios. Read more »

College endowments are performing poorly; why and what can they do about it?

A new study from Georgetown University and NYU’s Stern School of Business looks at major endowments’ portfolios between 2009 and 2016, and the news is not good. Using publicly available IRS filings, the study found that the median annual returns were 5.53 percentage points below a classic 60/40 mix of equity/Treasury bond investments. Coming in at only 3.75%, the median return was even 1.14% below the 10-year Treasury bond return. Read more »

Monopoly Power is Concentrating Public Markets

Four firms control 98% of the cell phone market, four companies have cornered 92% of the peanut butter market, four airlines hold 73% of their industry market share, and three firms make up 89% of the social networking industry.1 There’s similar concentration across a wide variety of industries, from pet food to pharmacies to beer. What does it mean when industries become this concentrated, dominated by a few giants? Read more »

Technology and Transformation: Investment trends to watch for in 2019 – the Podcast

Listen to co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA and investment advisor Kate Deines as they dive deeper into the discussion about Arnerich Massena’s 2019 investment trends to watch for. In this podcast, they’ll discuss the accelerated changes in technology that will color the investment landscape of 2019, as well as some of the transformational trends, like Opportunity Zones and impact investing, that will play an equally important role next year. Read more »

Technology and Transformation: Investment Trends to Watch For in 2019

In 2018, amid denuclearization talks with North Korea and a trade war with China, mid-term elections, spreading cannabis legalization, U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement and the United Nations Human Rights Council, and historic wildfires in California, we saw the first company reach the trillion-dollar valuation mark — that was Apple in August, soon followed by Amazon. The market seemed unstoppable for most of 2018, in spite of volatile world events and a creeping divisiveness at home. We saw the continued rise of the FAANG stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google), as they each grew larger than many countries’ entire stock markets, only to see an ensuing fall as investors began to question the ability to maintain their lofty growth trajectories (and avoid regulation). Read more »

Arnerich Massena’s Impact Investing Program Featured in Oregon Business Magazine’s “Bringing the Future to Investors”

“With its third white paper on the topic and award-winning research, Arnerich Massena is redefining ‘impact investing,’ offering investors the opportunity to make a positive global impact with the potential to achieve a market or above-market-rate return.” So begins reporter Harris Newman’s article, “Bringing the Future to Investors,” focused on the story of Arnerich Massena’s impact investing journey. Read more »

An Anxious October: A note from Arnerich Massena co-CIO Bryan Shipley, CFA, CAIA

October saw stock markets across the globe suffer one of the sharpest monthly declines since the global financial crisis in 2008. With the exception of stable, dividend-oriented sectors like REITs and Utilities, nearly the entire market experienced lower stock prices during the month. High growth stocks experienced the most acute pain, with price drops striking market darlings such as Amazon, Netflix, and Google, but even longstanding industrial stocks suffered double-digit losses in some instances. Read more »