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Fourth Quarter 2019 - Man Versus MachineDownloadNo investment manager has ever quite embodied the essence of its name more than Renaissance. The firm was founded in 19781 by James Simons, an extraordinary intellect and former math professor at Stony Brook University, a New York state school located in eastern Long Island. Simons was a code-breaker for the government during the Cold War, and soon after established himself as...

Fourth Quarter 2019 - Riding the WaveDownloadEquity markets continued to rally in the fourth quarter and ended the year on a high note with the S&P 500, the MSCI EAFE, and the MSCI Emerging indices posting double-digit gains of 31.5%, 22%, and 18.4%, respectively, for the year. Equity markets overcame a laundry list of concerns, including global trade wars, Brexit, collapsing industrial production, an inverted yield curve in the...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENew York, NY, January 9, 2020 — Andrew Siwo, Investment Director and Head of Mission-Related Investments, has resigned from Colonial Consulting to assume a new role.Colonial would like to express our appreciation for Andrew’s outstanding service. Since August 2017, Andrew has successfully led our mission-related investments and due-diligence efforts to support the investment team and Chief Investment Officer in order to further develop Colonial’s MRI investment initiatives.  He composed various white papers while...

While the calendar has now turned to fall, it never hurts to be reminded of the joys of summer. June 21st is technically the first day of the season, but for many people, July 1st marks its unofficial kickoff. The thermometer is rising, the kids are out of school, Independence Day is right around the corner, and ice cream has assumed its spot as a primary food group. But for...

Repeating the same pattern experienced in the last few quarters, concerns about Brexit, political uncertainty, trade disputes between the US and China, and slowing global growth continued to have an impact on investor sentiment. While developments on these topics, especially tariffs, dominated the headlines, they remained unresolved throughout the quarter.Third Quarter 2019 - Holding PatternDownload ...

Last year the great screenwriter William Goldman passed away at the age of 87. Goldman was a prodigious talent, the award-winning scribe behind classic films like All the President’s Men, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Marathon Man, and The Princess Bride, the latter two based on his own novels. He is also famous for his 1982 book about the inner workings of the film business, Adventures in the Screen...

Concerns about global growth and tariffs were present throughout the quarter; however, the overall tone for the period was set by a series of statements from central bankers around the world pledging their willingness to implement stimulative measures if economic conditions in their regions deteriorate. After a volatile May and June, equity markets ended the period with positive results; domestic equity markets posted the strongest performance, with the S&P 500...

"Impact investments offer a range of returns, from risk-adjusted, market-rate returns to concessionary returns. Not all investors aim for their impact investments to achieve top or market-rate returns. Similarly, market-rate solutions are not feasible across all impact investment opportunities."...

The early autumn of 2018 was an interesting and exciting time for a certain progressive utility company, which had some very forward-looking initiatives as part of a strategy to evolve in the wake of climate change, the most pressing environmental issue of our time. While conservation had not traditionally been a part of its business, and the safety of some of its old-line equipment had been called into question in...

After selling off late last year, equity markets bounced back and ended the quarter with the S&P 500, MSCI EAFE, and MSCI EM indices posting gains of 13.6%, 10%, and 9.9%, respectively. Concerns over the US-China trade dispute eased and accommodative policies from global central banks proved a potent combination, helping investors to overcome their worries about global growth....