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Second Quarter 2020 - Spare ChangeDownloadThe history of the term “Redskin” may be open to question and debate depending on the source, but it has evolved over time into an unquestionably racist slur against Native Americans. The only place where it has held onto a measure of acceptance is with the National Football League team from Washington, D.C. ...

First Quarter 2020 - The Portfolio Insurance Conundrum DownloadFor a price, you can insure just about anything. It’s a standard part of ownership for items like homes and autos, but even smaller ticket items can be protected against damage or loss. Mobile phones, airline tickets, dining-room tables… almost every transaction for goods and services is now accompanied by a point-of-purchase offer for additional coverage beyond a standard warranty. Things do...

Second Quarter 2020 - ReboundDownloadRecovering from their first-quarter selloff, equity markets bounced back and ended the quarter with the S&P 500, MSCI EAFE, and MSCI EM indices posting gains of 20.5%, 14.9%, and 18.1%, respectively. A potent combination of record-breaking fiscal and monetary stimulus, re-openings, relatively positive data points on economic activity, and progress on COVID-19 treatments contributed to positive investor sentiment and fueled the markets’ ascent. ...

First Quarter 2020 - A Great PauseDownloadIn the first quarter, global equity markets declined dramatically from their mid-February peaks, bringing about an extraordinary end to the ten-year-plus bull market that started at the end of the Global Financial Crisis. The S&P 500, MSCI EAFE, and MSCI Emerging indices posted double-digit declines of 19.6%, 22.8%, and 23.6%, respectively, as investors reacted to the coronavirus pandemic. March was an extremely volatile month...

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...