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What’s the Endowment Model and Why Does it Matter To You?

February 11, 2019 -Throughout the history of the markets, large institutional investors have had a significant advantage over the little guy. This advantage has allowed some large investors to outperform by a substantial margin: “For the 20-year period ending June 30, Yale's endowment earned a…
Mike Kesslering
February 11, 2019
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What to Make of the Recent Market Volatility

February 5, 2019 - The S&P 500 was up 7.9% for the month of January, marking its best start to the year since 1987. Canada’s TSX was up 8.5% for the month, its best monthly performance since April 2009. These broad-based, euphoria-inducing investment returns stand in…
Julian
February 5, 2019
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Sentiment is Path-Dependent

January 28, 2019 - There was a popular, speculative asset that was down -74.3% in 2018 and the schadenfreude was off the charts. Over any reasonable timeframe to judge the merits of an investment (>5 years), this asset has provided investors with exceptional returns.  In fact,…
Julian
January 28, 2019
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The Myth of the Illiquidity Premium

January 22, 2019 - Private equity firms are known to charge some of the highest fees in the investment management business. Accounting for management fees and performance fees (also known as carry), the management expense ratio of the average private equity fund can be above 5%…
Julian
January 22, 2019
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Risk Management, Before it’s Too Late

January 15, 2019 - Risk management is an important aspect of investment portfolio construction. However, this much-needed protection against adversity is rarely implemented before it’s too late. Unfortunately, instead of a well-thought-out and implemented risk management plan, many investors are stuck panicking after a large…
Julian
January 15, 2019
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To Hedge, or Not To Hedge (Foreign Currency)

January 9, 2019 - The typical Canadian investor has an equity portfolio of 50% Canadian stocks, 33% US stocks and the remaining international stocks. For Canadians investing internationally, one factor to consider is whether to hedge the foreign currency exposure that comes with investing outside of…
Julian
January 9, 2019
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RIP to the 7-Year-Old (Not 9) Bull Market

December 31, 2018 - The S&P 500 hit a high of 2,940.91 on September 21, 2018, and a low of 2,346.58 on December 26, 2018, for a peak-to-trough decline of -20.2%, confirming an official bear market and the end of one of the greatest bull…
Julian
December 31, 2018
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Embracing The Suck

December 20, 2018 - “Embracing the suck” refers to consciously accepting or appreciating a future event that is extremely unpleasant and uncomfortable but ultimately unavoidable. The phrase is often used in the military to encourage troops to have a positive attitude and manage expectations regarding the…
Julian
December 20, 2018
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Accelerate Principles

December 18, 2018 - We founded Accelerate with the mission to democratize alternative investing. That is, to provide access to performance-oriented investment strategies (such as hedge funds and private equity) previously reserved for the wealthy in a transparent, easy to use, liquid and low-cost vehicle. Given…
Julian
December 18, 2018
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What Does Accelerate Do?

December 11, 2018 - What do you do? This is a good question to ask of any of company, and with our culture of radical transparency, we aim to have our clients understand how we operate and invest their capital. Let’s start with the basics.…
Julian
December 11, 2018

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