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Risk management and asset allocation expert joins Cambridge Associates’ outsourcing unit

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Robert B Rodgers has joined investment adviser Cambridge Associates to support the firm’s outsourcing business, which offers discretionary portfolio management to institutional investors across the globe.

 
Rodgers, a veteran in institutional investing with expertise in business development, strategic planning and asset management, will be part of the leadership team of C|A Capital Management, the business unit responsible for discretionary outsourcing. Over the past two years, the Cambridge outsourcing business has nearly tripled and now serves foundations, university endowments, corporate pensions, and other institutional investors. C|A Capital Management currently oversees more than USD6.2bn in discretionary assets.
 
Rodgers has 20 years of experience in international finance and investment management, first as a vice president on the foreign exchange trading desk at Goldman Sachs; then a managing principal of Oechsle Alternative Investments, a division of Oechsle International Advisors, and ultimately a managing principal of Seacross Global Advisors. Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Rodgers was a mid-career graduate student at the Harvard Divinity School and a Faculty Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He also served as a trustee on the Investment Committee of Partners Healthcare System.
 
"I believe Cambridge Associates’ approach to outsourcing is distinctive and compelling," Rodgers says. "While the industry term is ‘outsourced CIO’, what Cambridge Associates offers is in fact an entire investment office solution, not just an individual CIO or product. Each client is assigned a dedicated investment team of professionals – typically, a CIO, a director of portfolio strategy, a risk manager, directors of alternative assets, analysts and operations associates. And this team is in turn supported by a foundation of more than 200 professionals focused on manager and capital markets research. I know of few institutions, even the largest and most sophisticated investors, that can access this scale of resources on their own."
 
"We continue to experience an uptick in interest in our discretionary outsourcing approach from institutions. They are responding to increased scrutiny of investment performance and recognise that complex portfolios require a new level of oversight," says Cambridge Associates managing director Margaret Chen, co-head of C|A Capital Management. "Many wish to focus on other strategic issues by entrusting day-to-day portfolio management to us."

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