Through our Access To Capital Initiative, NAA collaborates with institutional investors and elected officials to increase inclusion in the management of assets by engaging diverse managers, trustees, investment professionals and consultants.
NAA believes that increasing American Latino access and control of capital provides for a more equitable involvement of our community in directing capital and other resources to address the most pressing issues facing our nation, including business development, education and wealth creation.
In 2015, NAA announced the following milestones:
- NAA membership of diverse and emerging asset management firms have over $60 Billion aggregate assets under management.
- NAA diverse asset managers (with 25+% diverse ownership) represent almost $45 Billion of aggregate assets under management.
- NAA Latino asset managers in private equity represent over $10 Billion in aggregate assets under management, as compared to under $500 Million reported in the NAA White Paper in 2003.
- Ten NAA member firms managing over $1 Billion in assets each will be recognized during the Wall Street Summit. Together, these firms manage over $20 Billion in assets and range across asset classes, including private equity, real estate, hedge funds and public markets.
While this signals to significant progress in the participation of Latino and diverse firms in asset management, there is a lot of advancement to be made as we consider the US capital pool of over $40 Trillion.
Recommendations to Pension Institutions on Implementation and Management of an Emerging Diverse Managers Program:
Develop a strong emerging managers program plan with top management buy-in, clear objectives and well structured emerging manager definitions pertinent to each asset class
Engage diverse consultants, advisors, manager of managers and fund of funds with proven track records of relationships and success in investing with Latino and emerging firms, and monitor their performance in delivering on emerging managers mandates
Develop a cadre of diverse managers across asset classes with proven track records and /or newly-formed diverse teams that are applying prior success and experience
Issue direct capital allocations and build direct relationships with emerging managers as a way to get to know, observe performance and practices, and identify managers that merit consideration for continued and increased allocations
Provide adequate capital commitments to manager of managers and fund of funds vehicles that allow for larger allocations to renewed engagements, and address newly-formed firm opportunities
Produce performance report across asset classes detailing commitment to emerging managers by segment – Latino, African American, Asian, Women, and other Emerging Managers.
Recommendation to Elected Officials on Activation in Oversight
Establish a quarterly hearing schedule to monitor performance in engagement of emerging managers and increase transparency to the process
Monitor and measure the level of expertise and performance of the pension’s leadership, executives and consultants on the matter of engagement of diverse managers
Implement reports to measure the current state of utilization of Latino and minority firms, and establish benchmarks to measure future performance; these should detail past, current and future engagement of Latino and minority managers across asset classes, with amount of assets allocated and management fees paid
Making The Case for Increased Diversity in Asset Management
The rise of the Emerging Domestic Market is critical to the continued growth of the U.S. economy. As the population ages and as life expectancy increases, fewer workers will be available to support each retiree. By 2050, the majority of the retired population will be non-Hispanic white, with the human capital source increasingly comprised by ethnic minorities. As the U.S. Latino population continues to grow, now exceeding 54 million and 17 percent of the population, it is critical for all institutions to incorporate the Latino market as part of their plan for growth and success. It makes common business sense to tap into the Latino consumers’ disposable income of $1.3 trillion, which aggregated to African American and Asian buying power represents a market opportunity of close to $4 trillion.
Investors targeting this space can achieve attractive returns by taking advantage of capital inefficiencies in the market and the growing demand for businesses serving this space. Because these investments are made mostly in small and middle-market businesses, they provide risk diversification for investors mostly exposed to large buy-out funds, while providing access to rising managers who may develop into the fund management stars of the future.
As reported in the second report installment by NAA and Altura Capital, the 2010 American Latinos in Financial Services Report, just over 100 institutional asset and advisory firms with partial to full Latino ownership operate in the U.S., with 43 percent of those firms managing assets between $100 to 500 million. At the time, only 7 of the Latino firms had assets under management greater than $1 billion. In addition to the barrier of size, Latino and emerging firms tend to be young firms and this factor adds to the challenge in securing asset allocations that would allow for growth.
Two separate studies conducted on behalf of the Kauffman Foundation by Timothy Bates, professor at Wayne State University and William Bradford, endowed professor at the University of Washington, support the conclusion that minority investment firms yield significant returns. In the first study, released in 2003, Bates and Bradford concluded that minority enterprise venture capital investing is very profitable, with the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of the funds studied ranging from 32 percent to 79 percent, with a median of 19.5 percent and a mean of 23.9 percent. A second study by the same authors, released in September 2008, concluded that the internal rate of return on investments initiated after 2001 realized by year-end 2006 was 29.1 percent.
According to Northern Trust’s 2010 research titled No Contest: Emerging Managers Lap Investment Elephants, investment firms with less than $3.6 billion under management – the smallest firms that collectively manage 1 percent of all assets in the institutional market – outperformed the largest firms and all other groups studied, as well as the S&P 500 Index, over the five-year period ending June 30, 2010, demonstrating that smaller investment firms can provide stronger returns and better downside protection in volatile markets than large firms investing in the same asset class – large-cap U.S. equities.
In the 2009 report Is Age Just a Number: The Performance of Emerging Fixed-Income Managers, Lorenzo Newsome, Jr, CIO of Xavier Capital Management, and Pamela Turner, assistant professor of finance at Howard University School of Business, analyzed the returns of younger fixed income firms versus those with longer tenures and found that younger firms perform better than older firms with gross returns for both fixed-income core and high-yield managers resulting statistically significantly higher for firms in their first five years versus firms in their second five years.
PerTrac's sixth annual research study "Impact of Size and Age on Hedge Fund Performance: 1996 - 2011" examines the performance trends for hedge funds of different sizes and ages. Young funds outperformed older funds in 13 out of 15 years, produced better returns with less volatility since 1996, with annualized rate of return for young funds at 16.18 percent, vs. mid-age funds at 12.20 percent, and tenured funds at 10.92 percent. Small funds outperformed in all years except 2008 and 2009, produced better returns with more volatility, with annualized rate of return for small funds at 13.6 percent, vs. mid-size funds at 10.87 percent, and large funds at 10.0 percent.