Central Banks Should Broaden Range of Assets Held in 2020

In 2020 central banks ought to consider a more active reserve management strategy; one that incorporates modern innovations in asset management which bring intensified focus on returns. While counter intuitive perhaps to conservative central banking mindset, I recommend a gradual expansion of the range of credit and duration of instruments held. I also suggest hedges to key risks, including commodity risks as well as consideration towards agency paper and investment tranches of collateralize mortgage securities supported with more active currency positioning and securities lending. Their FX policies should be geared towards paying greater attention to boosting market confidence in the context of float/managed float.  Moving away from recognized benchmarks can achieve a better match of assets and liabilities. Internally created benchmarks can be effective in meeting safety and liquidity requirements, measuring performance and increasing accountability.

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Author: Sameer_Jain

Partner. Sameer Jain is founder of FinTech ActiveAllocator.com, the world’s first portal that seamlessly integrates traditional, illiquid and alternative investments within portfolios. Prior to this he was Chief Economist & Managing Director at AR Capital. Before that he headed Investment Content & Strategy at UBS Alternative Investments. At UBS, he served as a non-voting member of the Wealth Management Research investment committee, and as a capital allocator was responsible for all illiquid investing including fund manager selection and due diligence across the platform. Prior to UBS he headed product development & investment research at Citigroup Alternative Investments that managed over $75 billion of alternative investments across hedge funds, managed futures, private equity, credit structures, infrastructure and real estate. Here he led a team that developed proprietary models for portfolio strategy and asset allocation with alternative investments, provided investment support and research to pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments as well as internal clients including Citi Private Bank. Before this he was with Cambridge Alternative Investments and SunGard (System Access) where he travelled to over 80 countries for work across Europe, Asia, Middle-East and Africa. He has written over 30 academic and practitioner articles on alternative investments with thousands of downloads at SSRN, presented at over a hundred industry conferences and has coauthored a book, Active Equity Management. Mr. Jain has multiple degrees in engineering, management, public administration and policy and is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He is a recipient of the Alfred Sloan Fellowship and subsequently was a Fellow of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for a year. He holds Series 7 and 66 securities licenses.

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