Fiduciary Publication Explores Whether “Manager Beauty Contest” Is Responsible Approach for Manager Selection

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help the institutional investment community stay well-informed on investment and governance topics that impact their roles as institutional investors and fiduciaries, Strategic Investment Group announces the release of “Beyond Manager Beauty Contests.”

As part of its ongoing efforts to help the institutional investment community stay well-informed on investment and governance topics that impact their roles as institutional investors and fiduciaries, Strategic Investment Group announces the release of “Beyond Manager Beauty Contests.” This is the latest edition of Fiduciary Insights, a series of periodic publications dedicated to supporting those who share fiduciary responsibility. “We recognize the importance of the fiduciary in guiding the overall success of an investment program,” says Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg, Founder, President and CEO of Strategic Investment Group, who previously led the pension investment team of the World Bank.

“Beyond Manager Beauty Contests,” explores the traditional final step in the manager selection process. This compulsory round of interviews is disliked by many managers because of its superficiality. Strategic believes that this method of selection also short-changes sponsors because it misdirects fiduciary oversight, relieves consultants of accountability, and is symptomatic of incomplete and ineffective delegation of fiduciary responsibility. “Beyond Manager Beauty Contests,” contends that there is a better alternative. The publication can be obtained, free of charge, by contacting Strategic Investment Group at http://www.strategicgroup.com/fiduciary_insights.htm.

About Strategic Investment Group

Strategic was founded in 1987 as a provider of discretionary integrated portfolio solutions, combining active portfolio management, rigorous risk management and open architecture manager selection. Strategic can orchestrate the management of an entire portfolio comprising multiple asset classes, focus on a specialized segment of a portfolio, such as alternatives (hedge funds, real estate and/or private equity) or international investments, or create customized strategies such as portable alpha. As of September 30, 2005, Strategic manages approximately $10 billion in assets.

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