Global Asset Allocation: Whither the U.S. Dollar? Harvard Case Solution & Analysis

In April 2009, Rashonda Williams, responsible for global asset allocation at a large pension fund, had to determine whether the increase the allocation to foreign securities.

Were we on the brink of a massive repatriation of U.S. investors' foreign portfolios? Would foreign central banks start to diversify away from dollars? Was the dollar (and other important currencies) so undervalued the Group of Seven (G7) might contemplate organized money intervention? Williams's evaluation of these issues would be a substantial factor in her overall appraisal: Should she advocate to the board that it increase the allocation to foreign securities, or should it take this opportunity to repatriate profits and increase the weight on U.S. securities?

PUBLICATION DATE: June 15, 2009 PRODUCT #: UV2553-PDF-ENG

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