EC Ivy League Endowments Get Failing Grades

One final reason not to emulate the endowments is that they have infinite time horizons, literally infinite versus individuals and so their long term planning is different than for individuals.

 

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William K. 10 months ago Member's comment

You need to recognize that a fair proportion of endowment investments are made in consideration of the donations given. An individual makes a big donation and a bunch gets invested in their organization. This handy arrangement was recently taken to task by the press here in Michigan, as some of the organizations failed after the endowment fund invested in them, and the impending failure was obvious, according to the news group investigating the deals. So that is why a lot of sub-optimal investments may be happening in the iveys as well. Just a bit too cozy.