Posts Tagged ‘Harvard endowment’
Harvard University Endowment significantly increased its holding of Market Vector Russia, iShare Mexico and iPath India in third quarter of 2009.
Table: Top 10 holdings in Harvard University Endowment’s public portfolio
|Rank||Names||9/30/09 (x1000sh)||6/30/09 (x1000sh)||Change|
|1||iShares E. Mkt||10298||9712||+586|
|4||iShares S. Korea||4127||4349||-222|
|6||iShares S. Africa||1624||1595||+29|
|8||Mkt vector Russia||2596||882||+1714|
|10||Vanguard E. Mkt||1568||1758||-190|
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“They are the cancer of the institutional investment world.” – David Swensen, Yale endowment CIO
Would you consider forming a partnership with someone you don’t know, in which you would contribute the money and that someone would conduct a business that you don’t understand, and do the accounting as well?
Most business owners would respond with a resounding “No!” The reason is obvious: such an arrangement is the surest way to lose money.
Yet, many of these same business owners would jump at the opportunity when presented with an “exclusive” offer to invest in a hedge fund that promises to make money in good times and bad through a magic “black box” formula.