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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
2 iShares Brazil 3355 3294 +61
3 iShares China 4962 4178 784
4 iShares S. Korea 4127 4349 -222
5 iPath India 1882 1388 +494
6 iShares S. Africa 1624 1595 +29
7 iShares Taiwan 7297 6836 +461
8 Mkt vector Russia 2596 882 +1714
9 iShares Mexico 1639 570 +1069
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.

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