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Endowments Now Just Passive Stock Market Investors?

November 18, 2021 • Posted in Investing Expertise

Does actual performance support the view that university endowments are exemplary stewards of multi-asset class portfolios? In his November 2021 paper entitled “The Modern Endowment Story: A Ubiquitous U.S. Equity Risk Premium”, Richard Ennis re-examines aggregate allocations and performance of U.S. educational endowments. Specifically, he:

  • Estimates effective aggregate endowment asset class allocations over different recent sample periods via multiple regressions of endowment returns versus returns of three indexes: Bloomberg Aggregate U.S. bonds; Russell 3000 stocks; and, currency-hedged MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. stocks.
  • Applies these effective allocations to construct benchmark portfolios of these three indexes for the different sample periods.

Using investment data for over 100 U.S. educational endowments with assets over $1 billion during the 13 years ending June 2021, he finds that: (more…)

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