We took a deep dive into how the top universities managed their endowments in our book The Ivy Portfolio. Hallmarks of the endowment style include a true global focus, a heavy weighting to equity like assets, and active management in asset classes where appropriate. Two of the biggest challenges this allocation faces are a deflationary deleveraging like we experienced in 2008 and 2009, and dealing with liquidity issues of a somewhat illiquid portfolio. We spent a few chapters talking about our ideas on how to manage these drawbacks by using risk management on a portfolio of publicly traded funds, as well as looking to some of the best stockpickers through their government filings.
Anyways, the Harvard and Yale annual reports are always a fun read. Yale breaks out their allocation by year, and I think you will find some interesting surprises in there.
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