Investment Beliefs of Endowments
31 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2018
Date Written: January 2018
United States university and college endowments now hold close to one‐third of their portfolios in private equity and hedge funds. We estimate the implied beliefs of endowments on these alternative assets’ returns relative to equities and bonds. At the end of 2012, the typical endowment believes that its private equity investments will outperform a portfolio of conventional assets by 3.9% per year, and hedge funds will outperform by 0.7% per year. Taking into account the implied equity exposures in alternative asset positions, the effective equity holding of endowments is approximately 60%.
Keywords: alternative assets, asset allocation, hedge funds, portfolio choice, private equity
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