Seventy-Five Years of Investing for Future Generations
Financial Analysts Journal, 2020, 76(4): 5–21
35 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2020 Last revised: 11 Nov 2020
Date Written: September 16, 2020
University endowments invest for future generations, so their strategy should reflect their long horizon. We researched whether they really do behave like long-term investors. We examined the behavior of US endowments since 1945 and drew comparisons with earlier periods. Using a long-run data set on 12 major universities, we examined their preferences for risky assets and documented their big strategic moves into equities and, later, into alternatives. We then analysed how they invest at the time of crises and the extent to which they exploit their long-horizon advantage. We found that, on average, endowments invested counter-cyclically at crisis times, particularly by increasing their allocations to risky assets after a crisis.
Keywords: Endowments and Foundations, Long Horizon Investing, Herding, Counter-Cyclical Investing, Asset Allocation
JEL Classification: G11, L3, G01, N22
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