Harvard Endowment: Underperformance or a Solid Return?

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  1. Anonymous says:

    This is interesting how two reputable sources can offer such different views. In the case of Harvard’s endowment, I believe that any increase, be it small or large, is beneficial. While it could take years for Harvard’s endowment to recover, any upward trend can provide hope that perhaps the recession is on it’s way out. While the Wall Street Journal may believe that the endowment is underperforming the market, the NY Times takes a more realistic view and appreciates the gain. Any gain is good gain, and after a 27% decline, a 11% increase can do a lot of good.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would have to agree with Emily on her statement that any gain is a good gain. The New York Times seems to be emphasizing the underperformance of the endowment in the market; however when considering the enormous amounts of money at hand, “underperformance” isn’t necessarily becomming a detrimental factor in Harvard’s finanical predicament.

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