What Harvard Can Teach You About Investing (BND)

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August 10, 2012 11:38am NYSE:BND

The Ivy League consists of eight schools that are widely regarded as being some of the finest in the United States. Where the SEC is synonymous with football and the PAC-12 is known for the stereotypical “Left Coast” lifestyle, the Ivies are known for

both their rigorous athletics and inflated self-esteem.

Some of the reputation is bluster, but when it comes to their endowments, the Ivies are everything they’re cracked up to be. Five of the top 10 largest university endowments in the U.S. belong to Ivy League schools — Harvard topping the list at $32 billion, Yale in second at $19 billion, and Princeton third, with a fund of $17.5 billion as of October 2011.

Larry Swedroe, director of research for Buckingham Asset Management and author of Investment Mistakes Even Smart Investors Make, joined Breakout to walk us through the endowment investment process.

See the full “Breakout” interview below:


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