Thursday, November 13, 2008

Skew and tails everywhere

More insight into the way that there was skew and long-tails throughout the industry.
Yale and Princeton universities have 70% of assets in alternatives, while Harvard University's allocation is 57%. These holdings have helped them generate strong returns over the past decade, but have been unable to offer diversification and liquidity.

Harvard, Yale and Princeton have declined to disclose their recent returns, but it is estimated that that each may be down 25% or more since June 30.

More scope for unwind and fire sale of assets.

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