Harvard Endowment Reports ‘Disappointing’ 8.1 Percent Return

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Harvard Endowment Reports ‘Disappointing’ 8.1 Percent Return

Describing the results as “disappointing,” Harvard University reported on Tuesday that its $37.1 billion endowment earned an 8.1 percent return for its most recent fiscal year.

The endowment’s new chief executive, N. P. Narvekar, said that the fund was in the middle of a major revamping and that problems in the endowment would “require time to overcome.”

That return significantly trails the mean one-year return of 12.7 percent for more than 400 institutions tracked by Cambridge Associates, which manages money for many nonprofit organizations. And while many of the nation’s largest endowments have yet to report returns, this month the Massachusetts Institute of Technology posted a 14.3 percent return for its $14.8 billion endowment. . .

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