Guest Lecture by David Swensen: Investment Management (Yale lecture)

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Financial Markets (ECON 252)

David Swensen, Yale's Chief Investment Officer and manager of the University's endowment, discusses the tactics and tools that Yale and other endowments use to create long-term, positive investment returns. He emphasizes the importance of asset allocation and diversification and the limited effects of market timing and security selection. Also, the extraordinary returns of hedge funds, one of the more recent phenomena of portfolio management, should be looked at closely, with an eye for survivorship and back-fill biases.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Changing Institutional Portfolio Management
03:59 - Chapter 2. Asset Allocation: The Power of Diversification
16:44 - Chapter 3. Balancing the Equity Bias into Sensible Diversification
20:48 - Chapter 4. The Emotional Pitfalls of Market Timing
32:58 - Chapter 5. Survivorship and Backfill Biases in Security Selection
43:17 - Chapter 6. Finding Value Investing Opportunities as an Active Manager
49:02 - Chapter 7. Yale's Portfolio and Results
54:48 - Chapter 8. Questions on New Investments, Remaining Bullish, and Time Horizons

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website:

This course was recorded in Spring 2008.