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Endowment Sweepstakes: How Tiny Houghton College Beat Harvard

Harvard’s Endowment Fund recently announced that it will lay-off 230 employees due to lagging performance. Harvard’s situation is not unique. The National Association of College and University Business Officers recently reported that many endowments under-performed for fiscal year 2016. One exception of note is Houghton College in Houghton, New York.  A recent article written by James Stewart for the New York Times outlines Houghton’s investment strategy and how it compares to other institutions.

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Harvard Endowment Fund Will Cut Half of its 230 Employees

With performance that trails its peers, Harvard plans to cut its endowment’s investment group by half.

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Yes, Short-Termism is a Real Problem

Writing for the Harvard Business Review, Roger Martin explores the concept of “short-termism.” In the article, he looks at what short-termism means, how it should be measured, why it is a problem for both corporations and investors and how it impacts business and the US economy.

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