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Harvard’s Student Paper Is Outraged—Outraged!—by the School’s Paltry Endowment Returns

This past year, Harvard University's endowment lost a bit of money, shrinking by almost $2 billion to a mere $35.7 billion. And let me tell you, the editorialists at the school newspaper are absolutely furious. They even wrote a whole article about it. Here's how it begins. This is unacceptable, the editor typed, huffily adjusting his top hat and monocle. Given that Harvard is still the wealthiest institution of higher learning in the country, with an endowment somewhere around 40 percent larger than second place Yale's, I don't think a year or even several years of bad returns really qualifies as an existential threat.
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