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Penn endowment fund increases to $10.7 billion

Penn95Penn95 2283 replies79 threads Senior Member
edited September 2016 in University of Pennsylvania
The endowment had an investment loss of 1.4% but it grew 6% to a record $10.7 billion because of an increase of gifts and donations to the school.

edited September 2016
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  • f2000saf2000sa 1090 replies59 threads Senior Member
    Good news. Just can not believe the 1.4% loss in today's market. Do they seek advice from Wharton?
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  • PennCAS2014PennCAS2014 378 replies8 threads Member
    Actually we're lucky it wasn't a larger drop. This was not a good year for universities with the biggest endowments. Things could have been far worse:

    So far it appears that among Penn's peers only Yale and MIT saw marginally positive returns this year. So the fact that Penn's 1.4% decrease wasn't larger speaks to the quality of those managing the endowment. That being said, there is always room for improvement
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  • Penn95Penn95 2283 replies79 threads Senior Member
    Yup this was not a good year at all. Apart from Yale, Princeton and MIT all other top schools had investment losses and I think other than Penn, all top schools reported endowment value decreases. Penn was able to have an increase because the investment loss was not huge and could be more than offset by the increased donations and the addition of some investments held by the Lancaster Health System which was acquired by Penn.
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