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The Yale Endowment is one of the most successful institutional investors in the world, averaging an 8.1% annual return over the last decade;

That's rather amusing. I've done better than that, and I don't think my returns have been very good.

I'm not sure what decade is being referred to. The quoted article appeared in 2017, and if the decade in question is the one from Jan 2006 to Dec 2016, that's a market-bearing return, but not a crushing one.

13.2% over 25 years is pretty impressive, though; especially considering the conservative mandate of endowment managers. I suppose part of the fall-off in recent years (to something approximating a market return) may be owed to the fact that the endowment has grown so large.

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