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Yale Keeps Yale Endowment Model

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Yale’s massive US$ 23.9 billion endowment gained US$ 4 billion in investment returns during its fiscal year 2014 – essentially a 20.2% return. The big threat facing U.S. endowments is sustainable funding and Yale’s endowment for 2014 subsidized nearly 33% of the university’s income. The world of asset allocation models and theories are rife with contentious debates. Yale’s endowment model has accumulated both admirers and haters. Pioneered and led by Yale’s Chief Investment Officer David Swensen, the endowment is heavily allocated to nontraditional assets. These unlisted assets include venture capital, leveraged buyouts, natural resources and institutional real estate.

Asset Allocation – June 30, 2014

Asset Class Weight
Absolute Return 17.4%
Domestic Equity 3.9%
Fixed Income 4.9%
Foreign Equity 11.5%
Natural Resources 8.2%
Private Equity 33.0%
Real Estate 17.6%
Cash 3.5%

 

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Andrew Claerhout Leaves OTPP

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Andrew J. Claerhout exited the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP). He was Senior Managing Director of Infrastructure and Natural Resources. His responsibilities included overseeing a swath of infrastructure acquisitions and asset management globally, along with investments in oil and gas, agriculture (avocados for example), timberlands and other resource sectors. Clearehout joined OTPP back in 2005.

Taking his spot in the interim is Dale Burgess, Managing Director, Latin America, at OTPP.

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PwC Sells US Public Sector Practice to Veritas Capital

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PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) inked a deal to sell its U.S. public sector business unit to Veritas Capital Fund Management, L.L.C., a private equity firm. Post-deal, the business unit will be renamed and run as a separate company. PwC’s public sector business services U.S. federal government clients such as the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services and the State Department. The business unit also services local and state U.S. governments.

For the moment, Veritas Capital seeks to keep the current management in place.

Advisors

PwC was advised by Morgan Stanley. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised PwC. Veritas Capital was advised by law firm Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Veritas Capital’s Activities

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HNA Sells 1.2% Stake in Hedged Investment in Deutsche Bank

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Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co. sold off roughly a 1.2% stake in Deutsche Bank AG for around €300 million (US$ 374 million), reducing ownership down to 8.8%. HNA Group held the bank shareholding through Vienna-based asset manager C-Quadrat Investments AG, in which, HNA is a majority owner in. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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