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Donald Fehrs Discusses Concept of an Endowment and How It Is Managed

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  • Date Added : 2/9/2005
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Donald Fehrs

  • Chief Investment Officer, Cornell University
  • male
  • Caucasian
  • 1955 (Age: 62 years old)
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Donald Fehrs is currently serving as the Chief Investment Officer at Cornell University. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the management of the University's $3.3 Billion endowment.

Prior to his position at Cornell, Fehrs worked at Prudential Insurance in internal auditing and the treasury department. After completing an MBA and PhD, Fehrs taught finance at the University of Notre Dame. He eventually made the switch from working on faculty to working in the Office of Investments. He came to Cornell University in 1998.

Fehrs received an undergraduate degree in economics from Cornell University. He also hold an MBA and a PhD in Finance from Florida State University.

Well the endowment represents a permitted source of financing for the university. It is meant to be a pool of capital which can generate earnings that can be spent. And it is meant to be there forever. We refer to the spending process as one of intergenerational equity. We want to spend enough f...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Academic and Professional Background
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Video 2 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Concept of an Endowment and How It Is Managed
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Video 3 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Private Equity Area As Investment Opportunity For the Endowment
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Video 4 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Investment in Commodities and Overall Desire To Get Equity-Like Returns
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Video 5 of 22 Donald Fehrs States Endowment Is Not Completely Insulated From Tax Implications
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Video 6 of 22 Donald Fehrs States Challenge of Finding Best Managers Within Each Asset Class
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Video 7 of 22 Donald Fehrs States Setting Asset Allocation of Endowment Is Most Critical Decision
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Video 8 of 22 Donald Fehrs Shares Thoughts On Long-Term Investment Horizons
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Video 9 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Difference Between Managing Institutional Portfolio Versus Personal Portfolio
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Video 10 of 22 Donald Fehrs Shares Definition of Hedge Fund
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Video 11 of 22 Donald Fehrs Shares Example of Investing Mistake By Not Understanding Investment Manager Incentives
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Video 12 of 22 Donald Fehrs Shares Thoughts on The Technology Investment Bubble
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Video 13 of 22 Donald Fehrs States Individual Investors With Venture Capital Connections Are Wealthy Or Have Strong Networks
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Video 14 of 22 Donald Fehrs Shares Examples Of Attempts To Provide Broader Access To Venture Capital Investing
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Video 15 of 22 Donald Fehrs States Importance of Diversification To Minimize Risk
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Video 16 of 22 Donald Fehrs Shares Thoughts on Market Efficiency and Returns
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Video 17 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Impact of Derivatives on Managing Portfolios
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Video 18 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Choice Between Small and Large Cap Stocks
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Video 19 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Background of People Who Become Investment Analysts
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Video 20 of 22 Donald Fehrs States Importance of Having Understanding of Data and Financial Terminology
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Video 21 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses How Financial Data Are Analyzed
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Video 22 of 22 Donald Fehrs Discusses Decision For Endowment Analysts To Remain on Campus and Connected To the University
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