ECON 252: Financial Markets

Lecture 09 - Guest Lecture by David Swensen. David Swensen, Yale's Chief Investment Officer and manager of the University's endowment, discusses the tactics and tools that Yale and other endowments use to create long-term, positive investment returns. He emphasizes the importance of asset allocation and diversification and the limited effects of market timing and security selection. Also, the extraordinary returns of hedge funds, one of the more recent phenomena of portfolio management, should be looked at closely, with an eye for survivorship and back-fill biases. (from

Lecture 09 - Guest Lecture by David Swensen

Time Lecture Chapters
[00:00:00] 1. Introduction: Changing Institutional Portfolio Management
[00:03:59] 2. Asset Allocation: The Power of Diversification
[00:16:44] 3. Balancing the Equity Bias into Sensible Diversification
[00:20:48] 4. The Emotional Pitfalls of Market Timing
[00:32:58] 5. Survivorship and Backfill Biases in Security Selection
[00:43:17] 6. Finding Value Investing Opportunities as an Active Manager
[00:49:02] 7. Yale's Portfolio and Results
[00:54:48] 8. Questions on New Investments, Remaining Bullish, and Time Horizons

Lecture 9 - Guest Lecture by David Swensen
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Lecture 01 - Finance and Insurance as Powerful Forces in Our Economy and Society
Lecture 02 - The Universal Principle of Risk Management: Pooling and the Hedging of Risks
Lecture 03 - Technology and Invention in Finance
Lecture 04 - Portfolio Diversification and Supporting Financial Institutions (CAPM Model)
Lecture 05 - Insurance: The Archetypal Risk Management Institution
Lecture 06 - Efficient Markets vs. Excess Volatility
Lecture 07 - Behavioral Finance: The Role of Psychology
Lecture 08 - Human Foibles, Fraud, Manipulation, and Regulation
Lecture 09 - Guest Lecture by David Swensen
Lecture 10 - Debt Markets: Term Structure
Lecture 11 - Stocks
Lecture 12 - Real Estate Finance and its Vulnerability to Crisis
Lecture 13 - Banking: Successes and Failures
Lecture 14 - Guest Lecture by Andrew Redleaf
Lecture 15 - Guest Lecture by Carl Icahn
Lecture 16 - The Evolution and Perfection of Monetary Policy
Lecture 17 - Investment Banking and Secondary Markets
Lecture 18 - Professional Money Managers and Their Influence
Lecture 19 - Brokerage, ECNs, etc.
Lecture 20 - Guest Lecture by Stephen Schwarzman
Lecture 21 - Forwards and Futures
Lecture 22 - Stock Index, Oil and Other Futures Markets
Lecture 23 - Options Markets
Lecture 24 - Making It Work for Real People: The Democratization of Finance
Lecture 25 - Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis I (Lawrence Summers)
Lecture 26 - Learning from and Responding to Financial Crisis II (Lawrence Summers)