Columbia University produced a return of -0.9 percent on its endowment portfolio for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016. This reflects the normal one-quarter lag in private equity and real asset valuations.
The total value of the Columbia’s endowment as of June 30 was $9 billion. The University’s trailing 5- and 10-year returns are 7.4 percent and 8.1 percent, respectively. For long-term returns, Columbia remains a leader in its peer group.
“This was a year when most leading endowments had negative or only very modest returns,” said University President Lee C. Bollinger. “For us the key point is that over the past dozen years, our steady investment performance has helped Columbia compete academically with other great universities that have far larger endowments, and ensure that the university has been well positioned to withstand economic downturns over this turbulent period.”