BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Aside from large losses at the height of the recession, university endowments have enjoyed long-standing prosperity and superior returns. Can the average investor take cues from the inner workings of these financial powerhouses?For years, the answer has been a resounding "no." Mohamed El-Erian, the one-time head of Harvard University's endowment, once quipped that it would be "like advising my son or daughter to drop out of school and play basketball with the goal of becoming the next Michael Jordan."
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