Endowment Index™ Gains 20.19% in 2019, Best Annual Performance Since 2009

By S Moore
In January 14, 2020

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Appleton, WI, January 10, 2020 — The Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) gained 20.19% (on a total return basis) for the year ended December 31, 2019. This compares to the Global 60-40 Portfolio (60% Stocks, 40% Bonds), which gained 19.11%. The Index ended 2019 at an all-time closing high of 1,377.82.

2019 started off strong with most asset prices rebounding from a dismal Q4 2018. The year ended with several major indexes at or near record highs. The trade war between the U.S. and China dominated headlines and investor interest throughout most of the year until the two sides reached a ‘phase 1’ deal in December. In response to both domestic and global economies showing signs of slowing, the Federal Reserve cut the Federal Funds rate three times throughout the year. In other economic news, the U.S. unemployment rate persisted at a 50-year low, inflation remained tame and the U.S. economic expansion continued into its 11th straight year, the longest in U.S. history.

Seventeen of the Index’s nineteen components posted gains during 2019, with twelve of the gainers increasing by more than 10%. The top performers included emerging market equity- China (+35.57%), private equity (+34.80%), U.S. equity (+30.80%) and domestic real estate (+28.91%). The two components that fell posted modest declines, commodity/diversified futures (-1.65%) and managed futures (-2.73%).

Asset Class 2019 Change (%)     Asset Class 2019 Change (%)
Emerging Market Equity – China 35.57% Emerging Mkt Fixed Inc. 15.57%
Private Equity/VC 34.80% Private Eq. Distressed Debt 13.22%
US Equity 30.80% Commodity – Oil & Gas 9.55%
Domestic Real Estate 28.91% Domestic Fixed Income 8.71%
Commodity – Timber 22.83% Hedge Funds 8.59%
Intl Developed Equity 22.67% Intl Developed Fixed Inc. 7.88%
Intl Real Estate 21.26% Liquidity- TBills 2.05%
Gold 18.54% Commodity/Div – Futures -1.65%
Emerging Markets 17.50% Managed Futures -2.73%
Commodity – Met/Mining 16.48%

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Definitions:  Global 60-40 Stock-Bond Portfolio is an index comprised of 60% MSCI All-Country World Index + 40% Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index.

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