Endowment Index™ Q3 Performance Update

By S Moore
In October 10, 2019

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Appleton, WI, October 10, 2019 — The Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) declined 0.17% (on a total return basis) for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. This compares to the Global 60-40 Portfolio (60% Stocks, 40% Bonds), which gained 0.33% for the same period. Year-to-date, the Index has increased 12.64%, which compares to the Global 60-40 Portfolio, which has gained 12.56% thus far in 2019.

The modest decline posted by the Endowment Index for the third quarter belied the price and news volatility that investors experienced during Q3.  Fears of a global economic slowdown, continuing U.S.-China trade war rhetoric, a 50-year low in U.S. unemployment, an inverted yield curve (U.S.), continued negative interest rates in many developed countries and other headlines created a fluid news environment for markets to digest.

Eleven of the Index’s nineteen components posted gains during Q3, however most of the gains were modest with five of the eleven gainers increasing by less than 1.00%. The top gainers included domestic real estate (+7.40%), gold (+5.35%) and international developed fixed income (+3.00%). Of the eight components which declined during Q3, commodities–metals & mining (-11.90%), commodities–oil & gas (-8.60%) and emerging markets–equities (-4.28%) experienced the sharpest declines.

Asset Class Q3 2019 Change (%)     Asset Class Q3 2019 Change (%)
Domestic Real Estate 7.40 Intl. Real Estate 0.15
Gold 5.35 Hedge Funds -0.01
Intl Developed Fixed Inc 3.00 Intl Developed Equity -0.94
Domestic Fixed Inc 2.41 Commodity/Div-Futures -3.10
Emerging Mkt Fixed Inc 1.43 Em. Market Equity – China -3.31
US Equity 1.10 Commodity – Timber -3.97
Private Equity/VC 0.72 Emerging Markets -4.28
Managed Futures 0.69 Commodity – Oil & Gas -8.60
Liquidity-TBills 0.50 Commodity – Met/Mining -11.90
Private Eq-Distressed Debt 0.19    


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