12 Jul Endowment Index™ Gained 2.34% in Q2 2019, Up 12.84% YTD
APPLETON, Wis., July 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The principal economic news of the second quarter was indications of a slowing global economy as well as signs of a slowdown in US GDP. In response to the economic slowdown in the US, the Federal Reserve (“The Fed”) maintained the Federal Funds rate and hinted at potential rate cuts in the second half of 2019. In regard to the US-China trade war, slight trade stabilization was made following the G20 meeting in Japan. Both “risk” and fixed income assets experienced positive quarters, primarily driven by a potential rate cut by the Fed and the expectation that the European Central Bank (ECB) will increase its quantitative easing efforts.
Thirteen of the Index’s nineteen components posted gains during Q2, eight of which gained more than two percent. The top five gainers included gold (+8.70%), private equity (+5.64%), US equity (+4.09%), emerging markets – fixed income (+4.08%) and international equity (+3.54%). Of the six components which declined during Q2, commodities – diversified (-4.76%), commodities – oil & gas (-3.24%), managed futures (-2.82%) and emerging markets equity – China (-2.60%) were the four with the biggest declines.
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About the Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX®
The Endowment Index™ uses an objective, rules-based construction methodology based upon the portfolio allocations of over 800 educational institutions managing over $615 billion in total assets as of 12/31/2018. Each of the 19 sub-indexes that currently comprise the index are investable, and contained within those sub-indexes are over 34,000 underlying securities. Real-time pricing data on the Endowment Index™ can be viewed under the symbol “ENDOW” through major quote providers, including Bloomberg as well as public websites such as Google and Yahoo Finance. The Morningstar® Index ID for the Endowment Index™ is F00000TPG6.
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