EWM Weekly Capital Market Highlights For Week Ended 3/1/2019

By | Financial Markets & Economy, Weekly Capital Market Updates
  • Equity markets around the globe rallied, as better-than-expected China PMI manufacturing data brought in a risk-on mood to Asian and European markets.  Asian stocks continued their rally on speculation that the US and China could be endorsing a trade deal in weeks. Markets also were supported by the news that MSCI Index will quadruple the weight of China A shares in global indices by November. US markets ended February on a positive note, as the Fed pause and potential trade truce acted as tailwinds. Small caps outperformed large caps, and growth outperformed value
  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury traded mostly higher during the week. Yields rose on Thursday, as fourth-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data came in higher than what markets had expected. German yields rose sharply on hopes that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided.
  • The Dollar Spot Index (DXY) climbed to its highest level in more than a week.
  • Tesla Inc. (TSLA) and Elon Musk were in the news after the SEC said Mr. Musk’s tweets violated his court settlement. Tesla’s stock price headed sharply lower after he warned that the company will not show a profit in Q12019.
  • Among major economic data, initial jobless claims increased by 8,000 for the week ending February 23. Housing Starts declined 11.20% month over month in December, while Building Permits were up 0.30% for the same period.

Click here to download the complete weekly report: EWMWeeklyReview 3.4.19

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Endowment Index™ Posts Gain For Week Ended 3/1/2019

By | Endowment Index™
The Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) closed at 1,254.06 Friday, rising 0.30% from the previous Friday’s close of 1,250.37. The Endowment Index™ represents the investable opportunity for managers of portfolios utilizing the Endowment Investment Philosophy™ or otherwise incorporate alternative investments within a comprehensive asset allocation strategy. The Endowment Index™ measures performance for a multi-asset, globally-diversified, three-dimensional portfolio that includes Global Equity, Global Income, and Alternative Investments (like Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Real Assets). The Index uses an objective, rules-based construction methodology based upon the portfolio allocations of over 800 educational institutions managing over $500 billion in total assets. Each of the 19 sub-indexes that currently comprise the index are investable, and contained within those sub-indexes are over 30,000 underlying securities. You can obtain real-time pricing data on the Endowment Index™ under the symbol “ENDOW” through major quote providers, including Bloomberg, Google Finance and others. The Morningstar® Index ID for the Endowment Index™ is F00000TPG6. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. You cannot invest directly in an index. Indexes do not contain fees.

EWM Weekly Capital Market Highlights For Week Ended 2/22/2019

By | Financial Markets & Economy, Weekly Capital Market Updates
  • Among Equities, small caps outperformed large caps; value stocks slightly outperformed growth stocks; international stocks outperformed domestic stocks; and emerging markets beat developed  markets.
  • Treasury yields held steady. The yield on the U.S. 10-year Treasury Note ended the week at 2.65%.
  • Commodity indices rose over the week, driven by higher crude oil prices.
  • Dollar indices declined slightly, whereas the euro ended higher for the week.
  • Among major economic data, new orders of durable goods in December rose 1.2% month over month, less than expected; initial jobless claims were down 23,000 to 216,000; January existing home sales declined.

Click here to download the complete weekly report: EWMWeeklyReview02.25.2019

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Endowment Index™ Gains 1.01% For Week Ended 2/22/2019

By | Endowment Index™
The Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) closed at 1,250.37 Friday, rising 1.01% from the previous Friday’s close of 1,237.86. The Endowment Index™ represents the investable opportunity for managers of portfolios utilizing the Endowment Investment Philosophy™ or otherwise incorporate alternative investments within a comprehensive asset allocation strategy. The Endowment Index™ measures performance for a multi-asset, globally-diversified, three-dimensional portfolio that includes Global Equity, Global Income, and Alternative Investments (like Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Real Assets). The Index uses an objective, rules-based construction methodology based upon the portfolio allocations of over 800 educational institutions managing over $500 billion in total assets. Each of the 19 sub-indexes that currently comprise the index are investable, and contained within those sub-indexes are over 30,000 underlying securities. You can obtain real-time pricing data on the Endowment Index™ under the symbol “ENDOW” through major quote providers, including Bloomberg, Google Finance and others. The Morningstar® Index ID for the Endowment Index™ is F00000TPG6. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. You cannot invest directly in an index. Indexes do not contain fees.

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By | Wealth Management

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Endowment Index™ Posts 1.58% Gain For Week Ended 2/15/2019

By | Endowment Index™
The Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) closed at 1,237.86 Friday, rising 1.58% from the previous Friday’s close of 1,218.56. The Endowment Index™ represents the investable opportunity for managers of portfolios utilizing the Endowment Investment Philosophy™ or otherwise incorporate alternative investments within a comprehensive asset allocation strategy. The Endowment Index™ measures performance for a multi-asset, globally-diversified, three-dimensional portfolio that includes Global Equity, Global Income, and Alternative Investments (like Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Real Assets). The Index uses an objective, rules-based construction methodology based upon the portfolio allocations of over 800 educational institutions managing over $500 billion in total assets. Each of the 19 sub-indexes that currently comprise the index are investable, and contained within those sub-indexes are over 30,000 underlying securities. You can obtain real-time pricing data on the Endowment Index™ under the symbol “ENDOW” through major quote providers, including Bloomberg, Google Finance and others. The Morningstar® Index ID for the Endowment Index™ is F00000TPG6. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. You cannot invest directly in an index. Indexes do not contain fees.

Endowment Index™ Declines 0.42% For Week Ended 2/8/2019

By | Endowment Index™
The Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) closed at 1,218.56 Friday, declining 0.42% from the previous Friday’s close of 1,223.65. The Endowment Index™ represents the investable opportunity for managers of portfolios utilizing the Endowment Investment Philosophy™ or otherwise incorporate alternative investments within a comprehensive asset allocation strategy. The Endowment Index™ measures performance for a multi-asset, globally-diversified, three-dimensional portfolio that includes Global Equity, Global Income, and Alternative Investments (like Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Real Assets). The Index uses an objective, rules-based construction methodology based upon the portfolio allocations of over 800 educational institutions managing over $500 billion in total assets. Each of the 19 sub-indexes that currently comprise the index are investable, and contained within those sub-indexes are over 30,000 underlying securities. You can obtain real-time pricing data on the Endowment Index™ under the symbol “ENDOW” through major quote providers, including Bloomberg, Google Finance and others. The Morningstar® Index ID for the Endowment Index™ is F00000TPG6. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. You cannot invest directly in an index. Indexes do not contain fees.

EWM Weekly Capital Market Highlights For Week Ended 2/8/2019

By | Financial Markets & Economy, Weekly Capital Market Updates
  • Equities faced selling pressure Thursday and Friday on news that President Trump will not meet with Chinese President Xi prior to the March 1 deadline. Markets appear to be in a holding period as investors await further news on a US/China trade deal, Brexit, and a bipartisan resolution to prevent another government shutdown.
  • The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury Note increased to 2.73% on Tuesday before declining below 2.65% on Thursday and Friday.
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May was in Brussels for meetings with other EU leaders to avoid a hard Brexit, which is 50 days out.
  • Bill Gross announced his retirement this week. The investor once known as the “Bond King” co-founded PIMCO in 1971 and managed client assets for more than forty years, most recently at Janus.
  • Among major economic data, initial jobless claims fell from a one-and-a-half -year high last week, decreasing by 19,000 to 234,000.

Click here to download the complete weekly report: EWMWeeklyReview02.11.2018

Disclosure: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.

The Endowment Index™ Closes January with Another Weekly Gain

By | Endowment Index™
The Endowment Index™ calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) closed at 1,223.65 Friday, rising 1.23% from the previous Friday’s close of 1,208.79. The Endowment Index™ represents the investable opportunity for managers of portfolios utilizing the Endowment Investment Philosophy™ or otherwise incorporate alternative investments within a comprehensive asset allocation strategy. The Endowment Index™ measures performance for a multi-asset, globally-diversified, three-dimensional portfolio that includes Global Equity, Global Income, and Alternative Investments (like Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Real Assets). The Index uses an objective, rules-based construction methodology based upon the portfolio allocations of over 800 educational institutions managing over $500 billion in total assets. Each of the 19 sub-indexes that currently comprise the index are investable, and contained within those sub-indexes are over 30,000 underlying securities. You can obtain real-time pricing data on the Endowment Index™ under the symbol “ENDOW” through major quote providers, including Bloomberg, Google Finance and others. The Morningstar® Index ID for the Endowment Index™ is F00000TPG6. Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results. You cannot invest directly in an index. Indexes do not contain fees.

EWM Weekly Capital Market Highlights for Week Ended 2/1/2019

By | Financial Markets & Economy, Weekly Capital Market Updates
  • Global equity markets rose broadly this week. US markets were led by the tech-heavy NASDAQ on the tailwinds of positive earnings from a number of FAANG companies. International stocks were largely higher; however, they trailed emerging markets, which posted strong returns for the week, with Brazil contributing significantly, while Greece and India detracted marginally.
  • Treasury yields fell this week, primarily due to the Fed’s vowing “patience” in monetary policy. However, yields rose marginally on Friday morning, trimming the decline, after the December employment report showed stronger-than-expected US job gains and the yield on the 30-year U.S. Treasury bond rising back above 3%.
  • Commodities rose, with the Bloomberg Commodity Index finishing slightly higher after an overall positive week. Within the index, oil prices jumped along with the stock market on Friday, after the US monthly job report showed a surge in employment. Oil futures also headed higher, as US sanctions on Venezuela’s stateowned oil firm, PDVSA, raised the risk of tighter crude supplies.
  • The US dollar ended the week lower against a basket of major trade partners’ currencies. The Deutsche Bank Long US dollar index fell .73%, likely pressured by the Fed’s cautious US economic outlook, suggesting the central bank may be near the end of its tightening cycle.
  • In other economic news, the US gained 304,000 new jobs in January, the biggest increase in almost a year and marking 100 consecutive months of employment gains. The unemployment rate, while still historically low, drifted marginally higher to 4.00%, likely a byproduct of the combination of a higher labor force participation rate and the government shutdown.

Click here to download the complete weekly report: EWMWeeklyReview02.04.2018

Disclosure: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.