APPLETON, Wis., October 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — 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.
Endowment Index™ Q3 2019 Constituent Performance
|Asset Class||Q3 2019 Change (%)||Asset Class||Q3 2019 Change (%)|
|Domestic Real Estate||7.40||Intl. Real Estate||0.15|
|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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