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Endowment Index® Third Quarter 2020 Performance Update


APPLETON, Wis., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Endowment Index® calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) gained 5.05% (on a total return basis) for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020. This compares to the Global 60-40 Portfolio (60% Stocks, 40% Bonds), which increased 5.89% for the same period.

The economic recovery continued in Q3 2020 and overall, equity markets posted strong gains with the S&P 500 Index rising 8.9%. The gains were not limited to U.S. markets as developed and emerging market equities were up 9.77% and 8.04%, respectively for the quarter.

Twenty-one of the Index's twenty-four components posted gains for Q3 2020, with four posting double digit gains. The top four performing components of the Index for Q3 2020 were emerging market equity – China (+15.57%), timber (+14.57), private agriculture (+12.13) and commodities/diversified futures (+11.59%). Publicly traded MLP's and oil & gas were the two laggards, posting losses of -16.65% and -20.35%, respectively.

Asset Class

Q3 2020

    Asset Class

Q3 2020

Em. Market Equity - China


Intl. Real Estate


Commodity - Timber




Commodity –Pvt. Agriculture


Emerging Mkt Fixed Inc




Hedge Funds


Commodity – Met/Mining


Domestic Real Estate


Emerging Markets


Commodity -Natural Resources


US Equity


Intl Developed Fixed Inc


Global Equities


Domestic Fixed Inc.


Private Equity/VC


Managed Futures




Liquidity - TBills


Intl Developed Equity


Publicly Traded MLP's


Private Eq-Distressed Debt


Commodity – Oil & Gas


The Endowment Index represents the investable opportunity for managers of portfolios utilizing the Endowment Investment Philosophy or who otherwise incorporate alternative investments within a comprehensive asset allocation. The Endowment Index measures performance for a multi-asset, globally-diversified, three-dimensional portfolio that includes Global Equity, Global Fixed Income, and Alternative Investments (like Private Equity, Hedge Funds and Real Assets) The Index applies an objective, rules based construction methodology based upon portfolio allocation data obtained from over 770 educational institutions that collectively manage over $630 billion as of 6/30/19. Each of the 24 sub-indexes that currently comprise the Index are investable and contained within those sub-indexes are over 44,000 underlying securities.

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