Led by private equity and broad-based global equities, the Endowment Index® calculated by Nasdaq OMX® powered 3.80% higher for the second quarter of 2017. Continuing upon the +4.95% gain posted in Q1, the Index has gained 8.94% through June 30th. Read the text of the below or click here to see the release.
APPLETON, WI, July 10th, 2017. The Endowment Index® calculated by Nasdaq OMX® increased 3.80% (on a total return basis) for the quarter ended June 30th, 2017, closing at 1,167.92. The S&P 500 gained 3.09% for the same period. The Endowment Index® hit a series of new closing highs during the quarter, including a new all-time high of 1,171.31 on June 28th. The Endowment Index® is up 8.94% in 2017, which compares to a gain of 9.34% for the S&P 500 for the same period.
The broad and favorable upward bias of global markets that began in early 2017 continued into the 2nd quarter and 14 of the Index’s 19 components provided a positive return for the quarter. Private equity was both the best performing overall asset class (+9.51%) and the greatest overall contributor to the index’s positive performance. Private equity, along with emerging markets-China (+8.41%), international-developed markets (+6.53%) and emerging markets-diversified (+5.76%) contributed more than 75% of the index’s gains for the quarter. The largest declining component was oil & gas, which declined 10.32% for the period. However, on an attribution basis, its return impact was just -0.20% for the quarter. Declines in gold, managed futures, commodities, and metals & mining were minimal and had a nominal effect on index performance.
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