Endowment Index® 2020 Performance Update: Index Closes at Record High for Second Consecutive Year

APPLETON, Wis., Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Endowment Index® calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) closed at 1,517.54 to end 2020, the second consecutive year that the Index closed at a record. The Index gained 10.14% in 2020 (on a total return basis), which compares to a Global 60-40 portfolio which increased 13.77% for the same period. For the fourth quarter, the Index gained 13.91% compared to a 10.08% increase for the Global 60-40 Portfolio.

The Index got off to a rocky start in 2020 as fears of a widespread global health crisis began to build during Q1.  The global asset selloff pushed the Index to a Covid-crisis closing low of 987.70 on March 23. Governments around the world unleashed an unprecedented response to the health crisis, including severe economic shutdowns and travel restrictions, massive monetary and fiscal stimulus, and a furious R&D effort to develop a vaccine.  These efforts restored investor confidence and global markets began a rebound.  The Index gained 8.00% in April and ultimately 53.64% from its March 23 closing low.

2020 Endowment Index Constituent Asset Class Performance

Asset Class


    Asset Class


Em. Market Equity – China


Private Eq-Distressed Debt


Commodity – Met/Mining


Hedge Funds




Emerging Mkt Fixed Inc


US Equity


Intl Developed Fixed Inc


Emerging Markets


Commodity -Natural Resources


Commodity – Timber


Liquidity – TBills


Global Equities


Managed Futures


Commodity – Pvt. Agriculture


Domestic Real Estate


Private Equity/VC


Intl. Real Estate






Intl Developed Equity


Publicly Traded MLP’s


Domestic Fixed Inc.


Commodity – Oil & Gas


Nineteen of the Index’s twenty-four components posted gains for 2020, with ten posting double digit gains. The top four performing components of the Index for 2020 were emerging market equity – China (+37.42%), metals & mining (+26.97), gold (+23.86) and U.S. equity (+20.95%).  Certain components of the real asset portion of the portfolio underperformed, with publicly traded MLP’s and oil & gas as the two laggards, posting losses of -32.39% and -32.75%, respectively.

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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