APPLETON, Wis., April 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Endowment Index® calculated by Nasdaq OMX® (Symbol: ENDOW) increased 4.43% (on a total return basis) for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. This compares to a Global 60-40 Index (60% Stocks, 40% Bonds), which gained 1.02% for the same period.
Equity markets continued their march forward in Q1, primarily driven by the passage of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package as well as strong progress in the vaccine rollout. Two noteworthy trends within equity markets were the rotations from growth to value and large-cap to small-cap. Beyond equities, the 10-year Treasury yield increased 83 bps & the U.S. dollar strengthened throughout the quarter. Of the 22 index components, 14 were up and 8 were down.
The top performing component of the Index for Q1 2021 was oil & gas, which gained 36.30%. The other two gainers which gained over 10% for the quarter were publicly traded MLPs (+21.55%) and metals & mining (+14.08%). The two greatest declines during Q1 were gold and emerging fixed income with losses of -10.63% and -5.41%, respectively.
As part of the Index’s annual review, it was reconstituted and rebalanced during Q1. The broad allocations between equities & fixed income changed slightly with the allocation toward equities declining by 1% and the allocation to fixed income increasing 1%.
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Definitions: Global 60-40 Stock-Bond Portfolio is an index comprised of 60% MSCI All-Country World Index + 40% Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index.
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