Endowment Index Declines 3.17% in 2015: A Year When Nothing Worked

Endowment Index Declines 3.17% in 2015:  A Year When Nothing Worked

APPLETON, Wis., Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Endowment Index®, calculated by Nasdaq OMX®, declined 3.17% (on a total return basis) for the 12 months ended December 31, 2015. This compared to the S&P 500, which gained 1.38% for the same period. It was the Endowment Index’s first calendar year decline since 2011. The Endowment Index seeks to track the performance of global, multi-asset portfolios by representing the average allocation of an endowment using ETFs.

Eight of the index’s 19 investable components provided a positive return during 2015, and the gains were minimal. Only domestic real estate, international fixed income and private equity were able to gain more than 1% for the year. Of the 11 components that declined in 2015, all but emerging market equity were in the alternatives portion of the index and three quarters of the index decline was attributed to just four asset classes: metals & mining, emerging market equity, oil & gas, and hedge funds.

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Endowment Index® Constituents: Winners & Losers for 2015

 Asset Class 2015
    Asset Class 2015


Private Equity/VC +0.17 Commodity-Timber -0.02
Domestic Real Estate +0.07 Intl Real Estate -0.04
US Equity +0.07 Managed Futures -0.06
Intl Developed Equity +0.05 Gold -0.12
Intl Developed Fixed Inc +0.02 Distressed Debt -0.13
Domestic Fixed Inc +0.02 Commodity-Diversified -0.24
Emerging Mkt Fixed Inc +0.01 Hedge Funds -0.46
Emerg Mkt Equity-China +0.01 Commodity-Oil & Gas -0.49
Emerging Mkt Equity -0.66
Commodity-Met/Mining -0.81

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ETF Model Solutions, LLC designs ETF-based investment solutions for advisers, institutions, retirement plans and individual investors based upon the Endowment Investment Philosophy®. The firm is the investment manager for theEndowment Multi Asset ETF Allocation (CUSIP 26923F105), a collective investment trust available for use in 401(k) Plans. The Fund employs a passive investment approach based upon the Endowment Index®.

Disclosure:  Information presented is for educational purposes only and is not intended as an offer or solicitation for the sale or purchase of any specific securities, investments, or investment strategies, nor shall it be construed to be the provision of investment advice.  Past performance is not necessarily indicative of future results.  Investments involve risk and unless otherwise stated, are not insured or guaranteed.  Be sure to consult with a qualified financial adviser and/or tax professional before implementing any investment strategies discussed herein.   You cannot invest directly in an index. Indexes do not contain fees.  Performance information contained in this presentation is provided net of any underlying exchange-traded fund expenses, does not include any other fees or expenses.   ETF Model Solutions, LLC is registered as an investment adviser with the SEC.  ETF Model Solutions is an affiliate of Endowment Wealth Management, Inc., an investment adviser registered with the State of Wisconsin.   A copy of each firm’s respective disclosure document, Form ADV Brochure Part 2, is available upon request.


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