Investment Fund Performance

Q1 2022 UPDATE / April 4, 2022

Investment Update

As mentioned last month, the markets have experienced increased volatility to begin 2022. Q1 was the first negative quarter since the Q1 2020 COVID onset. Inflation and rising interest rates were driving concerns. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February added to the volatility and uncertainty in the markets.

U.S. stocks in the S&P 500 declined (4.6%) for the quarter. Small-cap stocks in the Russell 2000 declined (7.5%). International developed market stocks in the MSCI EAFE index were down (5.9%). Bonds also struggled with the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index down (5.9%).

During periods of extreme market volatility, it can be difficult to keep a long-term perspective as the market declines are stressful and real. We remain focused on the long-term nature of endowments, portfolio diversification, and a disciplined approach. Our investment manager, Wespath Institutional Investments, shares the same investment philosophy. Wespath has successfully weathered many market downturns over the past century and will continue to prudently manage our assets, staying true to their long-term investment approach.

Benchmark performance comparisons will be available later this month once the Lipper Median returns are released.

March 31, 2022 Performance
FUNDQTR1-YR3-YR
Diversified Fund(6.4%)(1.4%)9.1%
Endowment Investment(6.4%)(1.4%)9.1%
Fixed Income(6.0%)(3.9%)2.2%
Notes: Historical returns are time-weighted and net of all fees. Returns greater than one year are annualized. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns.

Fund Details – Q1 2022

Online Giving

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