April Monthly Commentary

Volatility continued to roil markets in April as trade tensions escalated between the US and China. However, developed market equities still ended the month in the black amid a stronger than expected earnings season; the S&P 500 Index returned 0.4% … Continued

Mark Ewert Recommends UUCEF for Congregations

Mark Ewert, one of the fundraising consultants on the Stewardship for Us team, recommends that congregations consider the UUCEF for their investment management needs. Stewardship for Us is a group of independent fundraising consultants closely affiliated with the UUA. In … Continued

June Monthly Commentary

Equities saw no respite from volatility in June as trade concerns weighed on markets. Despite the uncertainty, the S&P 500 Index eked out gains of 0.6% for the month – ending the quarter up 3.4%. However, markets outside the US … Continued

Shareholder Advocacy Builds Pressure on Fossil Fuel Companies

Pursuant to the 2014 Business Resolution on Fossil Fuel Divestment, the UUA retains investments in major fossil fuel companies for the purposes of shareholder advocacy on environmental justice and the clean energy transition. (Read the 2018 Treasurer’s report on implementation of … Continued

March Monthly Commentary

Volatility hobbled equity markets in March amid escalating tensions over a potential trade war between the United States and China. With a tit-for-tat tariff battle underway between the world’s two largest economies, the S&P 500 Index slumped 2.5% and the … Continued

February Monthly Commentary

Global equities snapped their winning streak amid a spike in volatility, resulting in a moderate correction early February. Investors’ concerns around rising wage inflation potentially leading to more aggressive rate hikes by the Fed and a larger projected government deficit … Continued

January Monthly Commentary

Global equities continued their winning streak in the new year. Emerging market stocks maintained their lead—gaining 8.3% in January, according to the MSCI EM Index—bolstered by a weaker US dollar, stronger commodity prices, and sustained economic growth. The S&P 500 … Continued

UUA Shareholder Advocacy Wrap-up FY17

Climate justice advocates, including the Unitarian Universalist Association, scored a major victory this spring when a majority of ExxonMobil shareholders bucked management and voted to ask the oil giant to report what would happen if the world adhered to the … Continued