June Monthly Commentary

Risk assets added to recent gains as economies around the world relaxed restrictions and central banks and governments continued to provide extraordinary stimulus to offset the weak economic backdrop. Despite a pandemic and a recession, investors embraced risk in their … Continued

May Monthly Commentary

Risk assets pushed higher this month as economies around the world began reopening and relaxing restrictions. While COVID-19 remains a dominant headline, news of progress in developing a vaccine and signs of a rebound in economic activity bolstered market sentiment. … Continued

April Monthly Commentary

Following a disappointing first quarter, risk assets moved higher in April as central banks and governments stepped in with monetary and fiscal stimuli to stem the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. While the virus continued to spread, new data indicated … Continued

UUCEF Increases Commitment to Community Investments

Earlier this year, the UUA Board of Trustees voted to increase the allocation of the UU Common Endowment Fund to community investing from one percent to five percent of the portfolio. Based on the market value of UUCEF assets as … Continued

March Monthly Commentary

Volatility roiled markets in the first quarter as investors grappled with the potential economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Economies across the world screeched to an abrupt halt in the face of travel restrictions and containment efforts, sending the CBOE … Continued

UUCEF Investor Letter

A message from the UUA’s Treasurer, Andrew McGeorge, and Investment Committees. Dear Investors: We hope that you are well. The growing concern about the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has rattled markets as investors struggle to assess the full … Continued

Acting Amid Uncertainty

A message from NEPC, the UUCEF’s investment advisory firm. The rapid spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) has rattled markets as investors struggle to assess the full extent of its economic impact. While its toll over the long term on … Continued

February Monthly Commentary

February marked a particularly volatile month for capital markets with fears intensifying over the new coronavirus (COVID-19) turning into a pandemic as the number of new cases appearing outside of China outpaced those within China. In response, the CBOE Volatility … Continued

Blackrock agrees to expand disclosure on lobbying

For the third year in a row, the Unitarian Universalist Association filed a shareholder resolution with Blackrock asking the company to improve its disclosure of lobbying expenditures and policies. The proposal was nearly identical to that in the 2019 proxy statement. … Continued

January Monthly Commentary

After turning in a stellar performance in 2019, equities initially started the new decade on a high note, bolstered by a trade pact between the United States and China. However, optimism quickly gave way to fear amid the outbreak of … Continued