Foundations and Endowments Hardest Hit in Q307

November 6, 2008 ( - Institutional investors saw the performance of their portfolios drop sharply in the third quarter of 2008, with foundations and endowments having the worst median quarterly performance of -9.37%, according to the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service (Wilshire TUCS).

Taft Hartley funds with assets greater than $1 billion reported the worst one-year median return at -15.45 percent, Wilshire said in a press release. Among all Taft Hartley funds the quarterly median return was -5.82% with the one-year return at -11.45%.

The one-year median performance for foundations and endowments was -14.88%.

The median performance of all master trusts for the year ended September 30, 2008, was -13.79%, with a quarterly return of – 8.05%. The median performance of corporate pension plans was -15.44% for the year and -8.53% for the quarter, while public pension funds reported – 14.43% for the year and -8.17% for the quarter.

Wilshire TUCS includes nearly 1,200 plans representing $2.85 trillion in assets.