An Update from the Pension Boards

March 23, 2020

Dear Friends,

The Pension Boards is beginning its second week of remote operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week witnessed the continuation of rapidly changing conditions in both global health and fluctuations in the global economy. At the Pension Boards, we have long been committed to working in ways that are agile, consistent, and conversant. I am pleased to report that this commitment, which informs our organizational culture and operations, has allowed us to adapt quickly and effectively to meet your needs. The collective effort of the entire Pension Boards staff enables us to keep our business operations going smoothly.

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Message From The Pension Boards

March 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

Our thoughts have been with you, our members, as we live into the changing daily realities arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether it has been the suspension of worship services in your congregation, school closings affecting your children, or social distancing from others, all of us are being impacted in some way by this public health crisis.

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Important Update: Assurance of Continued Annuity Payments

March 16, 2020

The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ has announced the temporary closing of its offices at 475 Riverside Drive effective today and for a period of up to three weeks, due to the varying degrees of severity and complexity of COVID-19 in New York City and surrounding areas.

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Financial Markets: What Has Happened in the Last Three Weeks?

March 15, 2020

What has happened in the last three weeks?

The U.S equity market peaked on February 19, 2020, with the Standard & Poor’s Index of 500 stocks (S&P 500) reaching 3,386, and subsequently correcting to 2,480 on March 12, 2020, a 26.75% drop in merely three weeks. Moreover, volatility has been extreme, with circuit breakers (causing a pause in trading) hit twice in the cash market and twice in the futures market in one week.

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The Pension Boards Temporarily Closes Office

New York, March 15, 2020 – The Pension Boards-United Church of Christ today announced the temporary closing of its offices at 475 Riverside Drive, for a period of up to three weeks, due to the varying degrees of severity and complexity of COVID-19 in New York City and surrounding areas.

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2019 Annual Report Magazine

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Financial Markets: What Is Happening? (March 6, 2020)

Investors have continued to sell global equities and other risk assets like high yield bonds and corporate debt, as continued economic impact from the COVID-19 virus becomes apparent. The U.S. equity market has continued to be very volatile, with big swings this week. The clear implication is that global growth will come down, as concern about China and neighboring countries has now migrated to our shores.

Bond investors continued to be positively rewarded during this time period, benefitting from central bank polices to lower interest rates around the world. The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) once again lowered rates after doing so three times in 2019, responding to changes in market rates and attempting to provide support to the economy.

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