Author Archive for: ‘tbruno’

Investment Summary as of September 30, 2016

September was a flat month for U.S. stocks and bonds with the S&P 500 Index up .02% and the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index off (.06%). Both indexes were positive for the quarter; gaining 3.9% and 0.5%, respectively. International developed market stocks in the MSCI EAFE Index were up 0.96% for the month and had a great quarter gaining […]

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El Sistema Oklahoma

“Music is my life, my peace, my freedom, and my heartbeat”

Music is a gift that can affect any life and unite all kinds of people. Music is the heartbeat that pushes on in a ministry here, in Oklahoma. El Sistema Oklahoma is an impressive program established in Oklahoma City supported by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. Musical Citizens […]

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Investment Summary as of August 31, 2016

After a volatile July, August was relatively quiet for the broad markets. U.S. stocks in the S&P 500 Index were flat in August at 0.1% but are up 7.8% year-to-date. International developed market stocks in the MSCI EAFE Index were off 0.2% in August and are down 1.8 year-to-date. Bonds in the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index were also flat […]

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OSUWesley5

Better Stories of Campus Ministry

Janina Graves is now the Associate Director at the Wesley Foundation at Oklahoma State University. As a college student at OSU, she encountered the inevitability of countless questions as she began to navigate her adult life. At the OSU Wesley Foundation, she found a safe and loving place to explore the person God created her to be. Since that time, […]

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Investment Summary as of July 31, 2016

On June 23rd, British voters approved a referendum to leave the European Union. This was surprising to the markets and resulted in increased volatility for both stocks and bonds as investors weighed the political and economic impact of the exit decision.  While interest rates and some currencies have struggled since, equities and bond values have rebounded significantly. U.S. stocks in […]

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Investment Summary as of June 30, 2016

On June 23rd, British voters approved a referendum to leave the European Union. This was surprising to the markets and resulted in increased volatility for both stocks and bonds as investors weigh the political and economic impact of the exit decision. U.S. stocks in the S&P 500 Index gained 0.3% in June for a year-to-date total return of 3.8%. International […]

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Camp2

“You Called Me to Serve the Church with My Life”

United Methodist campgrounds offer a unique opportunity to experience the Holy Spirit to middle and high school students across our state. At camp, students spend time in fellowship, recreation, and worship; growing in faith and in the community of Christ. Eternal Effects What happens beyond camp? It is not an isolated experience, like a remote vacation you long to revisit. […]

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Investment Summary as of May 31, 2016

U.S. stocks in the S&P 500 Index gained 1.8% in May for a year-to-date total return of 3.6%. International developed market stocks in the MSCI EAFE Index were down (1.5%) in May and are down (2.8%) year-to-date. Bonds in Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Index were flat at 0.03%. The Diversified Fund and Endowment Investment Fund gained 0.3% for the month, […]

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Hope Planned Out

Pearl Opel Thorpe lived in a small house near Utica Square in Tulsa. She was a collector of art, dolls, and hats. Preferring to be called Opel, she was a warm and eclectic woman who always dressed in bright, matching colors. She had that jovial sort of kindness about her; the kind where you felt absolutely welcomed in her presence. […]

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Investment Summary as of April 30, 2016

U.S. stocks in the S&P 500 Index gained 0.4% in April for a YTD total return of 1.7%. International stocks rebounded as the U.S. dollar finally weakened. International developed market stocks in the MSCI EAFE Index were up 2.5% in April but are still down 1.4% YTD. The Diversified Fund and Endowment Investment Fund gained 1.0% for the month, just […]

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