NEPC today announced the results of its latest Healthcare Operating Fund Universe, which gauges healthcare organizations’ outlook on the economy and examines how healthcare company operating pools are invested.

The study found that overall, participants are optimistic about the economy and healthcare sector, as well as their relative strategic position. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of respondents believe the economy is well-positioned for future growth, and almost half (48%) said the healthcare sector is better positioned this year compared to recent history. Sixty-one percent of respondents believe the new tax law will help the economy, and the vast majority (98%) anticipate positive returns from the S&P 500 this year.