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The Wilshire Advisor Solutions Knowledge Center contains our video presentations, white papers, monthly and quarterly market commentaries, and product literature.

  Investment Strategy Update, February 2019

Discipline Outperforms Emotion: Global investor sentiment deteriorated in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the trend lower in risk assets escalated during the month of December as restrictive monetary policy began to weigh on sentiment and risk. Over the past two years, the Federal Reserve has been gradually and judiciously implementing a path to raising interest rates as the economy has demonstrated signs of stable economic growth. In 2018, the U.S. economy largely benefited from sizable tax cuts, predominantly in corporate taxes, which not only boosted corporate earnings but facilitated strong economic growth. It has yet to be seen, however, if the benefit of lower taxes will persist into 2019 and beyond, particularly in the face of tighter monetary policy.

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Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Commentary

This marks the worst quarter for U.S. equities since 2011 and the first down year since the credit crisis sell-off of 2008. The Index had been down by double digits for the year in late December before gaining nearly 7% during the final few trading days. Concerns of an economic slowdown weighed on stock prices, as did fears that additional rate increases by the Federal Reserve could weaken future prospects for economic growth.

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 Webinar Replay Now Available

2018 Year In Review + 2019 Market Outlook