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  April 2019 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets

  • Domestic equity markets were positive in April, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM and the S&P 500 Index returned 4.01% and 4.05%, respectively.
  • The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ended April at 13.12, a decrease from its March close of 13.71.
  • Performance across GICS sectors was mostly positive for the month, with the Financials and Information Technology sectors leading the group, gaining 8.62% and 6.41%, respectively. The Health Care and Real Estate sectors trailed in comparison, returning -2.60% and -0.17%, respectively.
  • Large cap stocks outperformed their small cap counterparts in April, with the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM and the Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM returning 4.08% and 3.35%, respectively.  

International Economy and Markets

  • Developed international equity markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, returned 2.81% this month.
  • Europe continued to lead developed international equity markets, with the MSCI Europe Index returning 3.57%. Japan has lagged international equity markets year to date, with the MSCI Japan Index returning 1.39% and 8.14% in April and year to date, respectively.
  • The MSCI Emerging Markets Index gained 2.11% in April.

Fixed Income/Real Estate/Commodities

  • The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield ended the month at 2.51, an increase from its March close of 2.41. However, the 10-year yield remains lower than its January and February closes of 2.63 and 2.73, respectively.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index posted a modest gain of 0.03% in April.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield Index continued to be the best performer within U.S. fixed income, returning 1.42%. The Bloomberg Barclays Long Term Treasury Index lagged, declining -1.79%.
  • U.S. real estate posted negative returns in April, with the Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Securities IndexSM declining -0.17%. International real estate securities also delivered negative returns, with the Wilshire Global ex U.S. Real Estate Securities IndexSM losing -1.34%.
  • Commodities, as measured by the Bloomberg Commodity Index, declined -0.42% in April.

Alternatives

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternatives IndexSM returned 0.98% in April. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Global Macro IndexSM and the Wilshire Liquid Alternative Equity Hedge IndexSM were the best performers this month, returning 1.50% and 1.42%, respectively.
  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Relative Value IndexSM was the biggest underperformer in April, returning 0.54%.

GICS Sector Returns*

Wilshire 5000 IndexSM
As of 4/30/2019
MTD (%) QTD (%) YTD (%) 1 Year (%)
Communication Services 6.10 6.10 21.28 12.63
Consumer Discretionary 5.46 5.46 20.87 16.48
Consumer Staples 2.48 2.48 14.13 12.28
Energy -0.12 -0.12 16.29 -0.40
Financials 8.62 8.62 18.05 3.48
Health Care -2.60 -2.60 5.61 12.04
Industrials 4.51 4.51 22.23 6.70
Information Technology 6.41 6.41 28.55 24.31
Materials 3.45 3.45 15.48 1.68
Real Estate -0.17 -0.17 17.09 19.42
Utilities 1.21 1.21 12.74 21.68

*GICS Sector returns for the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM. Source: Wilshire AtlasSM.

North American Equity

  MTD* (%) QTD* (%) YTD* (%) 1 Year* (%)
Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM 4.01 4.01 18.68 12.85
Standard & Poor’s 500 4.05 4.05 18.25 13.50
Standard & Poor’s 500 (CAD) 3.22 3.22 16.94 9.60

U.S. Equity by Size/Style

  MTD* (%) QTD* (%) YTD* (%) 1 Year* (%)
Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM 4.08 4.08 18.61 13.61
Wilshire U.S. Large Cap Growth IndexSM 4.88 4.88 21.34 14.94
Wilshire U.S. Large Cap Value IndexSM 3.35 3.35 16.20 12.41
Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM 3.35 3.35 19.38 6.08
Wilshire U.S. Small Cap Growth IndexSM 4.60 4.60 21.70 8.37
Wilshire U.S. Small Cap Value IndexSM 2.16 2.16 17.11 3.88
Wilshire U.S. Micro Cap IndexSM 1.59 1.59 17.01 -1.83

International Equity (USD)

  MTD* (%) QTD* (%) YTD* (%) 1 Year* (%)
MSCI AC World ex U.S. 2.64 2.64 13.23 -3.23
MSCI EAFE 2.81 2.81 13.07 -3.21
MSCI Europe 3.57 3.57 14.80 -2.97
MSCI Pacific 1.50 1.50 10.16 -3.82
MSCI Japan 1.39 1.39 8.14 -7.18
MSCI EM (Emerging Markets) 2.11 2.11 12.24 -5.04

International Equity (Local Currency)

  MTD* (%) QTD* (%) YTD* (%) 1 Year* (%)
MSCI AC World ex U.S. 3.19 3.19 14.06 1.61
MSCI EAFE 3.38 3.38 14.32 1.73
MSCI Europe 4.12 4.12 16.17 3.50
MSCI Pacific 2.12 2.12 11.27 -1.29
MSCI Japan 2.02 2.02 9.78 -5.53
MSCI EM (Emerging Markets) 2.56 2.56 12.65 -0.58

U.S. Fixed Income

  MTD* (%) QTD* (%) YTD* (%) 1 Year* (%)
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate 0.03 0.03 2.97 5.29
Bloomberg Barclays Long Gov’t/Credit -0.40 -0.40 6.02 6.89
Bloomberg Barclays Long-Term Treasury -1.79 -1.79 2.79 6.41
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. TIPS 0.33 0.33 3.54 3.10
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Credit 0.49 0.49 5.39 6.38
Bloomberg Barclays Corporate High Yield 1.42 1.42 8.78 6.74

International Fixed Income

  MTD* (%) QTD* (%) YTD* (%) 1 Year* (%)
Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate (Unhedged) -0.30 -0.30 1.90 0.94
Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate (Hedged) 0.06 0.06 3.05 5.39
JPM EMBI Plus -0.74 -0.74 5.37 3.41

Real Estate/Commodities/Alternatives

  MTD* (%) QTD* (%) YTD* (%) 1 Year* (%)
Wilshire U.S. Real Estate Securities IndexSM  -0.17 -0.17 15.82 17.42
Wilshire Global ex U.S. Real Estate Securities IndexSM  -1.34 -1.34 11.67 3.02
Wilshire Global Real Estate Securities IndexSM  -0.57 -0.57 14.35 12.15
Bloomberg Commodity Index  -0.42 -0.42 5.88 -8.03
S&P GSCI Commodity (S&P GSCI)  2.85 2.85 18.24 -5.06
Wilshire Liquid Alternatives IndexSM  0.98 0.98 4.22 0.85
Wilshire Liquid Alternative Equity Hedge IndexSM  1.42 1.42 6.12 0.64
Wilshire Liquid Alternative Event Driven IndexSM  0.86 0.86 3.40 3.41
Wilshire Liquid Alternative Global Macro IndexSM  1.50 1.50 3.44 -0.84
Wilshire Liquid Alternative Multi-Strategy IndexSM  1.08 1.08 5.04 0.76
Wilshire Liquid Alternative Relative Value IndexSM 0.54 0.54 3.10 1.31
Wilshire Focused Liquid Alternative IndexSM 0.92 0.92 4.02 1.62

*As of April 30, 2019. Source: Wilshire CompassSM

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