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  First Quarter 2017 Market Commentary

The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was up 5.61% for the first quarter of 2017. The market has been trending generally upward for more than a year now, including six straight quarterly gains. Economic releases during the quarter were strong and markets took comfort in both the Federal Reserve’s 0.25% increase in the overnight rate and its accompanying statement. Despite accelerating price increases, the Fed’s forecast for the Fed Funds rate at year-end 2017 was little changed from their December meeting.

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  February 2017 Monthly Market Commentary

Domestic equity markets set multiple record highs in February, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 3.72% and the S&P 500 Index returned 3.97%. Market volatility, measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), ended the month at 12.92, an increase from its January close of 11.99.

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  Investment Strategy Update, February 2017

Investment Strategy—Proceeding With Caution

U.S. equity markets rallied in the fourth quarter of 2016, on the heels of the surprise election of Donald Trump. Some aspects of the new administration’s policy agenda may foster higher economic and earnings growth (regulation and fiscal policy), while other aspects may prove to be prohibitive of growth (immigration and trade). Markets moved quickly to price-in the positive features of President Trump’s expected policy actions, with less attention to the potentially negative consequences. Recognizing that there remains significant uncertainty regarding actual policy implementation, our analysis continues to focus on the fundamentals of the macroeconomic landscape, while considering how such fundamentals may change in response to policy actions.

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  January 2017 Monthly Market Commentary

Domestic equity markets were positive in January, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 1.78% and the S&P 500 Index returned 1.90%. Market volatility, measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), ended the month at 11.99, a decrease from its December close of 14.04.

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  Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Commentary

The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was up 4.54% for the fourth quarter and 13.37% for 2016. This marks the Index’s fifth straight quarterly gain and, more remarkably, eighth straight annual gain. A portion of that “winning streak” is due to a rebound from the global financial crisis selloff. However, the market has continued to produce strong returns after the initial recovery, with a 14% annualized gain over the past four years. Following several rocky months to begin the year, U.S. equities trended upward for the rest of 2016. The fourth quarter benefited from strong economic growth and signs of confidence from the Federal Reserve.

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  November 2016 Monthly Market Commentary

Domestic equity markets were positive in November, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 4.56% and the S&P 500 Index returned 3.70%. Market volatility decreased in November, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ending the month at 13.33, down from 17.06 at the end of October.

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  Investment Strategy Update, November 2016

Investment Strategy—Defensively Seeking Returns: Global equity markets delivered compelling returns in the third quarter of 2016, following a decline in equities late in the second quarter. Investors have continued to take advantage of price declines in equities throughout 2015 and 2016, shrugging off geopolitical concerns, slower economic growth and inflation, and a deterioration in earnings growth. The persistent support for equities is both technically encouraging and fundamentally concerning, as it may serve as a sign of investor complacency.

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  October 2016 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets were negative in October, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned -2.03% and the S&P 500 Index returned -1.82%. Market volatility increased in October, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ending the month at 17.06, up from 13.29 at the end of September 2016.

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  Third Quarter 2016 Market Commentary

The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index, was up for the third quarter of 2016 by 4.29%. This marks the fourth straight quarterly gain, although most of the pricing activity occurred during roughly the first dozen trading days of the quarter. Interestingly, strong equity returns this year have coincided with a drop in corporate earnings. However, a major contributor to that decline is performance within the Energy sector due to depressed oil prices.

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  August 2016 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets were positive in August, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 0.25% and the S&P 500 Index returned 0.14%. Market volatility increased in August, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ending the month at 13.07, up from 11.87 at the end of July 2016. Performance across GICS sectors was mixed for the month, with the Financials and Information Technology sectors leading the group, returning 3.31% and 2.06%, respectively. On the other hand, Utilities was the worst performing sector in August, falling -5.41%. Small cap stocks outperformed their large cap counterparts this month, with the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM and the Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM returning 0.14% and 1.25%, respectively. U.S. manufacturing activity, as measured by the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 49.4% in August, down from the July reading of 52.6%. Generally a reading above 50% indicates expansion.

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