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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains 0.38% in August

SANTA MONICA, CA, SEPTEMBER 12, 2017—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.38% in August, outperforming the 0.29% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family is a joint offering between Wilshire Funds Management, the global investment management business unit of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, and Wilshire Analytics, creator of the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM.

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  August 2017 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets

  • Domestic equity markets were positive in August, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 0.24% and the S&P 500 Index returned 0.31%.
  • Market volatility, measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), ended the month at 10.59, an increase from its July close of 10.26
  • Performance across GICS sectors was mixed for the month, with the Information Technology and Utilities sectors leading the group, gaining 3.28% and 3.08%, respectively. On the other hand, the Energy sector was the worst performing sector in August, returning -5.27%.
  • Large cap stocks continued to outperform their small cap counterparts this month, with the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM and the Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM returning 0.41% and -1.39%, respectively.
  • U.S. manufacturing activity, as measured by the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 58.8% in August, the 12th straight month of growth (over 50%) in the manufacturing sector. This is the highest reading since April 2011.
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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains in 0.67% July

SANTA MONICA, CA, AUGUST 11, 2017—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.67% in July, underperforming the 0.93% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family is a joint offering between Wilshire Funds Management, the global investment management business unit of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, and Wilshire Analytics, creator of the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM.

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  July 2017 Monthly Market Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets

  • Domestic equity markets were positive in July, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned 1.88% and the S&P 500 Index returned 2.06%.
  • Market volatility, measured by the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), ended the month at 10.26, a decrease from its June close of 11.18.
  • Performance across GICS sectors was positive for the month, with the Telecommunications Services and Information Technology sectors leading the group, returning 5.87% and 4.09%, respectively. On the other hand, the Industrials sector was the worst performing sector in July, returning 0.22%.
  • Large cap stocks continued to outperform their small cap counterparts this month, with the Wilshire U.S. Large Cap IndexSM and the Wilshire U.S. Small Cap IndexSM returning 1.98% and 1.08%, respectively.
  • U.S. manufacturing activity, as measured by the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI, registered 56.3% in July, down from the June reading of 57.8%. June’s was the highest since August 2014. Generally, a reading above 50% indicates expansion.
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  Investment Strategy Update, July 2017

Investment Strategy—Positioning for Relative Opportunities

Global equity markets continued to climb higher in the first half of 2017 as earnings recovered, and momentum and positive sentiment helped markets shrug off concerns regarding the new U.S. administration’s ability to execute on its policy agenda of lighter regulation and looser fiscal policy. We expressed our concern in our last letter that there remains significant uncertainty regarding actual policy implementation, noting that our analysis continues to focus on the fundamentals of the macroeconomic landscape, while considering how such fundamentals may change in response to policy actions. As a result, last quarter we shifted portfolios away from a value-bias to a neutral style posture while also favoring Non-U.S. equity exposure, with the goal of reducing the cyclical sensitivity of our portfolios while also seeking to benefit from cheaper valuations abroad, which we also expected to benefit from the tailwinds of a weaker U.S. dollar.

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  Second Quarter 2017 Market Commentary

Real GDP growth slowed to 1.4% annualized during the first quarter of 2017. This was not much lower than the 1.6% pace set in 2016. Both consumer and business spending contributed to growth. In an encouraging sign, nonresidential fixed investment was up a little more than 10%, thanks in part to increased spending on gas and oil well drilling. A shrinking trade deficit contributed to growth as well, with a contraction in government spending representing the only detractor.

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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Falls -0.02% in June

SANTA MONICA, CA, JULY 11, 2017—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -0.02% in June, slightly underperforming the 0.03% return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family is a joint offering between Wilshire Funds Management, the global investment management business unit of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, and Wilshire Analytics, creator of the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM.

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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains 0.34% in May

SANTA MONICA, CA, JUNE 13, 2017—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.34% in May, outperforming the 0.24% monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index.The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family is a joint offering between Wilshire Funds Management, the global investment management business unit of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, and Wilshire Analytics, creator of the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM.

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