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  Second Quarter 2018 Market Commentary

Volatility has returned this year but is in line with long-term historical figures. Although there have been more up days than down during 2018, the daily losses have been more substantial. The average daily loss has been approximately 34% greater than the average daily gain, a spread not seen in more than a decade. Trade and tariffs continued to help drive markets this spring, as did increased anti-euro sentiment in Italy. Strong gains in personal income and consumer spending during the second quarter have left room for optimism.

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  Managing Downside Risk with Factor-Based Investment Strategies

With equity valuations at historically high levels and market volatility relatively low, advisors are looking for ways to diversify client portfolios to protect against equity market declines. Historically investors diversified across asset classes and geographical regions. But as we learned from the financial crisis, in times of extreme market volatility, many traditional asset classes can become highly correlated. In addition, because of the current low-interest-rate environment and with central banks poised to raise rates in the future, there could be further breakdown in correlation between stocks and bonds as interest rates rise.

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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Falls in April 2018

SANTA MONICA, CA, MAY 9, 2018—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -0.05% in April, underperforming the 0.09% 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 Index.

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  Investment Strategy Update, May 2018

Positioning Defensively in Fixed Income and Equities: Global equity markets witnessed a dramatic spike in realized and implied market volatility during the first quarter of 2018, as sentiment quickly shifted on concerns of higher inflation (most notably wage inflation) and a higher likelihood of more interest rate hikes in 2018. 

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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Falls -0.40% in March 2018

SANTA MONICA, CA, APRIL 12, 2018—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned -0.40% in March, and -0.99% for the first quarter in 2018. Both returns underperforming the -0.98% monthly return and -1.02% quarterly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index. 

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  First Quarter 2018 Market Commentary

The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was down -0.76% for the first quarter of 2018. This marks only the second negative quarter in nearly six years. Market volatility returned after a tranquil 2017. While the market never experienced a daily loss of 2% or more last year, there were five such down days during the first quarter of 2018, including a 4% loss in early February. 

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