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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains 0.34% in April

SANTA MONICA, CA, MAY 10, 2017—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.34% in April, underperforming the 0.42% 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.

“April was a positive month for alternative strategies,” said Jason Schwarz, President of Wilshire Funds Management. “Long-biased equity strategies benefited from gains across global equity markets, with notable performance within emerging markets. Event driven and relative value strategies continued to benefit from being long credit risk, particularly within corporate bonds.”

Multi-Strategy

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Multi-Strategy IndexSM, which includes both single and multi-manager funds, returned 0.58% in April.

Global Macro

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Global Macro IndexSM ended the month down -0.06%, outperforming the -0.07% return of the HFRX Macro/CTA Index.
  • CTAs detracted -25 basis points of return while discretionary global macro managers contributed 15 basis points of return and currency/commodity managers contributed 3 basis points of return.

Relative Value

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Relative Value IndexSM ended the month up 0.33%, outperforming the 0.20% return of the HFRX Relative Value Arbitrage Index.
  • Credit managers contributed the entirety of the return while multi-strategy managers, convertible arbitrage, and volatility strategies were all slightly positive.
  • While the Fed increased short-term rates, U.S. yields stayed relatively constant and high yield credit spreads slightly tightened. This led to modest positive performance from managers in the Credit space.

Equity Hedge

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Equity Hedge IndexSM ended the month up 0.42%, underperforming the HFRX Equity Hedge Index’s 0.72% return.
  • Long-biased managers contributed 43 basis points to Index performance while market neutral and short-biased managers each detracted -1 basis point of return.
  • Long-biased strategies benefited from rising equity markets with positive contributions from Information Technology and Consumer Discretionary investments.

Event Driven

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Event Driven IndexSM ended the month up 0.65%, underperforming the 0.70% return of the HFRX Event Driven Index.
  • Credit managers contributed 28 basis points of return while merger arbitrage strategies added 23 basis points, and multi-strategy managers added 14 basis points of return.

About Wilshire Associates

Wilshire Associates, a leading global, independent investment consulting and services firm, provides consulting services, analytics solutions and customized investment products to plan sponsors, investment managers and financial intermediaries. Its business units include Wilshire Analytics, Wilshire Consulting, Wilshire Funds Management, and Wilshire Private Markets.

Based in Santa Monica, California, Wilshire provides services to clients in more than 20 countries representing more than 500 organizations with assets totaling approximately US $7 trillion.*

The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index family is a joint offering between Wilshire Funds Management and Wilshire Analytics. Wilshire Funds Management leverages Wilshire’s institutional expertise to offer investment advisory services, retirement services and hedge fund managed account services to some of the largest banks, broker/dealers, asset managers, insurance companies and retirement plan providers. As of March 31, 2017, Wilshire Funds Management advises on over $158 billion. Wilshire Analytics provides investment firms worldwide with multi-asset class solutions for analytics, attribution, risk management, performance, GIPS reporting, total fund reporting, peer universe, and style comparisons. Wilshire Analytics is the creator of the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, widely accepted as the definitive benchmark for the broad U.S. stock market.

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*Client assets are as represented by Pensions & Investments (P&I), detailed in P&I’s “Largest Retirement Funds” and P&I’s “Largest Money Managers (U.S. institutional tax-exempt assets)” as of 9/30/15 and 12/31/15, and published 2/8/16 and 5/30/16, respectively.

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