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  Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains 0.59% in January

SANTA MONICA, CA, FEBRUARY 9, 2017—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.59% in January, outperforming the 0.50% monthly return for 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.

“Due to the perceived optimism that Trump and the Republican party bring to the economy, credit managers in both relative value and event driven strategies led performance in January as the high yield bond market continued to rally,” said Jason Schwarz, president of Wilshire Funds Management.


  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Multi-Strategy IndexSM, which includes both single and multi-manager funds, returned 0.76% in January.

Global Macro

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Global Macro IndexSM ended the month down -0.17%, outperforming the HFRX Macro/CTA Index’s -0.95% return.
  • CTAs contributed -30 basis points of return while discretionary global macro managers contributed 10 basis points of return and currency/commodity managers contributed the remaining 3 basis points of return.

Relative Value

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Relative Value IndexSM ended the month up 0.78%, outperforming the HFRX Relative Value Arbitrage Index’s 0.63% return.
  • Credit managers contributed the majority of the monthly returns while multi-strategy and volatility managers contributed positively as well.

Equity Hedge

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Equity Hedge IndexSM ended the month up 0.80%, modestly underperforming the HFRX Equity Hedge Index’s 0.85% return.
  • Long-biased managers contributed 90 basis points to Index performance while market neutral and short-biased managers detracted 5 basis points and 2 basis points, respectively.
  • Fundamental growth-oriented managers were notably positive this month.

Event Driven

  • The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Event Driven IndexSM ended the month up 0.38%, underperforming the HFRX Event Driven Index’s 1.05% return.
  • Credit managers contributed 24 basis points while multi-strategy event managers added 15 basis points to Index performance. Merger arbitrage strategies were generally flat this month.
  • Deep value credit managers lead performance as the high yield bond market continued to rally in January.

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 September 30, 2016, Wilshire Funds Management advises on over $157 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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