Tuesday, January 9, 2018 » Fourth Quarter 2017 Market Commentary Market Commentary, Commentary The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was up 6.39% for the fourth quarter of 2017. This marks the ninth consecutive year of positive gains for the broad U.S. equity market. Several factors contributed to this success, including a rebound in global economic growth and continued strength domestically. Investors also responded positively to the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax system in 30 years. What also made the past year particularly impressive was the relative lack of volatility. The largest drawdown for the year was -2.75%, and there were only four trading days where the market was down 1% or more, making 2017 one of the least volatile years in nearly four decades.