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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

» August 2015 Monthly Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

U.S. Economy and Markets: Domestic equity markets were negative in August, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM returned -5.95% and the S&P 500 Index returned -6.03%. Market volatility increased significantly in August, with the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ending the month at 28.43, up from 12.12 at the end of July.

Friday, September 4, 2015

» Market Insights: The Diversification Benefit of Yen Exposure
Market Commentary, White Papers

The relative strength of the U.S. economy has led to expectations of tighter monetary policy, particularly as foreign central banks move to stimulate their economies in the face of slower global economic growth. This has fueled a dramatic rally in the U.S. dollar over the past year, particularly against the euro and the yen. As a result, investors have flocked to hedged products to protect their foreign investments from continued moves higher in the U.S. dollar.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

» Market Insights: Stay in Your Seat and Get to Your Destination
Market Commentary, White Papers

We’ve witnessed a rather tumultuous month-to-date, as global securities markets process mixed economic data, uncertain central bank policy, continued deterioration of oil prices, and the recent devaluing of the Chinese yuan. This has fueled heightened concerns of weaker than expected global economic growth, and therefore, a near-term repricing of risk assets.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

» September Rate Hike Remains Uncertain
Market Commentary, Commentary

The Fed Five-Year Forward Breakeven Rate, which uses Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) to calculate implied inflation expectations of investors and represents a notable measure of inflation for the Federal Reserve, recently slid back below the Fed’s Target Inflation Rate of 2% (Exhibit 1).

Friday, August 14, 2015

» Investment Strategy Update, August 2015
Alternatives, Commentary

The first half of 2015 can be characterized as directionless and turbulent, as investors continued to assess the global economy, earnings growth outlook, geopolitical risk, and heightened uncertainty regarding monetary policy. Volatility in both equity and fixed income markets has been gradually increasing, albeit with clear signs of technical support for both asset classes.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

» 2015 Mid-Year Update Webinar
Market Commentary, Webinars

Webinar Replay: Listen to the replay of our 2015 Mid-Year Update Webinar, hosted by the vice president of Wilshire Associates, Michael Schulitz, and presented by the CIO and managing director of Wilshire Funds, Josh Emanuel. Downloads of the slide presentation are also available.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

» Second Quarter 2015 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

Economic Highlights: Real GDP was down slightly during the first quarter of 2015, contracting -0.2%. Economic growth has slowed for the last two quarters after a two quarter surge in 2014. Although personal consumption growth was positive, exports contracted, as did state and local government spending.


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