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Thursday, April 18, 2019

» Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index Gains 0.60% in March
News/Press Releases

SANTA MONICA, CA, APRIL 16, 2019—The Wilshire Liquid Alternative IndexSM, which provides a representative baseline for how the broad liquid alternative investment category performs, returned 0.60% in March, outperforming the -0.17% 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.

Friday, April 12, 2019

» First Quarter 2019 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

This marks the strongest quarter for U.S. equities since 2009, when the market was rebounding from the 2008 recession. Concerns about global growth were dwarfed by the Fed’s updated forecast for no rate increases in 2019 and a looser stance on unwinding quantitative easing enacted during the recovery.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

» Investment Strategy Update, February 2019
Alternatives, Commentary

Discipline Outperforms Emotion: Global investor sentiment deteriorated in the fourth quarter of 2018, and the trend lower in risk assets escalated during the month of December as restrictive monetary policy began to weigh on sentiment and risk. Over the past two years, the Federal Reserve has been gradually and judiciously implementing a path to raising interest rates as the economy has demonstrated signs of stable economic growth. In 2018, the U.S. economy largely benefited from sizable tax cuts, predominantly in corporate taxes, which not only boosted corporate earnings but facilitated strong economic growth. It has yet to be seen, however, if the benefit of lower taxes will persist into 2019 and beyond, particularly in the face of tighter monetary policy.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

» Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Commentary
Market Commentary, Commentary

This marks the worst quarter for U.S. equities since 2011 and the first down year since the credit crisis sell-off of 2008. The Index had been down by double digits for the year in late December before gaining nearly 7% during the final few trading days. Concerns of an economic slowdown weighed on stock prices, as did fears that additional rate increases by the Federal Reserve could weaken future prospects for economic growth.


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