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Wilshire Liquid Alternatives Index up 0.98% in April

Friday, May 17, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Index returned 0.98 per cent in April, outperforming the 0.66 per cent monthly return of the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index.

"April marked a continuation of gains across risk assets, buoyed by economic growth, low volatility and a favourable credit environment," said Jason Schwarz, President of Wilshire Funds Management and Wilshire Analytics.

"As a result, equity and credit markets were accommodative, offering a favourable environment to generate positive risk-adjusted returns," he added.

The Wilshire Liquid Alternative Global Macro Index and the Wilshire Liquid Alternative Equity Hedge Index were the best performers this month, returning 1.50% and 1.42%, respectively.

However, the Wilshire Liquid Alternative Relative Value Index was the biggest underperformer in April, returning 0.54%.

According to Wilshire report, domestic equity markets were positive in April, as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market Index and the S&P 500 Index returned 4.01% and 4.05%, respectively.

Meanwhile, developed international equity markets, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, returned 2.81% this month.

Europe continued to lead developed international equity markets, with the MSCI Europe Index returning 3.57%. Japan has lagged international equity markets year to date, with the MSCI Japan Index returning 1.39% and 8.14% in April and year to date, respectively.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index gained 2.11% in Apr......................

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