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The FT Wilshire 5000 continues to deliver strong long term real returns

September 6, 2022
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Equities are a long duration asset class and returns should be viewed via the prism of long-time horizons

Although recent volatility and inflation angst have produced negative nominal and real returns for the FT Wilshire 5000 over the last 12 months, it is worth remembering that equities are a long duration asset class and returns should be viewed via the prism of long-time horizons.

The chart and table below show the progression of FT Wilshire returns over the last 20 years. Real annualized returns have exceeded 7% over the five-,10- and 20-year periods.

Exhibit 1: The aggregate and annualized nominal and real total returns for the FT Wilshire 5000

The nominal return profile of the FT Wilshire 5000 style indices

In Exhibit 2, over a 20-year period small cap's annualized returns of 10.8% have exceeded the 9.8% delivered from large cap. However, small cap's annualized returns have lagged large cap returns over three-, five- and 10-year time frames.

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Philip Lawlor

Managing Director,  Market Research (Benchmarks)

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