Thursday, November 4, 2021

Wilshire Investment Strategy Update - Fourth Quarter 2021

In this quarter’s Investment Strategy Update, we discuss economic growth, employment conditions, inflation, valuations, and sentiment, and we provide a summary of our positioning, rationale and supporting exhibits. Global securities markets delivered muted returns in the third quarter, apart from commodities, where energy prices continued to surge on higher demand and a shortage of supply. Third quarter global economic data indicated that the global expansion slowed, as the U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 2.0%. While personal consumption remains strong with spending on services continuing to rise at a consistent pace during the quarter, a global chip shortage has impacted multiple industries, most notably motor vehicles. There is also mounting friction in the employment market, and higher energy prices and rising rents may begin to weigh on disposable income. Wilshire continues to see inflation as a notable risk, and the evolution of financial conditions in response to monetary policy will likely have implications on market leadership across the investment landscape. The environment is evolving quickly and may be met with higher levels of volatility in both fixed income and equity markets.
Wilshire Investment Strategy Update — Fourth Quarter 2021
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