Wilshire's Trust Universe Comparison Service Shows Median Loss of Just Under One Percent in the 1st Quarter for All Master Trusts

Santa Monica, California, UNITED STATES


SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 5, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- The median performance of master trusts was down -0.85 percent in the first quarter of 2005, but up 7.2 percent for the last 12 months, according to the results of the Trust Universe Comparison Service(R) (TUCS(R)), a cooperative effort between Wilshire Analytics, the investment technology unit of Wilshire Associates, and custodial organizations. With 350 plan participants representing approximately $2 trillion in assets, TUCS is the most widely accepted benchmark for the performance of institutional assets and includes data from corporate and public plans as well as endowments and foundations.

Master trusts with assets greater than $1 billion performed slightly better with a median loss of -0.69 percent during the first quarter and up 7.80 percent for the last four quarters. Public funds median performance was down -0.90 percent for the quarter, but up 6.96 percent for the last 12 months while corporate funds showed a median loss of -0.87 percent for the quarter with a gain of 7.44 percent for the year. For those with assets greater than $1 billion, public funds median performance decreased by -0.73 percent for the quarter and up 7.39 percent for the last four quarters while corporate funds showed a median loss of -0.57 percent for the quarter and a gain of 8.34 percent for the year.

TUCS reports the rates of return for the time periods ending March 31, 2005 are as follows (returns for periods greater than one year are annualized). The asset allocation figures are also as of March 31, 2005:


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    PERFORMANCE                                    ASSET ALLOCATION
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                           All Master Trusts
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 One Quarter = -0.85%                      Equities = 62.82%
 One Year = 7.20                           Bonds = 27.12
 Three Years = 6.79                        Cash = 3.73
                                           Convertibles = 0.0
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.0
                                           Real Estate 0.0
                                           Venture Capital = 1.16
                                           Other = 0.0

                           Corporate Funds
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 One Quarter = -0.87%                      Equities = 63.65%
 One Year = 7.44                           Bonds = 27.65
 Three Years = 6.81                        Cash = 3.93
                                           Convertibles = 0.0
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.0
                                           Real Estate 0.0
                                           Venture Capital = 0.20
                                           Other = 0.0

                             Public Funds
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 One Quarter = -0.90%                      Equities = 61.42%
 One Year = 6.96                           Bonds = 29.6
 Three Years = 6.73                        Cash = 3.57
                                           Convertibles = 0.01
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.0
                                           Real Estate 0.04
                                           Venture Capital = 0.24
                                           Other = 0.0

                      Foundations and Endowments
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 One Quarter = -0.56%                      Equities = 62.81
 One Year = 7.85                           Bonds = 17.47
 Three Years = 7.47                        Cash =  4.67
                                           Convertibles = 0.00
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.00
                                           Real Estate = 0.00
                                           Venture Capital = 10.94
                                           Other = 0.00


        All Master Trusts with Assets Greater than $1 billion
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 One Quarter = -0.69%                      Equities = 61.28%
 One Year = 7.80                           Bonds = 26.75
 Three Years = 7.09                        Cash = 4.03
                                           Convertibles = 0.02
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.0
                                           Real Estate 0.42
                                           Venture Capital = 2.91
                                           Other = 0.0


         Corporate Funds with Assets Greater than $1 billion
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 One Quarter = -0.57%                      Equities = 61.28%
 One Year = 8.34                           Bonds = 26.17
 Three Years = 7.43                        Cash = 4.03
                                           Convertibles = 0.02
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.0
                                           Real Estate 1.83
                                           Venture Capital = 3.64
                                           Other = 0.0

           Public Funds with Assets Greater than $1 billion
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 One Quarter = -0.73%                      Equities = 60.97%
 One Year = 7.39                           Bonds = 27.44
 Three Years = 6.83                        Cash = 3.55
                                           Convertibles = 0.02
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.0
                                           Real Estate 0.17
                                           Venture Capital = 1.24
                                           Other = 0.01

       Foundations and Endowments with Greater than $1 billion
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 One Quarter = -0.58%                      Equities = 61.57%
 One Year = 8.00                           Bonds = 20.55
 Three Years = 7.71                        Cash = 2.64
                                           Convertibles = 0.00
                                           GIC/GAC = 0.00
                                           Real Estate = 0.08
                                           Venture Capital = 10.94
                                           Other = 0.00
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About Wilshire Associates

Wilshire Associates is a leading global investment technology, investment consulting and investment management firm with four business units including Wilshire Analytics, Wilshire Funds Management, Wilshire Consulting, and Wilshire Private Markets.

The firm was founded in 1972, revolutionizing the industry by pioneering the application of investment analytics and research to investment management for the institutional marketplace. Wilshire also is credited with helping to develop the field of quantitative investment analysis that uses mathematical tools to analyze market risks. All other business units evolved from Wilshire's strong analytics foundation. Wilshire developed the index now known as the Dow Jones Wilshire 5000 Composite Index, the first asset/liability models for pension funds, the first U.S. equity style metrics work and many other "firsts" as the firm grew to more than 300 employees serving the investment needs of institutional and high net worth clients around the world.

Based in Santa Monica, CA, Wilshire provides services to clients in more than 20 countries representing in excess of 600 organizations with assets totaling more than $12.5 trillion. With eight offices on four continents, Wilshire Associates and its affiliates are dedicated to providing clients with the highest quality counsel, products and services. Trust Universe Comparison Service(R) and TUCS(R) are registered service marks of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, Santa Monica, California. For more information go to www.wilshire.com.



        

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