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Market Commentary  27749
March, 2018 Data:

Part 1
FORECASTS

12 MONTH FORECAST
The 12 month forecast for the Wilshire 5000 Index is in the table at the top of
this page. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a Wilshire 5000 Stock Index of
28906. The table shows a HDTFA of 3331 which suggests that the April, 2019
Wilshire 5000 could easily close anywhere between 32237 and 25575. Links to
Forecasts for twenty-two other stock indexes may be found by clicking Stock
Market Forecast at the top of any page.

BULL MARKET or BEAR MARKET?
An updated primary trend forecast for the U.S. Stock Market is provided to
subscribers only. A time delayed primary trend forecast is provided to non
subscribers. Artificial Intelligence is used to forecast major turning points in the
broad U.S. Stock Market. The forecast is either a Bull Market Signal (up) or a
Bear Market Signal (down). This mathematical system performed very well in a
one hundred year backtest and also in real time since going live in 2005. To get
the forecast signal for the broad U.S Stock Market, click Stock Market Forecast
at the top of any page. Then select the Bull Market & Bear Market Forecast.

10 YEAR FORECAST
Forecast-Chart.com publishes a Ten Year Forecast for the Wilshire 5000 Stock
Index. The Ten Year Forecast estimates the probability that the Wilshire 5000
equity index will achieve certain gain or loss benchmarks at a point in time ten
years in the future. For example, look at the top line of the table immediately
below this paragraph. Forecast-Chart.com is forecasting a probability of 3%
that the Wilshire 5000 Index will be down at least 20% in 10 years (March, 2028
close compared to March, 2018 close).

                            PROBABILITY
Down at least 20%          3%
Down at least 10%          5%
Down                               10%
Up                                   90%
Up at least 10%               81%
Up at least 20%               73%
Up at least 30%               63%
Up at least 40%               55%
Up at least 50%               51%
Up at least 100%             23%
Up at least 150%             14%
Up at least 200%             2%



Over 110 YEARS of historical data was used to calculate the probabilities in the
table above.  Dividends are not included. So you must add expected dividends
to the forecasted gain to estimate the total return for the equities represented
by this index.  Each month, new data is entered into the forecasting model and
the Wilshire 5000 is assigned a rank from 1 to 10. The best rank is 10 and the
worst is 1. That ranking determines the Ten Year Forecast for the Wilshire
5000 Stock Index . The data used in the forecasting model is updated monthly
and may change the forecast, particularly after substantial movements in the
Wilshire 5000. The latest ranking of the Wilshire 5000 Index is 5.
Forecast-Chart.com publishes a 10 Year Forecast for 12 of the 23 stock market
indexes covered at Forecast-Chart.com. The index with the highest probability
of gaining over 200% in the next 10 years is the S&P TSX Index. The indexes
with the lowest probability of gaining over 200% in the next 10 years are the
S&P SmallCap 600, S&P MidCap 400,  Russell 2000, NASDAQ 100 and the
Dow Industrial Average. To see these forecasts, click the Stock Market
Forecast link at the top of any page, then select the index you are interested in.

The last time that the Wilshire 5000 Stock Index received the best rank (10) was
4/2009, when the Wilshire 5000 Index closed at 8963. The last time that the
Wilshire 5000 Stock Index received a rank of 9 was 11/2011, when the Wilshire
5000 Index closed at 12903. The last time that the Wilshire 5000 Stock Index
received the worst rank (1) was 10/2000, when the Wilshire 5000 Index closed
at 13253. The last time that the Wilshire 5000 Stock Index received a rank of 2
was 1/2001, when the Wilshire 5000 Index closed at 12691. Last month's close
for the Wilshire 5000 Stock Index is in the Market Highlights section below.




Part 2
MARKET HIGHLIGHTS

All Time High                          29237 (January, 2018)
March, 2018 close                 27117
Decline From All Time High     7%
10 Year Return                       103%
5 Year Low                             16864 (April, 2013)
Gain From 5 Year Low            61%

The highest all time monthly close in the Wilshire 5000 Index was 29237 in
January, of 2018. The March, 2018 close was 27117. That's a decline of 2120
points or 7% below the Wilshire 5000 Stock Index all time high.  The Wilshire
5000 Index is up 103% over the last 10 years. It has gained 10% over the last
12 months.

The March close was 579.43 points lower than the February, 2018 close of
27696, resulting in a 2.09% decline for March.

The 5 year market low for the Wilshire 5000 Stock Index was 16864 in April of
2013. The March, 2018 close at 27117.04 represents a 61% gain since April,
2013.

Forecast-Chart.com's historical research covers the Wilshire 5000 back to
November, 2000. All calculations are based on the monthly market close in the
Wilshire 5000 Index, excluding dividends.

This page provides a five year chart and a forecast for the Wilshire 5000 Stock
Index. For links to longer term charts, look at the links under the five year chart
(above). One link opens a ten year chart. Another opens our longest term
graph on the Wilshire 5000 Index. Just one glance at our long term charts can
provide tremendous insight into the historical trends of the financial markets.





























Part 3
ROLLING RETURNS, 2000 - 2018: Wilshire 5000 Index

Rolling Period          Last / Percentile          Best / Average / Worst
 1 Year                     10% / 48th                  53% / 7% / -44%
 2 Year                     28% / 71st                  87% / 15% / -48%
 4 Year                     36% / 47th                  114% / 32% / -37%
 8 Year                     123% / 84th               229% / 55% / -35%
 16 Year                   152% / 64th               180% / 133% / 67%

How do you read the table?
For example: Rolling 2 year period returns are shown on the second row. In the
latest rolling 2 year period, (4/2016 - 3/2018), the Wilshire 5000 Index returned
28%. That period scored in the 71st percentile, meaning that it scored better
than 71% of all rolling 2 year periods since 2000. The Best rolling 2 Year period
since 2000 returned 87%. The worst returned -48%. The average rolling 2 year
period returned 15%.

What is a rolling period?
It's an overlapping period in a data base. For example: In the 2 year period
included in 2000 - 2001, there are 13 complete rolling 12 Month Periods. The
first is January, 2000 - December, 2000. The second is February, 2000 -
January, 2001. The third is March, 2000 - February, 2001 and so on. The last
complete rolling 12 Month Period in the 2000 - 2001 period is January, 2001 -
December, 2001.

How is this information useful?
Best and worst case scenarios may be estimated based on historical facts.
Also, the relationship of the periods is sometimes very helpful. Suppose that the
worst rolling 8 year period in the last 50 years returned -30%. Suppose also
that the latest 4 year period has returned -50%. Market psychology at this point
may be one of great fear or possibly even panic. If the market stays flat for 4
more years, it will break the 8 year decline record by a whopping 20%! (-50%
minus -30% equals -20%.)  50 plus year records are not often broken. That
provides reason to hope that the market will recover that 20% over the next 4
years. If it does, then the 8 year loss will be 30%. The longest index histories
are found in the DJIA, FTSE 100 with FT 30, DJTA, DJUA, S&P 500, & NASDAQ
100

The number of periods in each category for the Wilshire 5000 Index are as
follows:
1 Year: 198
2 Year: 186
4 Year: 162
8 Year: 114
16 Year: 18

Dividends are not included.











Updated Wednesday, April 4, 2018.
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Target Month:
Forecast:
HDTFA:
April, 2019
28906
3331
 
Forecast for the monthly close of the Wilshire 5000 Stock Index for the
target month indicated.    See commentary and 10 year forecast below.