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The global public equity markets generated strong performance during 2017, buoyed by synchronized global economic growth and a solid rebound in corporate earnings. Diversifying asset classes such as alternatives posted mixed results, generally lagging the robust performance of the broader public equity markets. Hedge funds generated positive absolute performance through 2017, with the HFRI Fund Weighted Composite Index delivering its strongest calendar year performance since 2013 as many managers found opportunities on both the long and short sides of the portfolio. Commodity-related investments faced strong headwinds throughout 2017 following largely strong performance in 2016. Illiquid strategies, including private equity and private real estate, have performed well on an absolute basis but failed to keep pace with the resilient performance of liquid peers during the one-year ending September 30, 2017.
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