TCW Relative Value Large Cap Fund

Quarterly Commentary

December 31, 2018

Investment Environment

The combination of tense trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, signs of slowing global economic growth, interest rate hike jitters, and the prospect of a protracted U.S. government shutdown triggered a dramatic sell-off in equities in the fourth quarter. Before being upended by the worst December since 1931, October’s S&P 500 performance was the worst month in more than seven years accompanied by a rare simultaneous decline in bond prices. U.S. equities bounced back in November though the road was bumpy. While the same causes that led to the sharp decline in October (and again in December) still hovered, investors had reasons to be optimistic. Early in the quarter, the Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed robust jobs growth in October along with 3.1% (year-over-year) wage growth and the unemployment rate at 3.7%, close to a fifty-year low. Stocks then got a big boost upon the outcome of the midterm elections which resulted in the Democrats taking back control of the House of Representatives. Equities got a further lift after Britain and the European Union agreed on a Brexit deal, though Prime Minister Theresa May postponed her country’s early December Parliamentary vote as indications suggested it would most likely be rejected. The markets rallied after Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s speech on November 28 to the Economics Club of New York. However, November’s rosier outlook dissipated in December with fears of the Fed maintaining its independence, U.S. cabinet level/military disagreements, a partial U.S. government shutdown, and the looming March 1st U.S./China truce deadline...

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