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THIRD QUARTER 2020 REVIEW

The S&P 500 index finished the third quarter up a solid +8.5%, even with a choppy September. Together with Q2, the S&P 500 has risen by almost +30% in six months, delivering its best two-quarter performance since 2009. Meanwhile, tech shares continue to be the darlings of the recovery—the Technology sector was up +12.0% in Q3 and is leading all sectors for the year with a +28.7% return. With technology making up over 20% of the S&P 500, and with a handful of tech stocks leading the charge higher, it is increasingly important for active managers to identify and overweight market leaders.

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SECOND QUARTER 2020 REVIEW

The first half of 2020 was one of the strangest, most unpredictable starts to a year anyone has ever experienced—no matter what generation you are from. The pandemic triggered a black swan economic event, where for the first time in history, the entire global economy was forcibly shut down. Stocks immediately repriced the risk of a major economic downturn, but prices have also snapped back quickly with extraordinary stimulus measures and gradual economic reopening. The S&P 500 posted its best quarter (+20.5%) in over 20 years, bringing its year-to-date total return to -0.88%1.

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FIRST QUARTER 2020 REVIEW

As we mentioned in our fourth quarter 2019 review, our biggest economic concerns to start the new year were geopolitical conflict with Iran and a messy run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

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