The Fed shifts on inflation – What does it mean?
The Fed unveiled a revision to its monetary policy, allowing for higher inflation to help support the labor market. We believe this action could keep interest rates low for years.
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Top 10 equity holdings as a percent of net assets (%) as of 06/30/2020: Marathon Petroleum Corp. 5.3, Phillips 66 5.3, Valero Energy Corp. 5.2, WEX, Inc. 4.2, Hess Corp. 4.1, Pioneer Natural Resources Co. 4.0, Cactus, Inc. 3.9, Concho Resources, Inc. 3.8, Exxon Mobil Corp. 3.4 and Chevron Corp. 3.4.
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