Active allocation: A world of ideas
Our Ivy Live panelists discuss the evolving investment landscape, including the recent U.S.-China trade escalation, and ideas to help guide allocation decisions.
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Top 10 Equity Holdings as a percent of net assets as of 12/31/2018: Microsoft Corp., 3.07%; Pfizer, Inc., 2.79%; Visa Inc., Class A, 1.85%; Coca-Cola Co., 1.84%; Amazon.com, Inc., 1.82; AIA Group Ltd., 1.73%; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 1.61%; Qualcomm, Inc., 1.58%; Airbus SE, 1.56%; Nestle S.A, 1.55%.
W. Jeffery Surles, CFA, became a co-portfolio manager on Feb. 5, 2018. Co-Portfolio Manager Cynthia Prince-Fox retired from the firm on April 30, 2018.
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