2021 Midyear Outlook: Navigating through the recovery
Listen in as we discuss our outlook on the US recovery and the Federal Reserve’s new framework, including its impact on inflation, interest rates and growth.
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Top 10 holdings as a percent of net assets as of 3/31/2021: State Street Institutional U.S. Government Money Market Fund – 4.2%; iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF – 2.8%; New Cotai Participation Corp., Class B – 2.4%; Staples, Inc., 7.5%, 4/15/2026 – 2.3%; Olympus Merger Sub, Inc., 8.5%, 10/15/2025 – 2.2%; NFP Corp., 6.9%, 8/15/2028 – 2.1%; PAE Holding Corp., 5.3%, 10/19/2027 – 1.7%; West Corp., 5.0%, 10/10/2024 – 1.6%; Altice France Holding S.A., 10.5%, 5/15/2027 – 1.6%; Comstock Escrow Corp., 9.8%, 8/15/2026 – 1.3%
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