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 equity holdings as a percent of net assets as of 03/31/2021: Merck KGaA 2.4%; Volkswagen AG 2.3%; Roche Holdings AG, Genusscheine 2.1%; Carrefour S.A. 2.0%; Airbus SE 2.0%; WPP Group plc 1.9%; Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 1.8%; Legal & General Group plc 1.8%; DNB ASA 1.7%; and ENGIE 1.7%.
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