Long-term investors should look beyond stock market volatility
Market volatility can be unsettling, but history shows that prices have returned to less volatile patterns over time. That can be good news for long-term investors.
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Top 10 Equity Holdings as a percent of net assets as of 06/30/2018: Halliburton Co., 6.06%; EOG Resources, Inc., 4.19%; Phillips 66, 3.82%; Chevron Corp., 3.65%; Schlumberger Ltd., 3.23%; Parsley Energy Inc., Class A, 3.21%; BHP Billiton Ltd., 3.04%; Core Laboratories N.V., 3.03%; Rio Tinto PLC, 3.00%; Union Pacific Corp., 2.90%.
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