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: Microsoft Corp. 7.5%, Micron Technology, Inc. 6.7%, Apple, Inc. 4.8%, WNS (Holdings) Ltd. ADR 4.7%, Facebook Inc., Class A 4.7%, Aspen Technology, Inc. 4.7%, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 4.4%, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ADR 4.2%, Euronet Worldwide, Inc. 3.8% and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. 3.7%.
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