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Annual Report (with Fund Holdings) — December 31, 2020

As we can all attest, 2020 was an extremely challenging year. After the initial economic shock of the springtime shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. economy recovered substantially from March and April lows. November’s momentous news of two effective vaccines buoyed hopes and signaled a light at the end of the tunnel. The news came on the heels of another development: the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Along with the critically important support from the Federal Reserve and fiscal stimulus packages, these factors drove markets higher with stocks closing the year at record highs. Bond markets posted moderate gains, capping off a strong year. U.S. Treasury rates remained at historic lows, with modestly higher yields for longer-dated bond issues. The Federal Reserve’s near-zero rates are likely to remain in place for years.

Manager Commentary

Our Perspectives: Navigating a New Year Our Outlook for 2021

2020 was an unprecedented year, and it’s fair to say that 2021 will also be a year like no other. Here, we take a look at the state of the economy and investment markets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused tragic loss of life and stinging economic pain for so many Americans. With two effective vaccines already entering arms, the shape of 2021 is starting to come into focus. Here’s our take on what the year ahead could hold.