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Investment Policy Outlook

The third quarter of 2017 saw a continuation of many of the positive forces that began earlier in the year, with low volatility and modest gains across most equity benchmarks and strategies.  Technology continued to stand out, as perceived and actual growth drove share price gains of many of the largest tech companies.  The expansion and concentration of market capitalization has made for a market in which a relatively small number of companies are responsible for outsized portions of the gains in such indexes as the S&P 500 and many large cap growth strategies.[1]  We would prefer to see more breadth to the market, with more sectors and companies contributing to performance.  The Federal Reserve remains generally accommodating, maintaining interest rates at low absolute levels by historic standards.  However, the Fed has indicated that it will begin later this year to…


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