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The quarter was marked alternatively by fears of economic slowdown and exuberance over a potential interest rate cut from the Fed.
Even though the U.S. 10-year bond rate fell 40 basis points to 2.0%, inverting the yield curve, small cap banks outperformed REITs and matched utilities, which are both considered bond proxies.
We plan to remain broadly diversified and to resist the temptation to express a macro view in our portfolio. That would require us to be right not only about future rates, but also about how the market would react to them.