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Investment Update: Spring 2021

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In January, equity markets failed to carry the momentum gained in the latter months of 2020, but the months of February and March posted positive returns. The first quarter ended in a starkly different manner than the same period last year. As of March 31, 2021, and 2020, the S&P 500 posted a quarterly return of 6.18% and -19.60%, respectively. With the roll-out of vaccines and continued monetary policy, the outlook for 2021 remains strong.

The Foundation continues to maintain a 65% equity allocation in the Long-Term Portfolio, as domestic equity valuations remain high.

Investment update spring 2021

The allocation is divided 60/40 between value and growth and favors international equities with a 56% allocation over 44% allocated to domestic equities.

The portfolio’s cash tactical target decreased from 16% to 14%, but should continue to provide sufficient flexibility in volatile periods. By choosing low cost, high quality investments, maintaining a disciplined investment model and reviewing guidance from the South Dakota Investment Council, the Foundation’s Investment Committee has positioned the portfolio well for the future.