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Stadion Tactical Growth Fund Commentary December 2020

January 11, 2021

December’s robust market action drove the major U.S. indexes solidly up for the month and investors in international markets saw positive moves as well. Congress passed a long-awaited additional stimulus package, and the Federal Reserve has maintained its policy of keeping rates low and continues to anticipate no changes until at least 2023.

While no one can predict where markets will turn next, these are encouraging signs of economic backstop and accommodation that lend support to a position of cautious optimism.

Tactical Growth’s allocation to start December was 74.5% U.S. Equity, 5% Materials, 10.5% Fixed-Income, 2.5% Precious Metals, and 7.5% Money Market.  On December 1 we lowered our cash/money market holdings and added a 5% position in Japan.  On the 14th we made a lateral move out of Basic Materials and into Small Cap Value with 5% of the portfolio. 

On the 22nd we moved the last half-percent of our excess cash into our already existing position in Small Cap Value.  We ended the month and 2020 with 81% U.S. Equities, 5% International Equities, 9.5% Fixed Income, 2.5% Gold Miners, and 2% Cash.  We are fully invested, and our process has moved the portfolio towards the value side of the U.S. equity market.  We will continue to monitor our internal rankings and adjust the portfolio as guided by our process.

For December, the Stadion Tactical Growth Fund Class I returned 4.23% versus its benchmark Morningstar Moderately Aggressive Target Risk which returned 3.94%.

To view the most recent performance for the Stadion Tactical Growth Fund, click here.

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There are risks associated with the potential investment of the Fund’s assets in fixed income investments which include credit risk, interest rate risk, and maturity risk among others. These risks could affect the value of investments of the Fund, possibly causing the Fund’s share price and total return to be reduced and fluctuate more than other types of investments. Additional information about fixed income risks can be found in the Fund’s statement of additional information (“SAI”). Investment Objective: Seek long-term capital appreciation.

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