Meristem’s investment platform began broadly allocating to passive exposures roughly 12 years ago and it remains a bedrock to our U.S. equity exposure. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook are some of the largest positions we have across the firm. While we continue to admire these companies and their recent performance, we are also monitoring potential investment challenges that may lie ahead.  

Aspects such as concentration risk, crowding investor flows and increasing return spread between the average company and the top handful of names are all worth paying attention to. We believe investment cycles happen, and while history does not necessarily repeat itself, it often rhymes. It's why it’s important to have a historical perspective and disciplined process that complements our passive index exposures with flexible active managers in the cycle ahead.
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