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Russian Equity & Debt Exposure in iCM Strategies

The Russia/Ukraine conflict that has been evolving over the last few weeks has injected a high level of volatility into both equity and fixed income markets across the globe. Given these events, we feel it’s important to proactively communicate our strategies’ exposure to the conflict to our advisor partners in anticipation of client questions.

As of today’s market open, direct exposure to Russian equities and bonds was very low across all of iCM’s ETF and mutual fund strategies. In total, our strategies exhibited exposure to Russia of less the 1%, despite overweight positions in broad emerging markets equities and bonds. This may sound surprising given the perceived size of the Russian Federation, but in reality, their economy accounts for less than 2% of global GDP, and Russian equities hold less than a 3% weight in the benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets index.

That being said, we do anticipate some spillover effects as it relates to emerging markets currencies, as well European financial institutions. However, in total, iCM’s strategies have thus far weathered this storm quite well, benefitting from their broad diversification, a focus on value equities across the globe, and positions in broad-basket commodities, which have produced strong positive returns in 2022.

Please feel free to reach out to a member of the iCM Advisor Services team if you have any additional questions or concerns. As always, we thank you for your continued trust and confidence.

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