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Sit ESG Growth Fund

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Market Commentary
November 9, 2020

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 Index and NASDAQ Indices all suffered their worst weekly losses since March to end October, resulting in all major U.S. large cap equity indices registering negative returns for the month. Concerns over a slowdown in global growth driven by failed attempts at U.S. fiscal stimulus, increasing coronavirus cases in the U.S. and Europe, a return to lockdown measures in Europe and mounting uncertainties over the U.S. election all contributed to the late-month sell-off in global equities.

While equites will likely remain volatile in the short-to-intermediate term in what is a highly complex investment environment, we remain positive over the intermediate-to-longer term as the economy has been resilient and progress on a vaccine continues.   Most experts are expecting a vaccine to be widely available within 12 months.  Monetary policy also will remain accommodative and U.S. fiscal policy will likely remain stimulative, although with the Senate appearing to remain under Republican control, the magnitude of fiscal stimulus will likely be more targeted and smaller than what was previously being discussed under a “Blue-Wave” election scenario.  While governments have understandably tightened virus restrictions to control the latest surge in COVID cases, they are unlikely to return to the extreme measures taken in March.

Although equity markets initially responded positively to the U.S. election of November 3rd, we anticipate significant volatility in weeks ahead. Several election races (particularly in the U.S. Senate) are still in flux, creating near-term uncertainty around tax and fiscal policies. In addition, COVID19 infections have been intensifying and more state by state restrictions are looming, but we remain hopeful of positive vaccine developments as trials proceed. Against this backdrop, diversification, growth, valuation discipline, and quality remain the key elements of our investment strategy.

For our latest full Global Investment Outlook & Strategy Update, download the .pdf document.

Sit Mutual Funds will continue to operate at the highest level during this outbreak, and we invite you to contact us with questions or concerns. You can reach us at 800-332-5580 or email us at info@sitinvest.com.  We will continue to post updates about market and economic developments on our website at www.sitfunds.com.

Sit Investment Associates – Current Operations

During this disruption, we have three primary goals: 1) Do what we can to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and their families, 2) Continue to research and actively manage investment portfolios pursuant to our client’s objectives, and 3) Serve our clients by staying focused on their long-term goals.

Operationally, we have implemented our work from home procedures to accommodate the need of certain colleagues to be at home and to do our part to support the virus mitigation efforts.  Our associates are returning to work in accordance with government health and safety guidelines.  We are fully operational – effectively making investment decisions, executing and settling trades, maintaining client account records, and communicating with clients.

Conditions are changing quickly, and it is possible that our receipt of mail through the United States Postal Service could at times be delayed.  We recommend that shareholders conduct transactions online at www.sitfunds.com and select the Account Access option under the Account Management drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Please call us if you have any questions.

Thank you for investing with Sit Investment Associates.

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Thanksgiving Holiday

Sit Mutual Funds will be closed on Thursday, November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Transactions received after 3:00 p.m., Central Time on Wednesday, November 25th will be processed on Friday, November 27th due to the close of the New York Stock Exchange on November 26th.

Sit Mutual Fund investor service representatives will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.  Due to the early close of the New York Stock Exchange, transactions received after Noon, Central Time on Friday will be processed on Monday, November 30th.

2020 Capital Gain
Distribution Estimates

Mutual funds are required to distribute net realized capital gains and income each year. These distributions will be paid this year on December 17th (to shareholders of record on December 16th). This year’s distribution amount estimates are available by clicking here.