Host: Talking about your specific fund, the Thrivent Mid Cap Value Fund, it’s weathered the storm over the Covid drawdown, but also across the 2021 bull market and the 2022 bear market. What was your approach to macro trends as you managed the Fund through market conditions? I mean, we’ve had so many different ones out there.
Wong: Right. So, the consistent theme over the last three years for us is stock selection drove most of our alpha, which is the way we want it to be. We really manage risk around the factors that you’re talking about. So, during Covid, for example, a lot of stocks were beaten down by the closing of the economy, and we went into stress testing these companies to look for opportunities. And we did similar analysis with airlines, hotels, and amusement parks in 2020.
In ’21, the bull market, again, we had strong stock selection, but that was driven by tech this time around. In ’22, the bear market, we beat in a down market as well. And one key there is, as you know, inflation was a big challenge on corporate profits in ’22‚ – this year as well – and we made sure that we owned companies with strong pricing power.