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Julie Gerron General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Brian Casey President & Chief Executive Officer
Terry Forbes Chief Financial Officer
Mac Sykes Gabelli
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Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the Westwood Holdings Group Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speakers’ presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, today's program is being recorded. And now I'd like to introduce your host for today's program Julie Gerron, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. ahead. go Please

Julie Gerron

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Brian Casey

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Terry Forbes

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Operator

our Instructions] from line Gabelli. first And of [Operator the question from comes Mac Sykes

please. question Your

Mac Sykes

afternoon, Good everyone.

Brian Casey

Good afternoon, Mac.

Mac Sykes

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Brian Casey

Yes.

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Mac Sykes

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Brian Casey

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to that months. which investment perform one line So business and marked it as other their have a investments we with up certainly, to grow expect are business in as long fintech past already in would is continues flourish, that's And six that value could that in how we the continues doing, doing.

Mac Sykes

you. thank Great,

Operator

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Brian Casey

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if So, please Terry everybody to to thank call, I our to at or our out want taking either reach listen and westwoodgroup.com, website me questions. you have visit for or to additional the time

Operator

This the and does your ladies program. gentlemen conclude you, in Thank for participation today's conference.

You now day. Good may disconnect.