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Money Manager Spotlight: Legg Mason ClearBridge Multi-Cap Growth
By Gabriel F. Burczyk, President & Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee
We get asked all the time about money managers who have done well over the longer-term, and one that comes to mind is the Legg Mason ClearBridge Multi-Cap Growth
strategy. This could be one to consider now as part of your long-term
strategy. We believe many investors would be pleased to come across a
manager with a track record like this and we're happy to recommend it
This month's newsletter
will give you some insight into the strategy and people behind it in
plain and real terms, hopefully painting a picture of the manager you'll
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|MONEY MANAGER COMMENTARY|
Getting Back Into Equities and Issues to Watch
The Consumer's Slow Climb
Manager Lord Abbett looks at the health of American household finances
and suggests strategies to slowly improve their financial situation.
"American households have used the economic recovery to improve their
finances, considerably too. They have a long way to go, however, before
their balance sheets resemble anything like financial health. Though
just about every relevant financial ratio has improved - such as assets
to liabilities, debt to income, net worth to income - household finances
remain far from the comparatively sound state that prevailed in, say,
the mid-1990s, before the boom in household leverage got its start."
Click Here for Lord Abbett's Full Commentary
Government Shutdown Looming
Fargo looks at the government's ongoing debate about spending, taxes
and ultimately the 2011 budget. "The Federal government is operating
under temporary short-term spending authority because Congress has
failed to pass a budget for the current fiscal year ending in September
2011. If Congressional leaders cannot reach a budget compromise this
week, the government might be forced to shut down some activities."
Click Here for Wells Fargo's Commentary
Implications of a Falling US Dollar
manager Neuberger Berman analyzes the slow decline of the US dollar's
status among world currencies. "But is a declining dollar necessarily a
bad thing? And what are the potential consequences of a weak dollar?
Here are some broad observations about the impact of dollar valuation
change - assuming the dollar's value will decline - and what it means to
Click Here for Neuberger's Full Commentary
Strategies for Re-Entering Equity Markets
Chief Investment Officer of US Fundamental Equity Chris Leavy shares
his thoughts on re-entering the equity markets after The Lost Decade.
"Today, equities as an asset class are supported by strong corporate
balance sheets and earnings growth and are well positioned to return
significant value to investors over the coming years. Investors should
consider global multinational stocks with dividends for income and
exposure to emerging markets growth."
Click Here for the BlackRock's Full Commentary
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CEOs Looking for Ways to Increase Investor Returns
posting the biggest gain in profits since 1988, CEOs are making efforts
to increase their shareholder returns. Dividends, share buybacks and
takeovers are three ways they are attempting to accomplish this goal.
The S&P 500's
dividend yield is currently 1.84%, below the historical average of 2.3%
since 1971, suggesting it has room to rise. Ten companies in the S&P
500, including Cisco and WellPoint Inc., said they will start paying
dividends this year, the most for the first quarter since 2004.
The Share BuyBack
Achievers Index, which tracks US companies that have repurchased 5% of
their stock in the last 12 months, has climbed 6.3% this year, beating
the S&P 500's 4.5% gain. Approved share repurchases for S&P 500
companies topped $149.8 billion in the past three months, exceeding all
of 2009 and the $108.3 billion announced during the first three months
Takeovers topped $257
billion in the first quarter 2010, the most since September 2008. Two
notables are AT&T's $39 billion offer for Deutsche Telekom AG's
wireless unit, and Charles Schwab's purchase of OptionsXpress Holdings
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