SOURCE: ALPS Advisors, Inc.

ALPS Advisors, Inc.

April 10, 2014 13:57 ET

Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund March 2014 Monthly Update

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Apr 10, 2014) - Below is the March 2014 Monthly Update for the Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund. (NYSE: USA)

     
     
Liberty All-Star Equity Fund   Monthly Update
  Ticker: USA   March, 2014
Investment Approach    
     
Fund Style: Large-Cap Core    
     
Fund Strategy: Combines three value-style and two growth-style investment managers. Those selected demonstrate a consistent investment philosophy, decision making process, continuity of key people and above-average long-term results compared to managers with similar styles.
     
Investment Managers:    
Value Managers:    
Matrix Asset Advisors, Inc.    
Pzena Investment Management, LLC    
Schneider Capital Management Corporation    
     
Growth Managers:    
Cornerstone Capital Management LLC    
TCW Investment Management Company    
         
Top 20 Holdings at Month-End    
    (31.5% of equity portfolio)    
    (Rank from previous month)    
1   Google, Inc., Class A (1)   2.3%
2   JPMorgan Chase & Co. (2)   2.3%
3   Schlumberger Ltd. (3)   2.2%
4   Salesforce.com, Inc. (4)   2.0%
5   Bank of America Corp. (5)   1.8%
6   Hewlett-Packard Co. (7)   1.7%
7   Citigroup, Inc. (8)   1.7%
8   SunTrust Banks, Inc. (9)   1.6%
9   Amazon.com, Inc. (6)   1.5%
10   MetLife, Inc. (11)   1.5%
11   Starbucks Corp. (13)   1.4%
12   QUALCOMM, Inc. (12)   1.4%
13   Visa, Inc., Class A (10)   1.4%
14   Devon Energy Corp. (15)   1.3%
15   American International Group, Inc. (16)   1.3%
16   State Street Corp. (23)   1.3%
17   Microsoft Corp. (18)   1.2%
18   Precision Castparts Corp. (21)   1.2%
19   Weatherford International Ltd. (17)   1.2%
20   TE Connectivity Ltd. (20)   1.2%
    Holdings are subject to change.    
       
       
Monthly Performance  
Performance NAV Market Price Discount
  Beginning of month value $6.70 $5.99 10.6%
  Distributions - -  
  End of month value $6.67 $5.88 11.8%
  Performance for month -0.45% -1.84%  
  Performance year-to-date 1.11% 0.18%  
 
The net asset value (NAV) of a closed-end fund is the market value of the underlying investments (i.e., stocks and bonds) in the Fund's portfolio, minus liabilities, divided by the total number of Fund shares outstanding. However, the Fund also has a market price; the value at which it trades on an exchange. If the market price is above the NAV the Fund is trading at a premium. If the market price is below the NAV the Fund is trading at a discount.

Returns for the Fund are total returns, which include dividends. Performance returns are net of fees and expenses. The Fund's performance is calculated assuming that a shareholder reinvested all distributions and exercised all primary rights in the Fund's rights offerings. Past performance cannot predict future investment results.

Performance will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown. Performance information shown does not reflect the deduction of taxes that shareholders would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Shareholders must be willing to tolerate significant fluctuations in the value of their investment. An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of principal. Sources of distributions to shareholders may include net investment income, net realized short-term capital gains, net realized long-term capital gains and return of capital. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund's investment experience during the remainder of its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. If a distribution includes anything other than net investment income, the fund provides a Section 19(a) notice of the best estimate of its distribution sources at that time, available at www.all-starfunds.com. These estimates may not match the final tax characterization (for the full year's distributions) contained in shareholders' 1099-DIV forms after the end of the year.
 
Net Assets at Month-End ($millions)    
  Total $1,176.8    
  Equities $1,141.8    
  Percent Invested 97.0%    
       
Sector Breakdown (% of equity portfolio)*     
  Financials   28.1%  
  Information Technology   17.9%  
  Consumer Discretionary   15.3%  
  Energy   14.5%  
  Health Care   10.8%  
  Industrials   6.7%  
  Consumer Staples   4.6%  
  Materials   1.6%  
  Utilities   0.5%  
Total Market Value   100.0%  
*Based on Standard & Poor's and MSCI Barra Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS).      
     
     
New Holdings   Holdings Liquidated
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.   Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.
Illumina, Inc.   Citrix Systems, Inc.
Kate Spade & Co.   Genworth Financial, Inc., Class A
Office Depot, Inc.   Joy Global, Inc.
Pharmacyclics, Inc.   Praxair, Inc.
Symantec Corp.   Triumph Group, Inc.
    WellPoint, Inc.
     

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