SOURCE: ALPS Advisors, Inc.

ALPS Advisors, Inc.

October 16, 2014 17:10 ET

Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund September 2014 Update

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Oct 16, 2014) - Below is the September 2014 Monthly Update for the Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund. (NYSE: USA)

   
Liberty All-Star Equity Fund Monthly Update
Ticker: USA September, 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      
    (32.2% of equity portfolio)      
    (Rank from previous month)      
1   JPMorgan Chase & Co. (2)   2.4%  
2   Google, Inc. (1)   2.3%  
3   Schlumberger Ltd. (3)   2.2%  
4   Salesforce.com, Inc. (4)   2.1%  
5   Bank of America Corp. (6)   1.9%  
6   Citigroup, Inc. (5)   1.8%  
7   Starbucks Corp. (7)   1.6%  
8   Visa, Inc., Class A (9)   1.6%  
9   Hewlett-Packard Co. (8)   1.5%  
10   State Street Corp. (15)   1.5%  
11   SunTrust Banks, Inc. (12)   1.5%  
12   American International Group, Inc. (11)   1.4%  
13   Amazon.com, Inc. (14)   1.4%  
14   MetLife, Inc. (13)   1.4%  
15   Weatherford International Ltd. (10)   1.3%  
16   QUALCOMM, Inc. (17)   1.3%  
17   Precision Castparts Corp. (16)   1.3%  
18   Microsoft Corp. (19)   1.3%  
19   Marriott International, Inc., Class A (20)   1.2%  
20   Devon Energy Corp. (18)   1.2%  
    Holdings are subject to change.      
           
           
           
Monthly Performance  
Performance NAV Market Price Discount
Beginning of month value $6.87 $5.99 12.8%
Distributions - -  
End of month value $6.66 $5.83 12.5%
Performance for month -3.06% -2.67%  
Performance year-to-date 4.39% 2.71%  
       

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, after deducting Fund expenses. The Fund's performance is calculated assuming that a shareholder reinvested all distributions. 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 $1,186.9    
Equities $1,154.9    
Percent Invested 97.3%    
       
Sector Breakdown (% of equity portfolio)*      
  Financials   28.1%  
  Information Technology   19.6%  
  Consumer Discretionary   16.9%  
  Energy   13.4%  
  Health Care   10.6%  
  Industrials   6.1%  
  Consumer Staples   4.5%  
  Materials   0.7%  
  Utilities   0.1%  
  Total Market Value   100.0%  
*Based on Standard & Poor's and MSCI Barra Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS).    
     
New Holdings   Holdings Liquidated
  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.     Fluor Corp.
  Ross Stores, Inc.     KeyCorp
  Time Warner Cable, Inc.     The TJX Cos., Inc.
      WPX Energy, Inc.

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