LIBERTY ALL-STAR® GROWTH FUND

Period Ended March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

Fund Statistics

1st Quarter 2020

Net Asset Value (NAV)

$5.03

Market Price

$4.65

Discount

-7.6%

Distribution*

$0.13

Market Price Trading Range

$3.90 to $7.13

Premium/(Discount) Range

11.8% to -9.5%

 

Performance

 

Shares Valued at NAV with Dividends Reinvested

-17.12%

Shares Valued at Market Price with Dividends Reinvested

-27.04%

Dow Jones Industrial Average

-22.73%

Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Mutual Fund Average

-15.55%

NASDAQ Composite Index

-13.95%

Russell Growth Benchmark

-19.45%

S&P 500® Index

-19.60%

 

 

*

Sources of distributions to shareholders may include ordinary dividends, long-term capital gains and return of capital. The final determination of the source of all distributions in 2020 for tax reporting purposes will be made after year end. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. Based on current estimates no portion of the distributions consist of a return of capital. Pursuant to Section 852 of the Internal Revenue Code, the taxability of this distribution will be reported on Form 1099-DIV for 2020.

 

Performance returns for the Fund are total returns, which include dividends. Returns are net of management fees and other Fund expenses.

 

The return shown for the Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Mutual Fund Average is based on open-end mutual funds’ total returns, which include dividends, and are net of fund expenses. Returns for the unmanaged Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ Composite Index, the Russell Growth Benchmark and the S&P 500® Index are total returns, including dividends. A description of the Lipper benchmark and the market indices can be found on page 17.

 

Past performance cannot predict future results. Performance will fluctuate with market conditions. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown. Performance information does not reflect the deduction of taxes that shareholders would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of principal.

 

Closed-end funds raise money in an initial public offering and shares are listed and traded on an exchange. Open-end mutual funds continuously issue and redeem shares at net asset value. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to net asset value. The price of the Fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the Fund. Therefore, the Fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value.

 
 

Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

President’s Letter

 

(Unaudited)

 

Fellow Shareholders:

April 2020

 

It took an exogenous event outside the worlds of business, finance, economics, markets and geopolitics to bring an end to the 11-year bull market that began on March 9, 2009. When the end came, it came swiftly: It took just 19 trading sessions for the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) to fall 20 percent from its record high on February 12, a rapid slide not witnessed since 1931. The downdraft was an even faster 16 trading days for both the S&P 500® Index and the NASDAQ Composite Index.

 

It is difficult to remember that the year got off to a good start. In January the DJIA closed above 29,000 for the first time, new home starts rose to their highest level in 13 years and the U.S. added a robust 225,000 jobs. The weakness first appeared in late January when markets edged lower and nudged the DJIA into negative territory for the month. By mid-February, concerns about the coronavirus began to mount and volatility set in as investors tried to assess possible impacts.

 

The damage was done in March. Seeking to get ahead of the fallout from an eroding economy, the Federal Reserve on March 3 cut its key fed funds rate by half a percentage point to a range of 1.0 to 1.25 percent, representing the first Fed rate cut between scheduled meetings since the financial crisis in 2008. Meanwhile, the price of oil declined 25 percent as Russia refused to trim production levels in response to virus-depressed demand and Saudi Arabia signaled that it would ramp up its own output. Yet another problem added to investors’ concerns—a liquidity squeeze the likes of which had not been seen since the Lehman failure. In a flight to cash, everything was sold—not only stocks, but also non-government bonds, gold and commodities—and currency volatility soared as demand for U.S. dollars spiked.

 

With stocks down so much so quickly, there were rallies late in the quarter. On March 24, the DJIA recorded its biggest point gain ever and its biggest percentage gain since 1933—2,113 points or 11.4 percent. On March 26, the S&P 500® recorded its largest three-day advance in nine decades. Nevertheless, stocks tumbled again on the last day of the month and at quarter’s end the S&P 500® was down 19.60 percent and the DJIA was 22.73 percent lower. The NASDAQ Composite fared the best on a relative basis, 13.95 percent lower.

 

With regard to investment styles, growth style stocks again outperformed their value counterparts across all capitalization ranges in the first quarter. Among key growth benchmarks, the broad market Russell 3000® Growth Index returned -14.85 percent versus -27.32 percent for its value counterpart. Growth stocks also outperformed across the capitalization spectrum: large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap. Large-cap growth stocks fared the best on a relative basis, with the Russell 1000® Growth Index returning -14.10 percent versus -20.04 percent for the Russell Midcap® Growth Index and -25.76 percent for the small-cap Russell 2000® Growth Index.

 

Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, Liberty All-Star Growth Fund encountered a challenging first quarter. The Fund returned -17.12 percent with shares valued at net asset value (NAV) with dividends reinvested and -27.04 percent when shares are valued at market price with dividends reinvested. (Fund returns are net of expenses.) The Fund’s primary benchmark, the Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Mutual Fund Average, returned -15.55 percent for the quarter. The Fund’s NAV return exceeded that of the S&P 500® and the DJIA but lagged the NASDAQ Composite.

 

As investors are aware, the Fund is structured to invest in growth stocks across the capitalization spectrum. In the environment that existed in the first quarter of 2020 (and as mentioned earlier in this letter), large-cap growth stocks performed best on a relative basis, with mid-cap and small-cap stocks lagging. With two-thirds of Fund assets nominally allocated to mid-cap and small-cap growth stocks (representing two of the Fund’s three managers), it was difficult to keep pace with large capitalization growth indices. Nevertheless, Fund returns based on NAV outperformed the Russell Growth benchmark on a relative basis, returning -17.12 percent versus -19.45 percent as each of the Fund’s managers outperformed their respective Russell Growth style index.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

President’s Letter

 

 (Unaudited)

  

A factor hurting the Fund’s return when shares are valued at market price (with dividends reinvested) was the abrupt switch from shares trading at a premium to their underlying NAV to shares trading at a discount. For much of last year and into the first quarter this year, Fund shares traded at a premium—as much as an 11.8 percent premium to NAV in the first quarter. As selling gained momentum, however, that premium became a 9.5 percent discount, which was reflected in the per-share price decline. The volume of Fund shares traded during March reflected the fear that gripped investors; daily trading volume was far above the level normally associated with Liberty All-Star Growth Fund.

 

In accordance with the Fund’s distribution policy, the Fund paid a distribution of $0.13 to shareholders during the first quarter, bringing the total distributed to shareholders since 1997, when the distribution policy commenced, to $14.48 per share. The Fund’s distribution policy is a major component of the Fund’s total return, and we continue to emphasize that shareholders should include these distributions when determining the total return on their investment in the Fund.

 

In Fund news, the rights offering announced in December was completed in latter March. The rights offering commenced as announced, but was temporarily suspended on March 9, as required by the registration statement related to the offering should the Fund’s NAV decline more than 10 percent from its NAV as of February 7 (the record date). The offering was subsequently reopened and subscription requests for 3.1 million new common shares were received by the expiration date of March 27. We want to thank shareholders for this show of support for the Fund despite one of the most unsettling market and economic environments in recent memory.

 

Markets in general, as well as Liberty All-Star Growth Fund specifically, have endured a painful first quarter. The coronavirus pandemic—an unprecedented event of global proportion—defies predictions as to its ultimate effect on markets and the economy and, of course, what is most important: human health and well-being. It is important to point out that over the course of its history, the Fund has seen a range of events that have shaken investor confidence. The bursting of the tech bubble in early 2000 and the 2007-2009 financial crisis are two. Beyond events in financial markets, the Fund has witnessed 9/11 in 2001 and natural disasters like hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. In every case, the Fund has endured, recovered and gone on to fulfill its goal of being an attractive holding for long-term growth equity investors. We expect it will again.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

William R. Parmentier, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund, Inc.

 

The views expressed in the President’s letter reflect the views of the President as of April 2020 and may not reflect his views on the date this report is first published or anytime thereafter. These views are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict so actual outcomes and results may differ significantly from the views expressed. These views are subject to change at any time based upon economic, market or other conditions and the Fund disclaims any responsibility to update such views. These views may not be relied on as investment advice and, because investment decisions for the Fund are based on numerous factors, may not be relied on as an indication of trading intent.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Table of Distributions & Rights Offerings

 

 March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

Rights Offerings

Year

Per Share
Distributions

Month Completed

Shares Needed to
Purchase One
Additional Share

Subscription Price

1997

$1.24

 

 

 

1998

1.35

July

10

$12.41

1999

1.23

 

 

 

2000

1.34

 

 

 

2001

0.92

September

8

6.64

2002

0.67

 

 

 

2003

0.58

September

81

5.72

2004

0.63

 

 

 

2005

0.58

 

 

 

2006

0.59

 

 

 

2007

0.61

 

 

 

2008

0.47

 

 

 

20092

0.24

 

 

 

2010

0.25

 

 

 

2011

0.27

 

 

 

2012

0.27

 

 

 

2013

0.31

 

 

 

2014

0.33

 

 

 

20153

0.77

 

 

 

2016

0.36

 

 

 

2017

0.42

 

 

 

2018

0.46

November

3

4.81

2019

0.46

 

 

 

2020

 

 

 

 

1st Quarter

0.13

March

5

4.34

Total

$14.48

 

 

 

 

 

1 

The number of shares offered was increased by an additional 25 percent to cover a portion of the over-subscription requests.

 

2 

Effective with the second quarter distribution, the annual distribution rate was changed from 10 percent to 6 percent.

 

3 

Effective with the second quarter distribution, the annual distribution rate was changed from 6 percent to 8 percent.

 

DISTRIBUTION POLICY

 

The current policy is to pay distributions on its shares totaling approximately 8 percent of its net asset value per year, payable in four quarterly installments of 2 percent of the Fund’s net asset value at the close of the New York Stock Exchange on the Friday prior to each quarterly declaration date. Sources of distributions to shareholders may include ordinary dividends, long-term capital gains and return of capital. The final determination of the source of all distributions in 2020 for tax reporting purposes will be made after year end. 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. These estimates may not match the final tax characterization (for the full year’s distributions) contained in shareholder 1099-DIV forms after the end of the year. If the Fund’s ordinary dividends and long-term capital gains for any year exceed the amount distributed under the distribution policy, the Fund may, in its discretion, retain and not distribute capital gains and pay income tax thereon to the extent of such excess.

 

 

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Investment Managers/

Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Portfolio Characteristics

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

THE FUND’S THREE GROWTH INVESTMENT MANAGERS AND THE MARKET CAPITALIZATION ON WHICH EACH FOCUSES:

 

 

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ALPS Advisors, Inc., the investment advisor to the Fund, has the ultimate authority (subject to oversight by the Board of Directors) to oversee the investment managers and recommend their hiring, termination and replacement.

 

MANAGERS’ DIFFERING INVESTMENT STRATEGIES ARE  REFLECTED IN PORTFOLIO CHARACTERISTICS

 

 

The portfolio characteristics table below is a regular feature of the Fund’s shareholder reports. It serves as a useful tool for understanding the value of the Fund’s multi-managed portfolio. The characteristics are different for each of the Fund’s three investment managers. These differences are a reflection of the fact that each  has a different capitalization focus and investment strategy. The shaded column highlights the characteristics of the Fund as a whole, while the first three columns show portfolio characteristics for the Russell Smallcap, Midcap and Largecap Growth indices. See page 17 for a description of these indices.

 

PORTFOLIO CHARACTERISTICS As of March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Market Capitalization
Spectrum

 

 

RUSSELL GROWTH

Small

 

Large

 

 

SMALLCAP
INDEX

MIDCAP
INDEX

LARGECAP
INDEX

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TOTAL
FUND

 

WEATHERBIE

CONGRESS

SUSTAINABLE

Number of Holdings

1,166

405

532

50

39

30

119

Percent of Holdings in Top 10

7%

13%

39%

49%

30%

44%

18%

Weighted Average Market Capitalization (billions)

$2.4

$17.4

$383.4

$3.9

$10.9

$247.8

$92.9

Average Five-Year Earnings Per Share Growth

14%

16%

18%

26%

17%

20%

20%

Average Five-Year Sales Per Share Growth

9%

12%

13%

16%

10%

14%

13%

Price/Earnings Ratio*

19x

23x

24x

35x

24x

31x

28x

 

* Excludes negative earnings.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Top 20 Holdings & Economic Sectors

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

Top 20 Holdings*

Percent of Net Assets

Amazon.com, Inc.

2.00%

Chegg, Inc.

1.95

Nevro Corp.

1.94

Microsoft Corp.

1.86

FirstService Corp.

1.81

EPAM Systems, Inc.

1.68

NIKE, Inc.

1.58

Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

1.57

Paylocity Holding Corp.

1.57

Alphabet, Inc.

1.55

Insulet Corp.

1.51

Facebook, Inc.

1.43

salesforce.com, Inc.

1.39

Visa, Inc.

1.37

UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

1.37

Autodesk, Inc.

1.35

PayPal Holdings, Inc.

1.33

Yum! Brands, Inc.

1.25

Illumina, Inc.

1.16

Everbridge, Inc.

1.16

 

30.83%

 

Economic Sectors*

Percent of Net Assets

Information Technology

32.17%

Health Care

22.84

Consumer Discretionary

13.87

Industrials

11.48

Communication Services

4.57

Real Estate

3.75

Financials

3.64

Materials

2.57

Consumer Staples

2.22

Energy

0.04

Other Net Assets

2.85

 

100.00%

 

* Because the Fund is actively managed, there can be no guarantee that the Fund will continue to hold securities of the indicated issuers and sectors in the future.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Major Stock Changes in the Quarter

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

The following are the major ($1 million or more) stock changes - both purchases and sales - that were made in the Fund’s portfolio during the first quarter of 2020.  

 

 

SHARES

Security Name

Purchases (Sales)

Held as of 3/31/20

Purchases

 

 

Adobe, Inc.

4,348

4,348

Akamai Technologies, Inc.

15,000

15,000

Ciena Corp.

40,000

40,000

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

8,300

8,300

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

4,075

4,075

Match Group, Inc.

22,923

22,923

Progyny, Inc.

60,866

81,055

Ulta Beauty, Inc.

6,916

6,916

Xilinx, Inc.

18,373

18,373

 

 

 

Sales

 

 

Automatic Data Processing, Inc.

(11,295)

0

Dermira, Inc.

(124,477)

0

Estee Lauder Cos., Inc.

(6,627)

0

Five Below, Inc.

(15,000)

0

Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.

(11,000)

0

Lowe’s Cos., Inc.

(14,035)

0

Mondelez International, Inc.

(54,795)

0

Novo Nordisk A/S

(27,020)

0

RBC Bearings, Inc.

(11,500)

0

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

(2,203)

3,692

Wayfair, Inc.

(15,072)

4,416

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Schedule of Investments

 

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

SHARES

 

 

MARKET VALUE

 

COMMON STOCKS (97.15%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATION SERVICES (4.57%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entertainment (0.80%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.(a)

 

 

13,000

 

 

$

1,541,930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interactive Media & Services (3.77%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alphabet, Inc., Class C(a)

 

 

2,568

 

 

 

2,986,096

 

Facebook, Inc., Class A(a)

 

 

16,580

 

 

 

2,765,544

 

Match Group, Inc.(a)(b)

 

 

22,923

 

 

 

1,513,835

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,265,475

 

CONSUMER DISCRETIONARY (13.87%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distributors (0.92%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pool Corp.

 

 

9,000

 

 

 

1,770,930

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diversified Consumer Services (1.95%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chegg, Inc.(a)

 

 

104,926

 

 

 

3,754,252

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure (2.07%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.(a)

 

 

8,586

 

 

 

35,803

 

Planet Fitness, Inc., Class A(a)

 

 

31,704

 

 

 

1,543,985

 

Yum! Brands, Inc.

 

 

35,145

 

 

 

2,408,487

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,988,275

 

Internet & Direct Marketing Retail (3.77%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon.com, Inc.(a)

 

 

1,979

 

 

 

3,858,496

 

Booking Holdings, Inc.(a)

 

 

1,498

 

 

 

2,015,289

 

Etsy, Inc.(a)

 

 

30,000

 

 

 

1,153,200

 

Wayfair, Inc., Class A(a)(b)

 

 

4,416

 

 

 

235,991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,262,976

 

Multiline Retail (0.83%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Holdings, Inc.(a)

 

 

34,397

 

 

 

1,593,957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specialty Retail (2.38%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burlington Stores, Inc.(a)

 

 

9,500

 

 

 

1,505,370

 

TJX Cos., Inc.

 

 

39,251

 

 

 

1,876,591

 

Ulta Beauty, Inc.(a)

 

 

6,916

 

 

 

1,215,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,597,102

 

Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods (1.95%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Goose Holdings, Inc.(a)(b)

 

 

36,421

 

 

 

724,414

 

NIKE, Inc., Class B

 

 

36,796

 

 

 

3,044,501

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,768,915

 

CONSUMER STAPLES (2.22%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Products (1.39%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc.

 

 

21,000

 

 

 

1,199,100

 

 

See Notes to Schedule of Investments.

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Schedule of Investments

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

SHARES

 

 

MARKET VALUE

 

COMMON STOCKS (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food Products (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick & Co., Inc.

 

 

10,500

 

 

$

1,482,705

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,681,805

 

Household Products (0.83%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

 

 

25,000

 

 

 

1,604,500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENERGY (0.04%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Energy Equipment & Services (0.04%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, Inc., Class A

 

 

15,773

 

 

 

82,808

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIALS (3.64%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banks (1.09%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Republic Bank

 

 

18,000

 

 

 

1,481,040

 

Signature Bank

 

 

7,612

 

 

 

611,929

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,092,969

 

Capital Markets (1.69%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Lane, Inc., Class A

 

 

34,365

 

 

 

1,900,728

 

Raymond James Financial, Inc.

 

 

21,500

 

 

 

1,358,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,259,528

 

Insurance (0.76%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eHealth, Inc.(a)

 

 

7,794

 

 

 

1,097,551

 

Goosehead Insurance, Inc., Class A(a)

 

 

8,150

 

 

 

363,735

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,461,286

 

Thrifts & Mortgage Finance (0.10%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Axos Financial, Inc.(a)

 

 

10,710

 

 

 

194,172

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH CARE (22.84%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biotechnology (2.64%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(a)

 

 

44,383

 

 

 

1,875,182

 

Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(a)

 

 

13,646

 

 

 

97,296

 

Puma Biotechnology, Inc.(a)

 

 

95,209

 

 

 

803,564

 

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(a)

 

 

3,692

 

 

 

1,802,766

 

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc.(a)

 

 

11,358

 

 

 

504,636

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,083,444

 

Health Care Equipment & Supplies (12.13%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbott Laboratories

 

 

27,996

 

 

 

2,209,164

 

Becton Dickinson and Co.

 

 

8,961

 

 

 

2,058,969

 

Cooper Cos., Inc.

 

 

6,000

 

 

 

1,654,020

 

Danaher Corp.

 

 

14,883

 

 

 

2,059,956

 

Glaukos Corp.(a)

 

 

49,246

 

 

 

1,519,732

 

Insulet Corp.(a)

 

 

17,609

 

 

 

2,917,459

 

Intuitive Surgical, Inc.(a)

 

 

4,075

 

 

 

2,017,981

 

Nevro Corp.(a)

 

 

37,385

 

 

 

3,737,752

 

 

See Notes to Schedule of Investments.

 

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Schedule of Investments

 

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

SHARES

 

 

MARKET VALUE

 

COMMON STOCKS (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Care Equipment & Supplies (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ResMed, Inc.

 

 

13,000

 

 

$

1,914,770

 

STERIS PLC

 

 

12,500

 

 

 

1,749,625

 

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.(a)

 

 

15,000

 

 

 

1,539,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23,379,328

 

Health Care Providers & Services (3.66%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PetIQ, Inc.(a)

 

 

50,263

 

 

 

1,167,610

 

Progyny, Inc.(a)(b)

 

 

81,055

 

 

 

1,717,555

 

UnitedHealth Group, Inc.

 

 

10,549

 

 

 

2,630,710

 

US Physical Therapy, Inc.

 

 

22,141

 

 

 

1,527,729

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,043,604

 

Health Care Technology (0.50%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc.(a)(b)

 

 

18,552

 

 

 

970,084

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Sciences Tools & Services (3.30%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles River Laboratories International, Inc.(a)

 

 

13,500

 

 

 

1,703,835

 

Illumina, Inc.(a)

 

 

8,195

 

 

 

2,238,219

 

Mettler-Toledo International, Inc.(a)

 

 

2,500

 

 

 

1,726,275

 

NeoGenomics, Inc.(a)

 

 

25,112

 

 

 

693,342

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,361,671

 

Pharmaceuticals (0.61%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(a)

 

 

9,649

 

 

 

130,261

 

Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC(a)

 

 

10,500

 

 

 

1,047,270

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,177,531

 

INDUSTRIALS (11.48%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerospace & Defense (2.35%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

 

 

8,300

 

 

 

1,512,343

 

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc.(a)

 

 

89,322

 

 

 

1,236,217

 

Teledyne Technologies, Inc.(a)

 

 

6,000

 

 

 

1,783,620

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4,532,180

 

Air Freight & Logistics (0.17%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

XPO Logistics, Inc.(a)

 

 

6,663

 

 

 

324,821

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building Products (0.80%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lennox International, Inc.

 

 

8,500

 

 

 

1,545,215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial Services & Supplies (3.07%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., Class A(a)

 

 

77,534

 

 

 

3,028,478

 

Cintas Corp.

 

 

8,000

 

 

 

1,385,760

 

Copart, Inc.(a)

 

 

22,000

 

 

 

1,507,440

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,921,678

 

 

See Notes to Schedule of Investments.

 

 

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Schedule of Investments

 

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

SHARES

 

 

MARKET VALUE

 

COMMON STOCKS (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electrical Equipment (0.94%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Generac Holdings, Inc.(a)

 

 

19,500

 

 

$

1,816,815

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machinery (1.82%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IDEX Corp.

 

 

12,000

 

 

 

1,657,320

 

Middleby Corp.(a)

 

 

4,263

 

 

 

242,479

 

Xylem, Inc.

 

 

24,500

 

 

 

1,595,685

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,495,484

 

Professional Services (0.92%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IHS Markit, Ltd.

 

 

29,478

 

 

 

1,768,680

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trading Companies & Distributors (1.41%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HD Supply Holdings, Inc.(a)

 

 

35,000

 

 

 

995,050

 

SiteOne Landscape Supply, Inc.(a)

 

 

23,337

 

 

 

1,718,070

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,713,120

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (32.17%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communications Equipment (0.83%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ciena Corp.(a)

 

 

40,000

 

 

 

1,592,400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components (1.94%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keysight Technologies, Inc.(a)

 

 

20,000

 

 

 

1,673,600

 

nLight, Inc.(a)

 

 

10,734

 

 

 

112,599

 

Novanta, Inc.(a)

 

 

5,960

 

 

 

476,085

 

Zebra Technologies Corp., Class A(a)

 

 

8,000

 

 

 

1,468,800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,731,084

 

IT Services (7.55%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Akamai Technologies, Inc.(a)

 

 

15,000

 

 

 

1,372,350

 

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.

 

 

20,000

 

 

 

1,372,800

 

EPAM Systems, Inc.(a)

 

 

17,462

 

 

 

3,241,995

 

FleetCor Technologies, Inc.(a)

 

 

11,003

 

 

 

2,052,500

 

Genpact, Ltd.

 

 

45,000

 

 

 

1,314,000

 

PayPal Holdings, Inc.(a)

 

 

26,846

 

 

 

2,570,236

 

Visa, Inc., Class A

 

 

16,334

 

 

 

2,631,734

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14,555,615

 

Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment (3.69%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diodes, Inc.(a)

 

 

44,901

 

 

 

1,824,552

 

Impinj, Inc.(a)

 

 

21,784

 

 

 

364,011

 

Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.

 

 

11,500

 

 

 

1,925,790

 

Skyworks Solutions, Inc.

 

 

17,500

 

 

 

1,564,150

 

Xilinx, Inc.

 

 

18,373

 

 

 

1,431,991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,110,494

 

Software (18.16%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adobe, Inc.(a)

 

 

4,348

 

 

 

1,383,707

 

 

See Notes to Schedule of Investments.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Schedule of Investments

 

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

SHARES

 

 

MARKET VALUE

 

COMMON STOCKS (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Altair Engineering, Inc., Class A(a)(b)

 

 

8,830

 

 

$

233,995

 

Autodesk, Inc.(a)

 

 

16,659

 

 

 

2,600,470

 

Avalara, Inc.(a)

 

 

21,715

 

 

 

1,619,939

 

Bill.Com Holdings, Inc.(a)

 

 

1,480

 

 

 

50,616

 

Ebix, Inc.

 

 

40,682

 

 

 

617,553

 

Everbridge, Inc.(a)

 

 

20,974

 

 

 

2,230,795

 

Globant SA(a)

 

 

12,673

 

 

 

1,113,703

 

HubSpot, Inc.(a)

 

 

8,442

 

 

 

1,124,390

 

Intuit, Inc.

 

 

8,367

 

 

 

1,924,410

 

LivePerson, Inc.(a)

 

 

3,475

 

 

 

79,056

 

Microsoft Corp.

 

 

22,756

 

 

 

3,588,849

 

Paycom Software, Inc.(a)

 

 

8,000

 

 

 

1,616,080

 

Paylocity Holding Corp.(a)

 

 

34,255

 

 

 

3,025,402

 

Pluralsight, Inc., Class A(a)(b)

 

 

30,766

 

 

 

337,811

 

Qualys, Inc.(a)

 

 

22,000

 

 

 

1,913,780

 

Rapid7, Inc.(a)

 

 

37,114

 

 

 

1,608,150

 

salesforce.com, Inc.(a)

 

 

18,554

 

 

 

2,671,405

 

SPS Commerce, Inc.(a)

 

 

33,328

 

 

 

1,550,085

 

Synopsys, Inc.(a)

 

 

15,000

 

 

 

1,931,850

 

Telaria, Inc.(a)

 

 

380

 

 

 

2,280

 

Trade Desk, Inc., Class A(a)

 

 

8,485

 

 

 

1,637,605

 

Workday, Inc., Class A(a)

 

 

15,679

 

 

 

2,041,719

 

Zuora, Inc., Class A(a)

 

 

13,151

 

 

 

105,865

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35,009,515

 

MATERIALS (2.57%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chemicals (1.64%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecolab, Inc.

 

 

11,361

 

 

 

1,770,385

 

Linde PLC

 

 

8,074

 

 

 

1,396,802

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,167,187

 

Containers & Packaging (0.93%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avery Dennison Corp.

 

 

17,500

 

 

 

1,782,725

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REAL ESTATE (3.75%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) (1.94%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equinix, Inc.

 

 

3,282

 

 

 

2,049,839

 

Sun Communities, Inc.

 

 

13,500

 

 

 

1,685,475

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3,735,314

 

 

See Notes to Schedule of Investments.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund

Schedule of Investments

 

 

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

 

 

SHARES

 

 

MARKET VALUE

 

COMMON STOCKS (continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Management & Development (1.81%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FirstService Corp.

 

 

45,316

 

 

$

3,494,770

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL COMMON STOCKS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(COST OF $154,410,250)

 

 

 

 

 

 

187,233,639

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHORT TERM INVESTMENTS (6.04%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONEY MARKET FUND (3.12%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Street Institutional US Government Money Market Fund, 0.337%(c)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(COST OF $6,013,357)

 

 

6,013,357

 

 

 

6,013,357

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INVESTMENTS PURCHASED WITH COLLATERAL FROM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECURITIES LOANED (2.92%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Street Navigator Securities Lending Government Money Market Portfolio, 0.24%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(COST OF $5,632,054)

 

 

5,632,054

 

 

 

5,632,054

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL SHORT TERM INVESTMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(COST OF $11,645,411)

 

 

 

 

 

 

11,645,411

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL INVESTMENTS (103.19%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(COST OF $166,055,661)

 

 

 

 

 

 

198,879,050

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES IN EXCESS OF OTHER ASSETS (-3.19%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

(6,157,451

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSETS (100.00%)

 

 

 

 

 

$

192,721,599

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET ASSET VALUE PER SHARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(38,299,418 SHARES OUTSTANDING)

 

 

 

 

 

$

5.03

 

 

(a)  Non-income producing security.

(b)  Security, or a portion of the security position, is currently on loan. The total market value of securities on loan is $5,261,306.

(c)  Rate reflects seven-day effective yield on March 31, 2020.

 

See Notes to Schedule of Investments.

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund Notes to Schedule of Investments

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

Security Valuation

Equity securities are valued at the last sale price at the close of the principal exchange on which they trade, except for securities listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), which are valued at the NASDAQ official closing price. Unlisted securities or listed securities for which there were no sales during the day are valued at the closing bid price on such exchanges or over-the-counter markets.

 

Cash collateral from securities lending activity is reinvested in the State Street Navigator Securities Lending Government Money Market Portfolio (“State Street Navigator”), a registered investment company under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”), which operates as a money market fund in compliance with Rule 2a-7 under the 1940 Act. Shares of registered investment companies are valued daily at that investment company’s net asset value per share.

 

The Fund’s investments are valued at market value or, in the absence of market value with respect to any portfolio securities, at fair value according to procedures adopted by the Fund's Board of Directors (the "Board"). When market quotations are not readily available, or in management’s judgment they do not accurately reflect fair value of a security, or an event occurs after the market close but before the Fund is priced that materially affects the value of a security, the security will be valued by the Fund’s Valuation Committee, using fair valuation procedures established by the Board. Examples of potentially significant events that could materially impact a Fund’s net asset value include, but are not limited to: single issuer events such as corporate actions, reorganizations, mergers, spin-offs, liquidations, acquisitions and buyouts; corporate announcements on earnings or product offerings; regulatory news; and litigation and multiple issuer events such as governmental actions; natural disasters or armed conflicts that affect a country or a region; or significant market fluctuations. Potential significant events are monitored by the Advisor, ALPS Advisors, Inc. (the “Advisor”), Sub-Advisers and/or the Valuation Committee through independent reviews of market indicators, general news sources and communications from the Fund’s custodian. As of March 31, 2020, the Fund held no securities that were fair valued.

 

Security Transactions

Security transactions are recorded on trade date. Cost is determined and gains/(losses) are based upon the specific identification method for both financial statement and federal income tax purposes.

 

Income Recognition

Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Corporate actions and dividend income are recorded on the ex-date.

 

The Fund estimates components of distributions from real estate investment trusts (“REITs”). Distributions received in excess of income are recorded as a reduction of the cost of the related investments. Once the REIT reports annually the tax character of its distributions, the Fund revises its estimates. If the Fund no longer owns the applicable securities, any distributions received in excess of income are recorded as realized gains.

 

Lending of Portfolio Securities

The Fund may lend its portfolio securities only to borrowers that are approved by the Fund’s securities lending agent, State Street Bank & Trust Co. (“SSB”). The Fund will limit such lending to not more than 20% of the value of its total assets. The borrower pledges and maintains with the Fund collateral consisting of cash (U.S. Dollar only), securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or its agencies or instrumentalities, or by irrevocable bank letters of credit issued by a person other than the borrower or an affiliate of the borrower. The initial collateral received by the Fund is required to have a value of no less than 102% of the market value of the loaned securities for securities traded on U.S. exchanges and a value of no less than 105% of the market value for all other securities. The collateral is maintained thereafter, at a market value equal to no less than 100% of the current value of the securities on loan. The market value of the loaned securities is determined at the close of each business day and any additional required collateral is delivered to the Fund on the next business day. During the term of the loan, the Fund is entitled to all distributions made on or in respect of the loaned securities. Loans of securities are terminable at any time and the borrower, after notice, is required to return borrowed securities within the standard time period for settlement of securities transactions.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund Notes to Schedule of Investments

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

Any cash collateral received is reinvested in State Street Navigator. Non-cash collateral, in the form of securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or its agencies or instrumentalities, is not disclosed in the Fund’s Schedule of Investments as it is held by the lending agent on behalf of the Fund, and the Fund does not have the ability to re-hypothecate these securities.

 

The following is a summary of the Fund’s securities lending positions and related cash and non-cash collateral received as of March 31, 2020:

 

Market Value of Securities on Loan Cash Collateral Received Non-Cash Collateral Received Total Collateral Received
$5,261,306 $5,632,054 $190,961 $5,823,015

 

The risks of securities lending include the risk that the borrower may not provide additional collateral when required or may not return the securities when due. To mitigate these risks, the Fund benefits from a borrower default indemnity provided by SSB. SSB’s indemnity allows for full replacement of securities lent wherein SSB will purchase the unreturned loaned securities on the open market by applying the proceeds of the collateral, or to the extent such proceeds are insufficient or the collateral is unavailable, SSB will purchase the unreturned loan securities at SSB’s expense. However, the Fund could suffer a loss if the value of the investments purchased with cash collateral falls below the value of the cash collateral received.

 

Fair Value Measurements

The Fund discloses the classification of its fair value measurements following a three-tier hierarchy based on the inputs used to measure fair value. Inputs refer broadly to the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, including assumptions about risk. Inputs may be observable or unobservable. Observable inputs reflect the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability that are developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity. Unobservable inputs reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability that are developed based on the best information available.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund Notes to Schedule of Investments

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

Valuation techniques used to value the Fund’s investments by major category are as follows:

 

Equity securities that are valued based on unadjusted quoted prices in active markets are categorized as Level 1 in the hierarchy. In the event there were no sales during the day or closing prices are not available, securities are valued at the mean of the most recent quoted bid and ask prices on such day and are generally categorized as Level 2 in the hierarchy. Investments in shares of registered investment companies are valued at their closing NAV each business day and are categorized as Level 1 in the hierarchy.

 

Various inputs are used in determining the value of the Fund’s investments as of the end of the reporting period. When inputs used fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy, the level in the hierarchy within which the fair value measurement falls is determined based on the lowest level input that is significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. The designated input levels are not necessarily an indication of the risk or liquidity associated with these investments.

 

These inputs are categorized in the following hierarchy under applicable financial accounting standards:

 

Level 1 Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical investments, unrestricted assets or liabilities that a Fund has the ability to access at the measurement date;

 

Level 2 Quoted prices which are not active, quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets or inputs other than quoted prices that are observable (either directly or indirectly) for substantially the full term of the asset or liability; and

 

Level 3 Significant unobservable prices or inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments) where there is little or no market activity for the asset or liability at the measurement date.

 

The following is a summary of the inputs used to value the Fund’s investments as of March 31, 2020:

 

    Valuation Inputs        
Investments in Securities at Value   Level 1     Level 2     Level 3     Total  
Common Stocks*   $ 187,233,639   $     $     $ 187,233,639  
Short Term Investments     11,645,411                   11,645,411  
Total   $ 198,879,050   $     $     $ 198,879,050  

 

* See Schedule of Investments for industry classifications.

 

The Fund did not have any securities which used significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) in determining fair value during the period.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund Notes to Schedule of Investments

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

Results of Right Offering

On December 6, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Fund authorized and set the terms of an offering to the Fund’s shareholder of rights to purchase additional shares of the Fund. Record date shareholders at the close of business on February 7, 2020 were issued non-transferable rights entitling them to subscribe for one additional share for every five shares held (the “Primary Subscription”), with the right to subscribe for additional shares not subscribed for by others in the Primary Subscription. The offering commenced on February 12, 2020 and was temporarily suspended after the close of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) on March 9, 2020, recommencing March 10, 2020. The subscription period ended March 27, 2020 (the “Expiration Date”).

 

Shareholders exercised rights to purchase 3,094,412 shares at a subscription price of $4.34 per share for proceeds, net of estimated expenses of $240,000, of $13,189,748. The subscription price represents 95 percent of the average of the closing NYSE market price per share of common stock on the Expiration Date and the four preceding trading days.

 

Indemnification

In the normal course of business, the Fund enters into contracts that contain a variety of representations and warranties and which provide general indemnities. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown, as this would involve future claims against the Fund. Also, under the Fund’s organizational documents and by contract, the Directors and Officers of the Fund are indemnified against certain liabilities that may arise out of their duties to the Fund. However, based on experience, the Fund expects the risk of loss due to these warranties and indemnities to be minimal.

 

Maryland Statutes

By resolution of the Board of Directors, the Fund has opted into the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act and the Maryland Business Combination Act. In general, the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act provides that “control shares” of a Maryland corporation acquired in a control share acquisition may not be voted except to the extent approved by shareholders at a meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the votes entitled to be cast on the matter (excluding shares owned by the acquirer and by officers or directors who are employees of the corporation). “Control shares” are voting shares of stock which, if aggregated with all other shares of stock owned by the acquirer or in respect of which the acquirer is able to exercise or direct the exercise of voting power (except solely by virtue of a revocable proxy), would entitle the acquirer to exercise voting power in electing directors within certain statutorily defined ranges (one-tenth but less than one-third, one-third but less than a majority, and more than a majority of the voting power). In general, the Maryland Business Combination Act prohibits an interested shareholder (a shareholder that holds 10% or more of the voting power of the outstanding stock of the corporation) of a Maryland corporation from engaging in a business combination (generally defined to include a merger, consolidation, share exchange, sale of a substantial amount of assets, a transfer of the corporation’s securities and similar transactions to or with the interested shareholder or an entity affiliated with the interested shareholder) with the corporation for a period of five years after the most recent date on which the interested shareholder became an interested shareholder. At the time of adoption, March 19, 2009, the Board and the Fund were not aware of any shareholder that held control shares or that was an interested shareholder under the statutes.

 

 

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Liberty All-Star® Growth Fund Description of Lipper Benchmark and Market Indices

March 31, 2020 (Unaudited)

 

Dow Jones Industrial Average

A price-weighted measure of 30 U.S. blue-chip companies.

 

Lipper Multi-Cap Growth Mutual Fund Average

The average of funds that, by portfolio practice, invest in a variety of market capitalization ranges without concentrating 75% of their equity assets in any one market capitalization range over an extended period of time. Multi-Cap growth funds typically have above-average characteristics compared to the S&P SuperComposite 1500® Index.

 

NASDAQ Composite Index

Measures all NASDAQ domestic and international based common type stocks listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market.

 

Russell 3000® Growth Index

Measures the performance of those Russell 3000® companies with lower book-to-price ratios and higher growth values. The Russell 3000® Index measures the performance of the 3,000 largest U.S. companies based on total market capitalization, which represents approximately 98% of the investable U.S. equity market.

 

Russell 3000® Value Index

Measures the performance of those Russell 3000® companies with higher book-to-price ratios and lower growth values.

 

Russell Top 200® Growth Index

Measures the performance of those Russell Top 200® companies with lower book-to-price ratios and higher growth values. The Russell Top 200® Index measures the performance of the 200 largest companies in the Russell 3000® Index.

 

Russell 1000® Growth Index (Largecap)

Measures the performance of those Russell 1000® companies with lower book-to-price ratios and higher growth values. The Russell 1000® Index measures the performance of the 1,000 largest companies in the Russell 3000® Index.

 

Russell Midcap® Growth Index

Measures the performance of those Russell Midcap® companies with lower book-to-price ratios and higher growth values. The Russell Midcap® Index measures the performance of the 800 smallest companies in the Russell 1000® Index.

 

Russell 2000® Growth Index (Smallcap)

Measures the performance of those Russell 2000® companies with lower book-to-price ratios and higher growth values. The Russell 2000® Index measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index.

 

Russell Growth Benchmark

The average of the Russell Top 200®, Midcap® and 2000® Growth Indices.

 

S&P 500® Index

A large cap U.S. equities index that includes 500 leading companies and captures approximately 80% coverage of available market capitalization.

 

An investor cannot invest directly in an index.

 

 

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