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AIC AMERICAN ADVANTAGE FUND $8.21 (CWA Rating: Aggressive) (AIC Group of Funds, 1375 Kerns Road, Burlington, Ont., L7R 4X8, 1-800-263-2144; Web site: Buy or sell through brokers) invests mostly in U.S. stocks, with over 99% of assets in the financial services area.

This segment breaks down as follows: Investment banking & brokerage, 14.2%; Multi-line insurance, 13.5%; Property & casualty insurance companies, 12.9%; Life & health insurance, 12.6%; Diversified banks, 10.4%; Insurance brokers, 8.0%; Regional banks, 7.9%; Diversified financials, 7.3%; Wealth management, 6.1%; Consumer finance, 2.8%; Thrifts & mortgage finance, 2.3%; and Conglomerates, 1.2%.

The $119.3 million AIC American Advantage’s top 10 holdings are Progressive Corp., ING Canada, AFLAC, Morgan Stanley, Hartford Financial Services, TD Bank, Northern Trust, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Chase and Willis Group Holdings. This fund holds just 18 stocks.

AIC American Advantage made 5.9% over the last year, compared to a gain of 11.7% for the S&P 500 Index. Its MER is 2.70%.

AIC American Advantage is a buy.

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