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AIC Diversified Canada Fund $44.29

AIC DIVERSIFIED CANADA FUND $44.29 (CWA Rating: Conservative) mainly holds shares of Canadian companies of average or above-average quality. It also holds stocks of some U.S. firms. The $1.9 billion fund’s 10 largest holdings are Power Financial, Canadian Oil Sands Trust, TD Bank, Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw, Thomson Corp., Brookfield Asset Management, Royal Bank, Sun Life Financial and Royal Bank of Scotland. The fund holds just 25 stocks. Its turnover was 9.1% in 2005. Turnover of 24.3% in 2004 was on the high side.

The fund holds 46.7% of its assets in Financial services stocks. The rest of the portfolio breaks down as follows: Consumer staples, 19.7%; Energy, 10.2%; Consumer discretionary, 8.5%; Health care, 6.1%; and Information technology, 3.8%.

Over the last year, the S&P/TSX Index gained 28.4%, mainly due to strength in Resource sector stocks. The fund made 17.0%. Its MER is 2.42%.

AIC Diversified Canada is hold.

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