Two AIC Buys With a Finance Focus

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These two AIC funds hold much of their portfolios in financial services stocks. We prefer diversified funds. But if you must focus on something, finance is a relatively stable sector. If you do invest in these funds, be sure to adjust the rest of your portfolio so they won’t overly concentrate your stock and mutual fund holdings in the financial sector. 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…

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