SMA Award Winners Revealed

IA, Standard & Poor's, and Prima Capital recognize outstanding managers for third year

Investment Advisor and its awards partners, Prima Capital and Standard & Poor's, announced on March 30 the winners of the third annual Separately Managed Accounts Awards. The 2007 SMA awards are given this year to seven management teams, acknowledging their excellence in providing consistently strong performance, along with customization and tax efficiency, in separate accounts. In addition, William Fries of Thornburg Investment Management: Value Equity has the distinct honor of winning the award for the third consecutive year, while both the management teams of Appleton Partners: Tax-Exempt Municipal and KCM Investment Advisors Large-Cap GARP Equity have received the award two years in a row.

Using the comprehensive database and analytical rigor provided by the Standard & Poor's SMA Evaluator, a short list of nominees was fielded from the more than 700 retail separately managed account products in the Prima Capital database. From the list of nominees, the SMA Awards committee that includes Standard & Poor's Managing Director Phil Edwards, Prima Capital President J. Gibson Watson III, Investment Advisor Editor-in-Chief James J. Green, and Senior Editor Kathleen M. McBride selected this year's award recipients.

To be considered for an award, each SMA portfolio had to:

- Be offered through a broad range of retail programs

- Have assets of at least $200 million under management

- Rank average or above average in four out of five categories within the S&P SMA Evaluator

- Have a lead manager in place for a minimum of three years

The seven SMA Awards winners, in six categories, will be profiled in the April 2007 issue of Investment Advisor, as well as online at www.investmentadvisor.com. To visit the complete list of award winners, methodology and other awards information click here.

The winners of the 2007 Standard & Poor's Separately Managed Accounts Awards are:

Category Lead Manager(s) Firm
Large-Cap U.S. Equity William Fries Thornburg Investment Management: Value Equity
Large-Cap U.S. Equity Diane Jaffee TCW Investment Management: Relative Value Large-Cap
Mid-Cap U.S. Equity Amy Croen & Bill Priebe Geneva Capital Management: Mid Cap Equity
Small-Cap U.S. Equity Lee Molendyk & Lance Swanson Insight Capital Research and Management: Small Cap Growth
International Equity Eric Franco AllianceBernstein: International Value ADR
Fixed-Income Team Managed Appleton Partners: Tax-Exempt Municipal
Tax Efficiency Team Managed KCM Investment Advisors Large-Cap GARP Equity
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