Dec. 6, 2004 — To paraphrase satirist Finley Peter Dunn, November’s fund returns show the market follows “the’ iliction returns.” With domestic equity funds surging 5.35% in November, shareholders clearly benefited from investors’ favorable reactions to Bush’s reelection.

This “Republican relief rally” in November contributed to the Standard & Poor’s investment policy committee’s decision to raise it price target for the S&P 500 to 1200 by yearend 2004, and 1300 by yearend 2005, said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor’s. Previously, the committee’s targets for the index were 1150 at yearend 2004, and 1220 at yearend 2005.

Technical Lift

This market rally also became a favorable technical breakout since the S&P 500 broke above its previous high for the year set in February, according to Mark Arbeter, Standard & Poor’s chief technical strategist.

Before the presidential election, the market was held back by concerns that a pro-business Republican administration would be replaced by a Democratic administration that “seemed to be a bit more hostile to business, and had also threatened to repeal reduced taxes on dividends,” Stovall said.

Along with the election results, domestic equity funds also gained in November from positive market and economic trends: The bull market entered its third year, and the economic recovery began its fourth year. These broad secular trends apparently outweighed investor concerns over the falling dollar, rising interest rates, and continued geopolitical instability.

Bullish Small-Caps

Signaling investor optimism, small-cap funds outperformed in November and so far this year, continuing their mutli-year lead. Although the bull market is entering its mature phase, when large-cap funds traditionally outperform, smaller-cap funds apparently gained from continued economic growth and attractive valuations.

Stovall notes that half of the 110 five star, or strong buy, stock recommendations by Standard & Poor’s equity analysts are for companies with market caps of less than $10 billion. With small caps attractive to momentum investors and to fundamental investors, “it doesn’t appear as if the market wants to bale out of small caps any time soon,” he said.

Thrifty Value Plays

While bullish on small caps, investors are also focusing on valuations, as seen in value funds’ outperformance across the market-cap spectrum in November, and so far this year through November. This trend is typical of mature bull markets, as investors become more concerned about valuations after earlier market run-ups.

Value funds have also gained as dividend-paying stocks have outperformed this year. Dividend-paying stocks, which are more likely to be value plays, have outperformed as investors seek yield to offset lower capital appreciation this year relative to others. Through November 29, dividend-paying stocks in the S&P 500 rose 14.85%, while non-dividend-paying stocks in the index were up 7.91%

Fund Investment Style

Average Returns 2004 Through 11/30/04 (%)

Large-Cap Growth

+3.75%

Large-Cap Value

+9.10%

Large-Cap Blend

+6.13%

Mid-Cap Growth

+8.01%

Mid-Cap Value

+14.61%

Mid-Cap Blend

+11.12%

Small-Cap Growth

+7.11%

Small-Cap Value

+16.43%

Small-Cap Blend

+14.43%

All-Cap Growth

+6.20%

All-Cap Value

+10.68%

Domestic Equity Funds*

+8.25%

S&P 500-Stock Index

+7.23%

Fund Investment Style

Average Returns November 2004 (%)

Large-Cap Growth

+4.16%

Large-Cap Value

+4.59%

Large-Cap Blend

+4.15%

Mid-Cap Growth

+5.43%

Mid-Cap Value

+6.85%

Mid-Cap Blend

+5.30%

Small-Cap Growth

+6.92%

Small-Cap Value

+8.11%

Small-Cap Blend

+7.33%

All-Cap Growth

+5.65%

All-Cap Value

+5.93%

Domestic Equity Funds*

+5.35%

S&P 500-Stock Index

+4.02%

Domestic Equity Funds* — 2004 Returns Through 11/30/04

Best Performers

Returns (%)

Worst Performers

Returns (%)

Large-Cap Growth Vanguard Capital Opportunity/Inv (VHCOX)

+17.4%

Rydex Dynamic Funds: Venture 100 Fund/C (RYCDX)

-20.3%

Large-Cap Value Alpine Dynamic Dividend Fund (ADVDX)

+20.9%

Wade Fund

-2.5%

Large-Cap Blend Fidelity Advisor New Insights/A (FNIAX)

+16.2%

Rydex Dynamic Funds: Tempest 500 Fund/C (RYCBX)

-15.3%

Mid-Cap Growth Baron Asset Fund (BARAX)

+20.3%

Ameritor Investment Fund (AIVTX)

-32.4%

Mid-Cap Value ASAF Neuberger & Berman Mid-Cap Value Fund/A (NABVX)

+31.0%

Meehan Focus (MEFOX)

+3.5%

Mid-Cap Blend Fidelity Leveraged Company Stock (FLVCX)

+23.9%

Phoenix-Seneca:Mid Cap EDGE Fund/A (EDGEX)

+1.8%

Small-Cap Growth Credit Suisse Instl Small Cap Growth (WISCX)

+28.5%

Thurlow Growth Fund (THRGX)

-32.3%

Small-Cap Value Pacific Advisors: Small Cap Fund/A (PASMX)

+30.5%

Corbin Small Cap Value Fund (CORBX)

-9.5%

Small-Cap Blend ProFunds: UltraSmall Cap/Iv (UAPIX)

+25.2%

Potomac Small Cap/Short/Investor (POSSX)

-16.7%

All-Cap Growth Pax World Growth Fund (PXWGX)

+19.6%

Choice Focus Fund (CHFCX)

-9.5%

All-Cap Blend Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX)

+23.0%

Neuberger Berman Focus/Advisor (NBFAX)

-0.1%

Domestic Equity Funds* — November 2004 Returns

Best Performers

Returns (%)

Worst Performers

Returns (%)

Large-Cap Growth ProFunds: UltraOTC/Iv (UOPIX)

+11.5%

ProFunds: UltraShort OTC/Sv (USPSX)

-10.9%

Large-Cap Value API Tr: Value/C (YCVTX)

+11.6%

Sequoia Fund (SEQUX)

+0.3%

Large-Cap Blend Thompson Plumb Select Fund (THPSX)

+8.5%

Rydex Dynam: Inv. Dyn Dow/H (RYCWX)

-8.2%

Mid-Cap Growth Grand Prix Fund/A (GPFFX)

+13.6%

Ameritor Investment Fund (AIVTX)

0.0

Mid-Cap Value Strategic Part Rel Value Fund/C (NCBVX)

+20.9%

Tweedy Browne American Value Fund (TWEBX)

+2.7%

Mid-Cap Blend ProFunds: UltraMid Cap/Iv (UMPIX)

+11.7%

ProFunds: Ult Shty Md Cap/S (UIPSX)

-10.9%

Small-Cap Growth Bridgeway Fund:Ultra Small Company Fund (BRUSX)

+12.7%

Van Wagoner Post-Venture Fund (VWPVX)

0.0

Small-Cap Value ING Small Cap Value/A (IVSAX)

+14.2%

Target Portfolio Trust:Small Cap Value (TASVX)

+2.0%

Small-Cap Blend ProFunds: UltraSmall Cap/Iv (UAPIX)

+17.8%

ProFunds: UltraSht SCp/Srv (UCPSX)

-15.5%

All-Cap Growth Reynolds Fund (REYFX)

+10.9%

American Century EmVee/Investor (AEVIX)

+1.6%

All-Cap Value Hotchkis & Wiley All Cap Value Fund/A (HWAAX)

+12.2%

Electric City Value Fund (ECVFX)

+1.8%

*Excluding sector and balanced funds.

Source: Standard & Poor’s. Total returns include reinvested dividends. Data as of 11/30/04.

Contact Bob Keane with questions or comments at: bkeane@investmentadvisor.com