BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- Roy Weitz, founder of FundAlarm.com, says that if a big-name manager attracts you to a fund, be sure to get what you are paying for.
In a radio interview with Chuck Jaffe, MarketWatch senior columnist, Weitz noted that shareholders in Third Avenue Value /zigman2/quotes/207225650/realtime TAVFX +0.66% bought the fund because of the outstanding record of manager Marty Whitman, but noted that the 82-year-old Whitman can't go on forever, a factor which makes the stellar fund grade out simply as a "hold." Likewise, Weitz said that John Montgomery of the Bridgeway funds runs terrific small-cap funds, but he put a sell on Bridgeway Large-Cap Value /zigman2/quotes/209252844/realtime BRLVX -0.54% , noting that buying big stocks is not what the manager does best.
Managerial tenure and experience in running similar funds factored heavily into Weitz putting a buy recommendation on Cambiar Conquistador /zigman2/quotes/208899958/realtime CAMSX -1.51% , Wintergreen and Artisan Opportunistic Value /zigman2/quotes/208860727/realtime ARTLX 0.00% .
In another interview from Jaffe's weekday radio program, Kurt Schacht, managing director of the CFA Centre for Financial Market Integrity, discussed a growing wave of proxy maneuvers that would force corporate management to stop back-dating options. He also talked about the success of votes designed to give shareholders a say in the pay of the top executives at the companies they own.
Also, Shigeki Makino, portfolio leader for Putnam Global Equity Fund /zigman2/quotes/204814291/realtime PEQUX -1.20% , suggested that investors look for "emerging economies" rather than "emerging markets," noting that there's money to be made investing in the development of these growing nations. Emerging economies provide a more stable, growth-oriented environment, which has made old-line businesses - such as steel and shipbuilding - into good stocks to own because the need to grow infrastructure is so strong.
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