Mission, Kan. (PRWEB) August 6, 2009
In order to accurately reflect the true nature of the mission of the fund, Buffalo Funds announces it is changing the name of its USA Global Fund (BUFGX) to Buffalo Growth (BUFGX) on July 31, 2009.
"The Buffalo Growth name will allow us to more accurately depict our focus on U.S. companies that are aggressively pursuing global markets with their established American brands.," Kent Gasaway, Buffalo Funds president and portfolio manager, said. "The word 'global' in the title of the fund was confusing to some who thought the fund contained non-U.S.-based companies."
The name change also reflects a broadening of the management philosophy for the fund. Until now, the USA Global Fund only invested in companies that derived at least 40 percent of their revenues or pre-tax income from international operations. That threshold has been removed, allowing the fund to research, and potentially invest in, US companies that are earlier in the process of international expansion.
"We have been seeing per-capita gross domestic product (GDP) going up in India, China, Russia, Brazil - actually all around the world. As that happens, there's a growing ability for the people in those countries to spend and buy the kind of things that we buy and take for granted in the US, from fast food to personal care products to pharmaceuticals to luxuries," said Gasaway.
"That's what gets us so excited about our companies in this fund." The overall strategy the fund managers use will not change dramatically with the new name, as they want to continue to build on the discipline that has worked well for them in the past. The portfolio managers consider US companies in all market caps and all sectors, looking for companies and products that are underpenetrated on a global basis - in the US, Europe or an emerging market.
As of June 30, 2009, USA Global Fund ranked as follows in the Morningstar large growth funds peer group rankings based on total returns:
- Top 6% for 10 years out of 663 funds
- Top 27% for 5 years out of 1,294 funds
- Top 10% for three years out of 1,565 funds
- Top 8% for one year out of 1,839 funds
Please see attachment Average Annualized Total Returns as of June 30, 2009
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The old track record is applicable because the fund will be managed with essentially the same objective it always had: looking for US companies poised to benefit from global growth. The new Growth label is applicable since hundreds of millions of people in developing nations have begun migrating out of poverty and into a new, emerging middle class. This steady expansion of discretionary income among this new middle-class population has launched a surge in demand for products U.S. companies may be uniquely prepared to deliver.
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