Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund September 2018 Monthly Update

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Below is the September 2018 Monthly Update for the Liberty All-Star Equity Fund. (NYSE: USA)

Liberty All-Star Equity Fund            
Ticker: USA    
Monthly Update, September, 2018    

Investment Approach:            
Fund Style: Large-Cap Core            
Fund Strategy: Combines three value-style and two growth-style investment managers. Those selected demonstrate a consistent investment philosophy, decision making process, continuity of key people and above-average long-term results compared to managers with similar styles.            

Investment Managers:            
Value Managers:            
Aristotle Capital Management, LLC            
Macquarie Investment Management            
Pzena Investment Management, LLC            

Growth Managers:            
Sustainable Growth Advisers, LP            
TCW Investment Management Company            

Top 20 Holdings at Month-End            
    (29.9% of equity portfolio)            
1    Amazon.com, Inc.        2.3%
2    Adobe Systems, Inc.        2.3%
3    Visa, Inc., Class A        2.2%
4    Alphabet, Inc., Class C    2.1%
5    Salesforce.com, Inc.        1.8%
6    Microsoft Corp.        1.6%
7    Mondelez International, Inc., Class A 1.6%
8    Equinix, Inc.            1.4%
9    PayPal Holdings, Inc.        1.3%
10    Lowe's Companies, Inc.    1.3%
11    Oracle Corp.            1.3%
12    Halliburton Co.        1.3%
13    Bank of America Corp.    1.3%
14    Home Depot, Inc.        1.2%
15    Edison International        1.2%
16    Express Scripts Holding Co.    1.2%
17    Abbott Laboratories        1.2%
18    Merck & Co., Inc.        1.2%
19    Booking Holdings, Inc.    1.1%
20    Amgen, Inc.            1.0%
Holdings are subject to change.        

Monthly Performance:                                
Beginning of month value: $6.98 NAV, $6.68 Market Price, -4.3% Discount
End of month value: $7.00 NAV, $6.81 Market Price, -2.7% Discount
Performance for month: 0.29% NAV, 1.95% Market Price    
Performance year-to-date: 10.35% NAV, 17.06% Market Price

Net Assets at Month-End ($millions)            
Total            $1,391.9
Equities        $1,353.4
Percent Invested    97.2%    

Sector Breakdown (% of equity portfolio)*            
Information Technology    21.2%
Health Care            17.1%
Financials            15.5%
Consumer Discretionary    11.6%
Energy                7.4%
Communication Services    6.7%
Industrials            6.6%
Consumer Staples        6.0%
Real Estate            3.4%
Materials            2.9%
Utilities            1.6%
Total Market Value        100.0%
*Based on Standard & Poor's and MSCI Barra Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS).            

New Holdings            
None

Holdings Liquidated
AES Corp.
EQT Corp.
Starbucks Corp.
State Street Corp.

The net asset value (NAV) of a closed-end fund is the market value of the underlying investments (i.e., stocks and bonds) in the Fund’s portfolio, minus liabilities, divided by the total number of Fund shares outstanding. However, the Fund also has a market price; the value at which it trades on an exchange. If the market price is above the NAV the Fund is trading at a premium. If the market price is below the NAV the Fund is trading at a discount.

Performance returns for the Fund are total returns, which includes dividends, and are net of management fees and other Fund expenses. Returns are calculated assuming that a shareholder reinvested all distributions. Past performance cannot predict future investment results.

Performance will fluctuate with changes in market conditions. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown. Performance information shown does not reflect the deduction of taxes that shareholders would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. Shareholders must be willing to tolerate significant fluctuations in the value of their investment. An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of principal.

Sources of distributions to shareholders may include ordinary dividends, long-term capital gains and return of capital. The final determination of the source of all distributions in 2018 for tax reporting purposes will be made after year end. The actual amounts and sources of the amounts for tax reporting purposes will depend upon the Fund’s investment experience during its fiscal year and may be subject to changes based on tax regulations. If a distribution includes anything other than net investment income, the Fund provides a Section 19(a) notice of the best estimate of its distribution sources at that time. These estimates may not match the final tax characterization (for the full year’s distributions) contained in shareholders’ 1099-DIV forms after the end of the year.

The Liberty All-Star Equity Fund is a closed-end fund and does not continuously offer shares. The Fund trades in the secondary market, investors wishing to buy or sell shares need to place orders through an intermediary or broker by using the Fund’s ticker symbol: USA. Secondary market support provided to the Fund by ALPS Fund Services, Inc.’s affiliate ALPS Portfolio Solutions Distributor, Inc., a FINRA member.

All data is as of September 30, 2018 unless otherwise noted.

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