Contrarian Appleseed Fund Picks 4 Japanese Stocks on Eve of Earthquake Anniversary

February 27, 2012

By Joyce Hanson

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The views expressed in the article are those of the author and participants as of 2/27/12 and are subject to change based on market conditions and other factors. These views should not be construed as a recommendation for any specific security. Information provided with respect to the Fund’s Portfolio Holdings, Sector Weightings, Number of Holdings, Performance and Expense Ratios are as of the dates described in the article and are subject to change at any time.

Investments in international markets present special risks including currency fluctuation, the potential for diplomatic and political instability, regulatory and liquidity risks, foreign taxation and differences in auditing and other financial standards. Risks of foreign investing are generally intensified for investments in emerging markets.

The Nikkei is the leading index of Japanese stocks. It is a price-weighted index comprised of Japan’s top 225 blue-chip companies on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

As of the date of this article, the Appleseed Fund held the following positions in its portfolio: Shimano 4.0%, Mabuchi Motor 4.3%, Rohm 2.6%, and Dr. Ci Labo 2.6%.