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GAMCO launches Gabelli Focus Five Fund

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GAMCO Investors has launched The Gabelli Focus Five Fund, a concentrated fund that will seek to invest up to 50% of the fund in five companies. The balance of the fund is expected to invest in no more than twenty additional equity securities, short-term high-grade liquid investments or cash equivalents.

The strategy for the Focus Five Fund is similar to Gabelli & Company’s research report, The Focus Five, published quarterly since January 2006.

Daniel M Miller will lead the Fund’s portfolio management team, which also includes Sarah Donnelly and Elizabeth Lilly. Miller is also currently President of Gabelli & Company, Inc, and has managed the firm’s institutional equities business since 2004. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami.

The Focus Five Fund represents a change in direction for the Gabelli Woodland Small Cap Fund. The Board of Directors of The Gabelli Equity Series Funds, Inc, approved the Fund’s name change and the amendments to its current investment strategy. The Fund will continue to invest at least 80% of its assets in small cap companies during the notice period. Subsequently, the Fund intends to invest without limitation on market capitalisation.

"The launch of the Gabelli Focus Five Fund underscores our commitment to fundamental bottom-up research," says Mario J Gabelli (pictured), Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of GAMCO Investors, Inc. "Dan has been a key driver in creating and selecting the Focus Five with our research team. The result is a fund concentrated in the great research ideas generated by our team of analysts."

Lilly joined Gabelli Funds in 2002 and has served as portfolio manager for The Gabelli Woodland Small Cap Fund and GAMCO Mighty Mites Fund. She began her career as a research analyst with Goldman Sachs in 1985.

Donnelly joined GAMCO in 1999 as a research analyst and currently follows the food and household products industries. She holds a B.S. in Finance from Fordham University.
 

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