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Fairholme Becomes Largest Private AIG Shareholder

TD Ameritrade raises its no-load fund platform fee, and more.

Morningstar Analysts, 04/19/2010

Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Capital Management revealed this week in a 13G filing with the SEC that it is now the largest American International Group AIG shareholder after the U.S. government.

The firm's 15 million shares are worth approximately $600 million as of April 15. The next largest shareholder, Vanguard, owns about 6.8 million shares through various mutual funds.

Fairholme also owns convertible debt and other bonds in the firm.

Earlier this year Fairholme revealed big positions in other recovering financial companies including Citigroup C and CIT Group CIT.

Berkowitz, who first disclosed the stake in AIG in public interviews in March, said he began acquiring shares in the company in the second half of 2009 when cash flows started to turn positive.

The stock has rallied 32.5% this year compared with 9.2% for the S&P 500 through April 14. Fairholme FAIRX is up 18.3% for the year to date, making it the second-best-performing fund in Morningstar's large-blend category.

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