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July 4, 2019


Consuelo Mack WEALTHTRACK launches a new season with its “Next Generation Investors” series featuring an exclusive interview with legendary value investor Bill Miller, and Samantha McLemore, his Co-Portfolio Manager on the Miller Opportunity Trust fund.

WEALTHTRACK Episode #1601; Originally Broadcast on July 05, 2019

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  • Co-Portfolio Manager,
  • Miller Opportunity Trust


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  • Miller Opportunity Trust
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Investors celebrated Independence Day early with the Dow hitting a new high for the first time since October making it a record-breaking trifecta of the Dow, S&P 500 and the NASDAQ, which both began their record-breaking sprees in April.

What is equally notable about the rally is it is occurring across asset classes which normally are not correlated. Gold is trading at six-year highs and Treasury bond yields are falling sending their prices higher. The yield on the benchmark ten-year Treasury note has fallen to multi-year lows, below 2% versus 2.684% at year end.

What better way to celebrate the launch ofWEALTHTRACK’s sixteenth season on public television than to feature an exclusive interview with a legendary investor whose flagship fund has beaten the market since the 2009 market bottom.

We are introducing a new series on Next Generation Investors this week. We want you to meet the individuals that some top fund managers have chosen to manage money with them, for them and possibly succeed them.

It’s a topic I have given a great deal of thought to, for two reasons. One, the recognition that the investment horizon, even for people in retirement can stretch into decades.  For millennials such as my son, it could be 70 years or more.

Secondly, in this era of passive index investing, a firm’s culture, its independence of thought, investment discipline, and integrity are going to matter even more. As one of my heroes, Sir John Templeton said “If you want to have a better performance than the crowd, you must do things differently from the crowd.”  And that frequently means “To buy when others are despondently selling and sell when others are greedily buying…” which he said “…requires the greatest fortitude and pays the greatest reward. “

That approach takes a certain mindset and training which is why for this week’s WEALTHTRACKexclusive we have asked great investor Bill Miller to join us with his Co-Portfolio Manager Samantha McLemore.

Bill Miller is the founder, owner and Chief Investment Officer of Miller Value Partners, a firm he founded in 1999 while working at Legg Mason, but took over completely in 2017. Miller still holds the record for beating the S&P 500 for 15 consecutive years – from 1991-2005 – with the Legg Mason Capital Management Value Trust fund. His flagship Miller Opportunity Trust fund  which he created in 1999  has $1.5 billion in assets and has beaten the S&P cumulatively since the market’s 2009 bottom, producing 20% plus annualized returns vs the S&P’s 17% returns.

Helping him do that was Samantha McLemore, who has been Co-Portfolio Manager of Miller Opportunity Trust since 2014 and Assistant Portfolio Manager since 2008. McLemore joined Legg Mason right out of college in 2002 as an analyst after meeting Miller at a talk he gave at their alma mater Washington and Lee University. She is also the sole manager of several other portfolios.

Miller Value Funds is a new sponsor ofWEALTHTRACK’s but they are here on their own obvious merits. Miller has been a regularWEALTHTRACK guest since the beginning. This is his 13th appearance on WealthTrack, most exclusive. You can watch those on our website

On this week’s show, we discuss Opportunity Trust’s outperformance, volatility, their shared approach to running the fund and some of the portfolio holdings they are most enthusiastic about.

We also did a separate interview with Miller about Bitcoin, (he was an early investor) and why he believes Facebook’s new crypto product, Libra is a big deal. You can see that in the EXTRA feature on our website. You’ll also find Samantha McLemore’s recommendations for investment  books that had the greatest influence on her career.

If you miss the show on television this week you can always find it on our website . As always, we welcome your feedback.  Click on the Contact Uslink on our website, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

If you would prefer to take WEALTHTRACK with you on your commute or travels, you can now find the WEALTHTRACK podcast on TuneInStitcher, and SoundCloud, as well as iTunes. Find out more on the WEALTHTRACK Podcast page. Have a lovely summer weekend and make the week ahead a profitable and a productive one.

Best regards,


P.S. What is the true meaning of Independence Day? Read Thomas Jefferson’s last letter on the subject, written weeks before he died on July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Continental Congress’ approval of the Declaration of Independence. Mathews Asia


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Bill Miller from the WEALTHTRACK Archives:

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How significant is Facebook’s plans to introduce a cryptocurrency called Libra? Legendary value investor Bill Miller, an early investor in Bitcoin says it’s a big deal.


Miller Opportunity Trust’s Co-Portfolio Manager Samantha McLemore has been trained by legendary value investor Bill Miller since graduating from college. We asked her to recommend some of her favorite outside sources of investment wisdom.


June 26, 2019


Better financial advice for women with Yie-Hsin Hung, one of the most powerful women in finance.

The economic might of women is large and growing. According to research put together by New York Life Investment Management, 51% of the personal wealth in the U.S. is controlled by women – an estimated $22 trillion worth.

That number is expected to jump by 30% percent to nearly $29 trillion over the next 40 years as intergenerational wealth is handed over. Women are the key financial decision makers: 96% of women have a primary or shared responsibility for family financial decisions, yet there is a gap in how women view and handle money.
Women score lower than men on financial literacy tests, and women invest less – by one study 40% less.

Yie-Hsin Hung, is determined to change this dynamic and she is in a position to do that.

WEALTHTRACK Episode #1554; Originally Broadcast on June 28, 2019

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  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Certified Investment Management Associate (CIMA)

Does the advisor:

  • Understand & agree with your objectives?
  • Pay attention to your comfort levels?
  • Have a realistic & workable plan to achieve your goals?
  • Have the same values & priorities?
  • Emphasize long-term outcomes & investments?

No Bookshelf titles this week.


    Add some liquid alternatives to your portfolio

  • – Help dampen volatility
  • – Create greater diversification

No stock mentions in this episode.

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This is the first appearance of Yie-Hsin Hung on WEALTHTRACK. MacKay Municipal interviews mentioned in this weeks episode from the WEALTHTRACK Archives:

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Yie-Hsin Hung, who runs the $550 million plus investment arm of New York Life has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in finance, but her college degree was in mechanical engineering.


June 19, 2019


Berkshire Hathaway stock has underperformed the S&P 500 for the past decade. By a recent calculation, Berkshire’s stock has risen by nearly 260% versus the market’s more than 300% advance in the decade ended in 2018.

Despite Berkshire’s stunning record since 1965, 21% compounded annualized gains, this is not the first time that the company’s shares have underperformed the market for a decade. It’s happened several times in recent years.

Berkshire has outperformed the market by double digits in every trailing ten year period since 1978. But it hasn’t had a double-digit advantage since 2002, and in recent years it has underperformed the market in three ten year spans.

Are Berkshire Hathaway’s best years behind it? Great investor and long-time holder, Tom Russo responds.


June 13, 2019


Classic value investing delivering modern outperformance. In a exclusive, Tweedy, Browne’s senior portfolio managers explain their Ben Graham/Warren Buffett approach.


May 22, 2019


International investing star Mark Yockey joins us in a WealthTrack Exclusive to discuss his global stock picks.
With episodic exceptions, the U.S. has been the place to invest since the global financial crisis. There have been occasional bouts of outperformance by European and emerging markets, specific geographical locals and individual countries but overall, the U.S. markets trajectory has been higher, the U.S. economy stronger and the dollar dominant.

The past year is a case in point. No matter where you looked around the world currencies weakened against the dollar. From the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc to the Indian rupee and the South Korean won, to the British pound and the Euro to the Chilean peso and Brazilian real.

It’s been a challenging time for global investors, especially those running international funds. This week’s guest is up to the challenge and has been investing overseas for nearly three decades.

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