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AIM Funds

04/30/01 05:25:07 PM PST
by Working Money Magazine

AIM Funds is one of the nation's largest and most successful mutual fund companies.

Over the years, funds such as AIM Weingarten Fund, AIM Constellation Fund, and AIM Value Fund - three of the company's flagship funds - have become household words for millions of investors. AIM funds are sold through financial advisors as a reflection of the company's belief that investors can benefit significantly from the advice and guidance of a professional who can create investment plans to meet the individual needs of their clients.

As a part of parent company $402 billion Amvescap, AIM offers more than 60 mutual funds, multiple investment management styles, a broadened product range, and a variety of investment services. Managing global portfolios successfully requires insight into the intricacies of different markets, cultures, and financial systems, and AIM has access to more than 80 experienced portfolio managers and more than 100 analysts across the globe. In a rapidly expanding global marketplace, AIM is committed to making its management expertise and products available worldwide.

COMPANY BACKGROUND

Retired chairman Charles T. Bauer, president and CEO Robert H. Graham, and director of investments Gary T. Crum founded AIM on a dream and a vision. When AIM started out in 1976, the company had only a table, two chairs, and a telephone. Now, the Houston-based company has more than $170 billion in assets under management and more than 2,600 employees. Graham and Crum remain active in the day-to-day management of the company.

AIM's foundation was built on innovative money-market and fixed-income products. In 1977, the company introduced the first underwritten high-yield bond fund. Three years later, AIM launched the first low-cost institutional money-market fund. Today, The AIM Family of Funds offers a full, diversified line of retail mutual funds and investment products for investors at all levels of risk tolerance.

AIM also serves many of the largest banks in the US through trusts, pension funds, profit-sharing plans, securities-lending programs, and other custodial relationships. In addition, offshore funds are offered to nonresident alien investors through US dollar-denominated funds based in Ireland. AIM also manages separately structured accounts for large investors.

INVESTMENT DISCIPLINE

What is an investment discipline? At AIM, it's a clearly defined strategy for selecting securities, applied consistently across the broad range of funds. An investment discipline:

  • Follows a proven, systematic investment process

  • Relies on historical data instead of big-picture forecasts, and

  • Takes the emotion out of investment decisions.


  • Setting goals is essential, especially with financial situations. Achieving these goals takes dedication and discipline. And disciplined investing is the best way to describe how AIM manages money for millions of individual investors.

    A LOOK AHEAD

    It took years of strategic planning and disciplined growth for AIM to achieve its current status as one of the nation's leading mutual fund companies. The company's level of success could not have been reached without a team of dedicated employees, whose collective commitment to excellence in everything from investment management to customer service brings value to clients.

    While AIM is proud of its past, the company's focus is on the future. AIM will continue to be positioned as the model investment management firm of the 21st century, a company that can offer an unsurpassed array of quality products and services to investors worldwide.

    If you have further questions about AIM funds, visit the company's website at www.aimfunds.com or call 800 959-4246.

    Information herein was taken from the AIM Funds website at www.aimfunds.com.


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