Liberty All-Star Equity Fund, Inc.



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Period Ending June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)



Fund Statistics



Net Asset Value (NAV)



Market Price







   Year-to-Date    One Year      



   $0.09    $0.18    $0.33     


Market Price Trading Range

   $4.87 to $5.43    $4.87 to $5.43    $3.83 to $5.43   


Discount Range

   9.8% to 11.9%    9.8% to 14.2%    9.8% to 15.3%     




Shares Valued at NAV

   (1.56)%    3.97%    32.40%     


Shares Valued at NAV with Dividends Reinvested

   (1.29)%    4.53%    33.48%   


Shares Valued at Market Price with Dividends Reinvested

   0.07%    8.66%    38.96%     


S&P 500 Index

   0.10%    6.02%    30.69%   


Lipper Large-Cap Core Mutual Fund Average*

   (0.17)%    5.19%    28.56%     


NAV Reinvested Percentile Rank (1 = best; 100 = worst)

   83rd      69th    7th   


Number of Funds in Category













Percentile ranks calculated using the Fund’s NAV Reinvested results within the Lipper Large-Cap Core Open-end Mutual Fund Universe.

Figures shown for the Fund and the Lipper Large-Cap Core Mutual Fund Average are total returns, which include dividends, after deducting fund expenses. Figures for the unmanaged S&P 500 Index are total returns, including dividends. A description of the Lipper benchmark and the S&P 500 Index can be found on page 36.

Past performance cannot predict future results. Performance will fluctuate with market conditions. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown. Performance information does not reflect the deduction of taxes that shareholders would pay on Fund distributions or the sale of Fund shares. An investment in the Fund involves risk, including loss of principal.

The Fund is a closed-end fund and does not continuously offer shares. The Fund trades in the secondary market, investors wishing to buy or sell shares need to place orders through an intermediary or broker by using the Fund’s ticker symbol: USA. The share price of a closed-end fund is based on the market’s value. Shares of closed-end funds frequently trade at a discount to net asset value. The price of the Fund’s shares is determined by a number of factors, several of which are beyond the control of the Fund. Therefore, the Fund cannot predict whether its shares will trade at, below or above net asset value.




Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   President’s Letter


Fellow Shareholders:

  July 2011

Despite periodic bouts of investor worry and doubt, stocks managed to hold their own in the second quarter. As measured by the S&P 500 Index, stocks gained 0.10 percent in the quarter—essentially unchanged. While stocks did not gain ground in the quarter, neither did they give it up, and that may be considered a minor victory given that stocks declined for six straight weeks through May and mid-June, their longest losing streak since the market bottomed in March 2009. At one point in June (the 15th) the S&P 500 had declined 4.15 percent for the quarter, so by closing strong and crossing into positive territory the market gained momentum going into the third quarter.

The quarter was dominated by a continuation of the “risk on, risk off” mentality as stocks and other asset classes responded to macro events that ranged from slowing domestic and global economic growth to sovereign debt problems in Southern Europe as well as deficit and debt ceiling challenges in the U.S. Sentiment turned quickly throughout the quarter based on geopolitical events and economic data in the U.S. and abroad. Other news was far more positive; corporate earnings generally continued to top estimates, the initial public offering market was active, as was merger and acquisition activity, and commodity prices backed away from near-record levels. The S&P 500 got off to a strong start in April by advancing 2.96 percent. But, it reversed direction and gave up 1.13 percent and 1.67 percent, respectively, in May and June. Only a strong finish in late June pushed the index back to the plus side.

For the quarter, Liberty All-Star Equity Fund moderately lagged relevant benchmarks. The Fund declined 1.56 percent with shares valued at net asset value (NAV) and -1.29 percent with shares valued at NAV with dividends reinvested. However, the Fund gained 0.07 percent with shares valued at market price (with dividends reinvested). As noted earlier, the S&P 500 Index returned 0.10 percent. The Lipper Large-Cap Core Mutual Fund Average returned -0.17 percent for the quarter; the Fund’s return ranked it in the 83rd percentile of the Lipper Large-Cap Core universe for the second quarter of 2011. As the table on the facing page shows, Fund performance remains strong over the past 12 months, as the Fund ranked in the 7th percentile in the Lipper universe over the past four quarters. Although it has been three years since the onset of the financial crisis, the effects still linger in the minds of investors and the impact still burdens economies throughout the globe. During that difficult and volatile period, the Fund’s NAV and market price performance with dividends reinvested rank in the top third of its Lipper peer group and exceed that of the S&P 500 Index.

Quarterly fund performance was hurt by overweights to information technology and financial stocks, which were the poorest performing sectors in the S&P 500. (Year-to-date through June 30, financials were also the only S&P 500 sector to show negative returns.) The Fund was also hindered by an underweight to consumer staples, which outperformed for the quarter as investors became more risk averse.

The discount at which Fund shares traded relative to their underlying NAV continued to narrow. Shares traded in a discount range of 9.8 percent to 11.9 percent to NAV for the quarter, well below the high point of 15.3 percent reached earlier in the past 12 months.

The third quarter got off to a fast start in its first few trading days before running into headwinds generated by Euro zone debt fears and concerns over the U.S. debt ceiling. These abrupt swings suggest that investors may see more of the heightened volatility that characterized the second quarter. Whatever markets bring, we are confident in the Fund’s structure and in the skills and


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


President’s Letter    Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund


dedication of the Fund’s five investment managers. In that regard, we invite you to read our interview with one of the Fund’s value style managers, David Katz of Matrix Asset Advisors, which we present in this quarterly report.

After the second quarter closed, ALPS Holdings, Inc., the parent company of your Fund’s manager, ALPS Advisors, Inc., announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by DST Systems, Inc. As a result, two proposals relating to your Fund’s advisory agreements will be submitted to Fund shareholders at a special shareholder meeting to be held on September 30. A proxy statement, which will be mailed separately, discusses these two proposals in detail. I ask for your support on these two proposals in order to provide continuity in the management and operation of your Fund. If you have not already done so, please review the proxy statement and cast your vote on each proposal. The Board of Trustees recommends that you vote FOR each proposal.

As we continue into the Fund’s 25th anniversary year, we thank you for your support and confidence in the Fund as a long-term core equity investment.



William R. Parmentier, Jr.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund



The views expressed in the President’s letter and the Manager Interview reflect the views of the President and Manager as of July 2011 and may not reflect their views on the date this report is first published or anytime thereafter. These views are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict so actual outcomes and results may differ significantly from the views expressed. These views are subject to change at any time based upon economic, market or other conditions and the Fund disclaims any responsibility to update such views. These views may not be relied on as investment advice and, because investment decisions for the Fund are based on numerous factors, may not be relied on as an indication of trading intent.



Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Table of Distributions & Rights Offerings


          Rights Offerings     
Year    Per Share
   Shares Needed to
Purchase One
Additional Share
   Tax Credits*










   1.07    April    10   $10.05   


   1.07    October    15     10.41    $0.18


   1.00    September    15      9.14   




   1.18             0.13


   1.33                   0.36


   1.40    April    20     12.83   








   0.88    May    10      8.99   




   0.89    July    10**      8.34   






   0.90    December    10      6.51     









1st Quarter


2nd Quarter




The Fund’s net investment income and net realized capital gains exceeded the amount to be distributed under the Fund’s distribution policy. In each case, the Fund elected to pay taxes on the undistributed income and passed through a proportionate tax credit to shareholders.


The number of shares offered was increased by an additional 25% to cover a portion of the over-subscription requests.


Effective with the second quarter distribution, the annual distribution rate was changed from 10 percent to 6 percent.



Liberty All-Star Equity Fund’s current policy is to pay distributions on its shares totaling approximately 6 percent of its net asset value per year, payable in four quarterly installments of 1.5 percent of the Fund’s net asset value at the close of the New York Stock Exchange on the Friday prior to each quarterly declaration date. The fixed distributions are not related to the amount of the Fund’s net investment income or net realized capital gains or losses and may be taxed as ordinary income up to the amount of the Fund’s current and accumulated earnings and profits. If, for any calendar year, the total distributions made under the distribution policy exceed the Fund’s net investment income and net realized capital gains, the excess will generally be treated as a non-taxable return of capital, reducing the shareholder’s adjusted basis in his or her shares. If the Fund’s net investment income and net realized capital gains for any year exceed the amount distributed under the distribution policy, the Fund may, in its discretion, retain and not distribute net realized capital gains and pay income tax thereon to the extent of such excess. The Fund retained such excess gains in 1993, 1996 and 1997.


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Top 20 Holdings & Economic Sectors    Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011(Unaudited)


Top 20 Holdings*    Percent of Net Assets    

Apple, Inc.


JPMorgan Chase & Co.




Bank of America Corp.


Dell, Inc.


Wells Fargo & Co.


ACE Ltd.


Cisco Systems, Inc.


The Allstate Corp.


Baidu, Inc.


Visa, Inc., Class A


Consol Energy, Inc.

   1.12, Inc.


Citigroup, Inc.


State Street Corp.


PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.




The Western Union Co.


C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.


Hewlett-Packard Co.

Economic Sectors*    Percent of Net Assets    

Information Technology






Consumer Discretionary


Health Care




Consumer Staples






Telecommunication Services


Other Net Assets




Because the Fund is actively managed, there can be no guarantee that the Fund will continue to hold securities of the indicated issuers and sectors in the future.



Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Major Stock Changes in the Quarter


The following are the major ($3.25 million or more) stock changes - both purchases and sales - that were made in the Fund’s portfolio during the second quarter of 2011.


Security Name    Purchases (Sales)      Shares as of 6/30/11  

Abbott Laboratories

     87,575                 87,575           

ACE Ltd.

     75,350                 236,362           

American International Group, Inc.

     144,750                 144,750           

British American Tobacco PLC

     58,064                 58,064           

Cisco Systems, Inc.

     467,600                 933,545           

Entergy Corp.

     91,950                 91,950           

Harris Corp.

     108,500                 132,000           

Johnson Controls, Inc.

     134,954                 134,954           

The Mosaic Co.

     70,908                 70,908           

Peabody Energy Corp.

     102,825                 102,825           

Robert Half International, Inc.

     160,769                 160,769           

Wells Fargo & Co.

     203,270                 571,450           



Arch Coal, Inc.

     (139,820)                 321,915           

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

     (198,800)                 0           

Dell, Inc.

     (333,130)                 1,041,575           

DR Horton, Inc.

     (584,892)                 0           

Ecolab, Inc.

     (85,334)                 0           

General Mills, Inc.

     (113,602)                 0           

Google, Inc., Class A

     (8,393)                 17,925           

Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings

     (46,775)                 0           

The McGraw Hill Cos., Inc.

     (181,000)                 0           

Polycom, Inc.

     (95,192)                 8,470           

Torchmark Corp.

     (89,500)                 0           

Visa, Inc., Class A

     (54,861)                 139,480           

VistaPrint Ltd.

     (81,903)                 0           

Willis Group Holdings PLC

     (124,950)                 66,210           

Zimmer Holdings, Inc.

     (83,025)                 107,000           


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Investment Managers/

Portfolio Characteristics

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund







The portfolio characteristics table below is a regular feature of the Fund’s shareholder reports. It serves as a useful tool for understanding the value of a multi-managed portfolio. The characteristics are different for each of the Fund’s five investment managers. These differences are a reflection of the fact that each pursues a different investment style. The shaded column highlights the characteristics of the Fund as a whole, while the final column shows portfolio characteristics for the S&P 500 Index. See page 36 for a description of this index.

PORTFOLIO CHARACTERISTICS As of June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)


Investment Style Spectrum


     Value                   Growth          

S&P 500


Number of Holdings

   41    41    38    46    31    164*    500

Percent of Holdings in Top 10

   45%    36%    35%    38%    44%    17%    19%

Weighted Average Market Capitalization (billions)

   $41    $64    $57    $57    $58    $56    $90

Average Five-Year Earnings Per Share Growth

   (10)%    (4)%    (3)%    20%    25%    6%    5%

Dividend Yield

   1.2%    2.1%    1.5%    0.9%    0.7%    1.3%    2.8%

Price/Earnings Ratio**

   16x    13x    14x    21x    28x    17x    17x

Price/Book Value Ratio

   1.8x    2.0x    2.5x    4.9x    5.9x    3.4x    3.5x



Certain holdings are held by more than one manager.


Excludes negative earnings.



Liberty All-Star Equity Fund

   Manager Interview




   David A. Katz, CFA

President and Chief Investment Officer

Matrix Asset Advisors, Inc.



Matrix Asset Advisors, Inc. employs an opportunistic value-oriented investment philosophy. Matrix believes that value can be found in all sectors of the economy, and thus looks for investment opportunities beyond traditional value industries. The firm follows a systematic and rigorous investment process – using both quantitative and qualitative analysis – and adheres to a strict sell discipline. We recently had the opportunity to interview the firm’s President and Chief Investment Officer, David A. Katz, for this shareholder report. The Fund’s Advisor, ALPS Advisors, Inc., moderated the interview.

What’s your take on the first half of the year? After a good first quarter (+5.92 percent for the S&P 500), the market turned skittish … and not without reason if one looks at the global economic picture. On the other hand, despite the gloom and doom, one can argue that the market is holding its own (+6.02 percent through the first half). Where is Matrix on the continuum of fear/doubt versus optimism/confidence?

We see 2011 as being quite similar to 2010. Last year there was also a good first quarter followed by a highly anxious second quarter, beset by global concerns as well an underlying fear that the relatively recent expansion would be derailed.

Looking at 2010 is also instructive for what happened thereafter. As stronger Euro-zone countries began to address the issues of sovereign debt among weaker members, and as macro data confirmed that the economy was not sliding into recession, the market re-focused on the strength of corporate earnings. Clearly the investors liked what they saw, as the market rose strongly in the second half of 2010.


Basically, we believe that macroeconomic data coming in the second half of 2011 will also confirm that the U.S. economy continues to slowly expand. Supply disruptions prompted by the Japanese earthquake/tsunami in the first quarter should result in increased remedial production in the second half of the year.


So, despite the recent slow patch, we believe the market will return to viewing the economy through a glass that’s half full in the latter six months of 2011, focusing on expanding corporate earnings, healthy amounts of merger and acquisition activity, and continued low interest rates. Additionally, we expect clarity pertaining to the debt ceiling and the potential for deficit reduction to lead to a more positive mindset for the market.


While we are not in a robust expansion, historically, slow economic growth and good stock performance tend to go hand in hand.



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Manager Interview    Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund


While we are not in a robust expansion, historically, slow economic growth and good stock performance tend to go hand in hand. We remain optimistic for good stock market performance in 2011.

Mentioning macro factors how does Matrix’ investment process balance bottom-up stock picking with top-down economic and geopolitical factors?

Matrix is a bottom-up manager, which means we make our investment decisions based on the intrinsic characteristics and merits of individual companies. To do so, we engage in quantitative and qualitative screening of the 1,500 largest capitalization stocks. Following this preliminary exercise, we then undertake very detailed fundamental analysis on remaining candidates, with the goal of identifying the 35 to 40 most attractive stocks.

In undertaking this analysis we seek to identify what internal and external catalysts could positively influence a stock price and how a company’s fundamentals (such as earnings, cash flow and balance sheet strength) will be impacted by various economic and geopolitical scenarios.

Therefore, while we do not build our portfolios based on a top-down or macro outlook, macro factors inevitably enter into our consideration as to what could make a stock inherently attractive and timely on a going forward basis.

Is Matrix finding value in stocks that heretofore could have been described as growth names? What’s a stock in the portion of the All-Star Equity Fund that you manage that would serve as an example?

Over the last several years the traditional lines between growth stocks and value stocks have been blurred, and those who are accustomed to thinking of them as mutually exclusive universes have been surprised to see how many names have migrated from one realm to the other.


What is interesting to us are those companies that exhibit the characteristics of growth stocks with the valuations and financial stability that one associates with value stocks. Of late, there are many such companies. During the 2008/09 bear


market we were able  to buy eBay at under 12   times earnings. Subsequently, eBay has been surging

In our view, it’s highly likely that the pendulum will swing back in favor of the large-and mega-caps. The real question really is, when?   

as the company fine tuned its business model and growth has been strong.


Similarly, Corning is a cutting edge technology manufacturer of glass products used in computers and televisions that is priced at value levels. Continuing growth in the LCD television screen business and, more recently, the pick-up in telecom and environmental products has contributed meaningfully to an acceleration in earnings. Interestingly, the stock sells at nine times current earnings, even though growth has expanded from its five-year average rate of over 9 percent and sales are targeted to grow from $6.6 billion last year to at least $10 billion in 2014.

Historically, when we can identify and invest in high quality growth businesses at value prices, like we are seeing recently, it has proven to be a precursor to favorable returns in future periods.



Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Manager Interview


In the 2010 annual report manager roundtable, you mentioned how mega-cap stocks lagged in 2010. There are still many mega-caps that continue to lag. To what do you attribute this? Are they company-specific factors, or is there a perception problem causing investors to shy away from these largest companies?

Yes, mega-cap stock performance has continued to lag, although, happily, the differential is substantially lower than in the recent past. We attribute this continued lag primarily to the fact that small-cap stocks have had a significant performance advantage over large-and mega-cap stocks for more than 12 years. For the very short term, the momentum of past success has become self-fulfilling.

While we see fundamental attraction and appeal in the large-and mega-cap space, for many investors and their advisers it is far easier to stay with what has been working best in their recent experience. Having said that, there have been perceptions that some of the megas are too big to fly, so to speak. And, with various regulatory changes and the continuing overhang of mortgages on large financial institutions, there have been some company-specific reasons why several mega-cap stocks have languished.

In our view, it’s highly likely that the pendulum will swing back in favor of the large-and mega-caps. The real question really is, when? Possible catalysts in a change in mindset and performance include a slower growth economy that focuses on global players that are able to access stronger growth abroad; a weak dollar, which helps the financial results of multi-national companies; the continued earnings progress of the very large companies; some clarity as to financial regulatory requirements; and progress on eliminating the mortgage overhang in the financial system.

Finally, we believe that we are either at or are fast approaching a point of inflection where the valuation differential between the largest and the smallest will be too great to ignore. We believe that when the market’s perception does change, it is likely to be significant in degree and lengthy in duration.

David, thank you for the great insights.


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Schedule of Investments

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June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)








Auto Components (0.95%)


Johnson Controls, Inc.

     134,954         $5,622,183   

Magna International, Inc.

     80,045         4,325,632   







Diversified Consumer Services (0.68%)


Apollo Group, Inc., Class A(a)

     164,466         7,183,875   




Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure (0.96%)


Carnival Corp.

     253,860         9,552,752   

Orient-Express Hotels Ltd., Class A(a)

     47,440         509,980   







Household Durables (1.61%)


Fortune Brands, Inc.

     65,725         4,191,283   

KB Home

     129,500         1,266,510   

Lennar Corp., Class A

     34,040         617,826   

NVR, Inc.(a)

     9,420         6,834,022   

Toll Brothers, Inc.(a)

     190,260         3,945,992   







Internet & Catalog Retail (1.91%), Inc.(a)

     57,040         11,664,110   

Expedia, Inc.

     70,000         2,029,300, Inc.(a)

     12,400         6,347,932   







Media (1.28%)


Discovery Communications, Inc., Class A(a)

     22,212         909,804   

Discovery Communications, Inc., Class C(a)

     55,119         2,014,599   

Omnicom Group, Inc.

     131,450         6,330,632   

The Walt Disney Co.

     107,259         4,187,391   







Multi-Line Retail (0.71%)


J.C. Penney Co., Inc.

     216,200         7,467,548   




Specialty Retail (1.69%)


Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc.(a)

     120,729         4,642,030   

Guess?, Inc.

     42,094         1,770,474   

Staples, Inc.

     285,000         4,503,000   

Tiffany & Co.

     26,213         2,058,245   

The TJX Cos., Inc.

     91,597         4,811,590   







Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods (0.46%)


Burberry Group PLC(b)

     102,366         4,787,658   





  See Notes to Schedule of Investments and Financial Statements.


Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Schedule of Investments




COMMON STOCKS (continued)




Beverages (1.17%)


The Coca-Cola Company

     31,000         $2,085,990   

Diageo PLC(b)

     50,236         4,112,821   

Molson Coors Brewing Co., Class B

     136,125         6,090,233   







Food & Staples Retailing (1.60%)


Costco Wholesale Corp.

     97,371         7,910,420   

CVS Caremark Corp.

     53,000         1,991,740   

Walgreen Co.

     162,000         6,878,520   







Food Products (1.05%)


Archer-Daniels-Midland Co.

     160,000         4,824,000   

Mead Johnson Nutrition Co.

     91,100         6,153,805   







Household Products (0.39%)


The Procter & Gamble Co.

     65,000         4,132,050   




Personal Products (0.62%)


Avon Products, Inc.

     116,668         3,266,704   

The Estee Lauder Cos., Inc., Class A

     30,831         3,243,113   







Tobacco (0.49%)


British American Tobacco PLC(b)

     58,064         5,109,632   




ENERGY (13.81%)


Energy Equipment & Services (3.22%)


FMC Technologies, Inc.(a)

     144,620         6,477,530   

Oceaneering International, Inc.

     126,300         5,115,150   

Schlumberger Ltd.

     96,530         8,340,192   

Tidewater, Inc.

     124,000         6,672,440   

Weatherford International Ltd.(a)

     384,181         7,203,394   







Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels (10.59%)


Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

     70,176         5,386,710   

Arch Coal, Inc.

     321,915         8,582,254   


     245,692         10,881,699   

Chesapeake Energy Corp.

     272,829         8,100,293   

Chevron Corp.

     63,000         6,478,920   

Cobalt International Energy, Inc.(a)

     154,106         2,100,465   


     107,300         8,067,887   

Consol Energy, Inc.

     242,190         11,741,371   


  See Notes to Schedule of Investments and Financial Statements.


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Schedule of Investments

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)



COMMON STOCKS (continued)


Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels (continued)


Devon Energy Corp.

     89,000         $7,014,090   

Exxon Mobil Corp.

     80,175         6,524,641   

Occidental Petroleum Corp.

     75,600         7,865,424   

Peabody Energy Corp.

     102,825         6,057,421   

Petrohawk Energy Corp.(a)

     261,092         6,441,139   

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Class A(b)

     83,335         5,927,618   

Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Class B(b)

     30,325         2,175,819   

Valero Energy Corp.

     304,700         7,791,179   









Capital Markets (4.29%)


Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

     223,500         5,726,070   

The Charles Schwab Corp.

     272,500         4,482,625   

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

     63,662         8,472,776   

Morgan Stanley

     367,525         8,456,750   

State Street Corp.

     247,450         11,157,520   


     368,425         6,727,441   







Commercial Banks (2.95%)


BB&T Corp.

     140,000         3,757,600   

PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

     186,471         11,115,536   

Wells Fargo & Co.

     571,450         16,034,887   







Consumer Finance (0.54%)


American Express Co.

     109,000         5,635,300   




Diversified Financial Services (4.85%)


Bank of America Corp.

     1,635,979         17,930,330   

Citigroup, Inc.

     279,218         11,626,637   

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

     521,665         21,356,965   







Insurance (6.15%)


ACE Ltd.

     236,362         15,557,347   

Aflac, Inc.

     34,482         1,609,620   

The Allstate Corp.

     418,905         12,789,170   

American International Group, Inc.(a)

     144,750         4,244,070   

Assured Guaranty Ltd.

     311,159         5,075,003   

Axis Capital Holdings Ltd.

     169,975         5,262,426   

Fidelity National Financial, Inc., Class A

     305,475         4,808,177   

The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

     78,925         2,081,252   

Lincoln National Corp.

     66,880         1,905,411   

MetLife, Inc.

     100,000         4,387,000   


  See Notes to Schedule of Investments and Financial Statements.


Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Schedule of Investments




COMMON STOCKS (continued)


Insurance (continued)


RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd.

     58,560         $4,096,272   

Willis Group Holdings PLC

     66,210         2,721,893   







Real Estate Investment Trusts (0.06%)


Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc.(a)

     68,110         631,380   




Thrifts & Mortgage Finance (0.26%)


MGIC Investment Corp.(a)

     456,101         2,713,801   






Biotechnology (1.61%)


Celgene Corp.(a)

     113,409         6,840,831   

Gilead Sciences, Inc.(a)

     168,912         6,994,646   

Myriad Genetics, Inc.(a)

     135,032         3,066,577   







Health Care Equipment & Supplies (2.67%)


Intuitive Surgical, Inc.(a)

     16,100         5,990,971   

NuVasive, Inc.(a)

     43,980         1,446,062   

St. Jude Medical, Inc.

     135,000         6,436,800   

Varian Medical Systems, Inc.(a)

     105,500         7,387,110   

Zimmer Holdings, Inc.(a)

     107,000         6,762,400   







Health Care Providers & Services (1.05%)


Aetna, Inc.

     67,950         2,995,916   

Brookdale Senior Living, Inc.(a)

     186,494         4,522,479   

WellPoint, Inc.

     44,516         3,506,525   







Health Care Technology (0.80%)


Cerner Corp.(a)

     136,464         8,339,315   




Life Sciences Tools & Services (0.69%)


Life Technologies Corp.(a)

     138,900         7,232,523   




Pharmaceuticals (2.69%)


Abbott Laboratories

     87,575         4,608,197   

Allergan, Inc.

     89,000         7,409,250   

Forest Laboratories, Inc.(a)

     102,725         4,041,201   

Johnson & Johnson

     75,675         5,033,901   

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.(b)

     148,700         7,170,314   








  See Notes to Schedule of Investments and Financial Statements.


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Schedule of Investments

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)




COMMON STOCKS (continued)




Aerospace & Defense (3.75%)


The Boeing Co.

     59,160         $4,373,699   

General Dynamics Corp.

     99,969         7,449,690   

Goodrich Corp.

     34,014         3,248,337   

Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.(a)

     21,862         754,239   

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.

     93,425         8,170,016   

Northrop Grumman Corp.

     131,175         9,096,986   

Precision Castparts Corp.

     37,900         6,240,235   







Air Freight & Logistics (1.49%)


C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

     132,845         10,473,500   

Expeditors International of Washington, Inc.

     100,490         5,144,083   







Building Products (0.35%)


Masco Corp.

     302,675         3,641,180   




Construction & Engineering (0.38%)


Fluor Corp.

     61,786         3,995,083   




Electrical Equipment (0.91%)


Rockwell Automation, Inc.

     110,469         9,584,291   




Industrial Conglomerates (0.38%)


Textron, Inc.

     169,078         3,991,932   




Machinery (0.82%)


Navistar International Corp.(a)

     83,856         4,734,510   

Pentair, Inc.

     96,787         3,906,323   







Professional Services (0.42%)


Robert Half International, Inc.

     160,769         4,345,586   




Transportation Infrastructure (0.16%)


Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, Inc.

     234,760         1,664,448   






Communications Equipment (4.49%)


Acme Packet, Inc.(a)

     69,294         4,859,588   

Cisco Systems, Inc.

     933,545         14,572,638   

Harris Corp.

     132,000         5,947,920   

Polycom, Inc.(a)

     8,470         544,621   


  See Notes to Schedule of Investments and Financial Statements.


Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Schedule of Investments




COMMON STOCKS (continued)


Communications Equipment (continued)



     372,147         $21,134,228   







Computers & Peripherals (5.38%)


Apple, Inc.(a)

     85,380         28,659,505   

Dell, Inc.(a)

     1,041,575         17,363,055   

Hewlett-Packard Co.

     285,025         10,374,910   







Electronic Equipment & Instruments (1.84%)


Avnet, Inc.(a)

     113,070         3,604,672   

Corning, Inc.

     370,000         6,715,500   

Tyco Electronics Ltd.

     243,800         8,962,088   







Internet Software & Services (3.87%)


Baidu, Inc.(a)(b)

     89,524         12,544,998   

eBay, Inc.(a)

     248,000         8,002,960   

Google, Inc., Class A(a)

     17,925         9,076,861   

Monster Worldwide, Inc.(a)

     602,700         8,835,582   

OpenTable, Inc.(a)

     26,396         2,194,036   







IT Services (2.84%)


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., Class A(a)

     93,600         6,864,624   

International Business Machines Corp.

     3,500         600,425   

Visa, Inc., Class A

     139,480         11,752,585   

The Western Union Co.

     530,850         10,632,925   







Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment (2.07%)


Analog Devices, Inc.

     172,000         6,732,080   

ARM Holdings PLC(b)

     157,500         4,477,725   

Broadcom Corp., Class A(a)

     199,950         6,726,318   

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.(a)

     446,365         3,807,493   







Software (2.94%)


CA, Inc.

     272,250         6,218,190   

Microsoft Corp.

     380,900         9,903,400   

Oracle Corp.

     213,575         7,028,753, Inc.(a)

     51,700         7,702,266   









Chemicals (2.41%)


The Dow Chemical Co.

     105,089         3,783,204   

The Mosaic Co.

     70,908         4,802,599   

PPG Industries, Inc.

     57,300         5,202,267   


  See Notes to Schedule of Investments and Financial Statements.


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Schedule of Investments

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)



COMMON STOCKS (continued)


Chemicals (continued)


Praxair, Inc.

     68,800         $7,457,232   

The Sherwin-Williams Co.

     48,400         4,059,308   







Metals & Mining (1.39%)


Alcoa, Inc.

     407,000         6,455,020   

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc.

     99,306         5,253,287   

Silver Wheaton Corp.

     85,700         2,828,100   









Wireless Telecommunication Services (1.21%)


American Tower Corp., Class A(a)

     174,260         9,113,798   

Sprint Nextel Corp.(a)

     154,570         833,132   

Vodafone Group PLC(b)

     105,000         2,805,600   









Electric Utilities (1.72%)


Edison International

     112,175         4,346,781   

Entergy Corp.

     91,950         6,278,346   

FirstEnergy Corp.

     167,432         7,392,123   







Gas Utilities (0.63%)


EQT Corp.

     125,341         6,582,910   




Independent Power Producers & Energy Traders (0.51%)


GenOn Energy, Inc.(a)

     1,404,270         5,420,482   






(COST OF $965,806,134)







iShares Russell 1000 Value Index Fund

     10,540         719,671   






(COST OF $659,800)






  See Notes to Schedule of Investments and Financial Statements.


Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Schedule of Investments








Airlines (0.03%)


United Continental Holdings, Inc.


6.00%, 10/15/2029

     $109,000         $301,249   






(COST OF $237,670)




     PAR VALUE         





Repurchase agreement with State Street Bank & Trust Co., dated 06/30/11, due 07/01/11 at 0.01%, collateralized by several Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac instruments with various maturity dates, market value of $17,005,563 (Repurchase proceeds of $16,662,005)

     $16,662,000         16,662,000   






(COST OF $16,662,000)







(COST OF $983,365,604)(c)







NET ASSETS (100.00%)












Notes to Schedule of Investments:


(a)    Non-income producing security.


(b)   American Depositary Receipt.


(c)    Cost of investments for federal income tax purposes is $993,285,125.


Gross unrealized appreciation and depreciation at June 30, 2011 based on cost of investments for federal income tax purposes is as follows:


Gross unrealized appreciation


Gross unrealized depreciation




Net unrealized appreciation




For Fund compliance purposes, the Fund’s industry classifications refer to any one or more of the industry sub-classifications used by one or more widely recognized market indexes or ratings group indexes, and/or as defined by Fund management. This definition may not apply for purposes of this report, which may combine industry sub-classifications for reporting ease. Industries are shown as a percent of net assets. These industry classifications are unaudited.


  See Notes to Financial Statements.


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Statement of Asset and Liabilities

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)




Investments at market value (Cost $983,365,604)




Receivable for investment securities sold


Dividends and interest receivable


Prepaid and other assets




Total Assets






Payable for investments purchased


Investment advisory fee payable


Payable for administration, pricing and bookkeeping fees


Accrued expenses




Total Liabilities




Net Assets






Paid-in capital


Overdistributed net investment income


Accumulated net realized loss on investments


Net unrealized appreciation on investments




Net Assets




Shares of common stock outstanding (unlimited number of shares of beneficial interest without par value authorized)




Net Asset Value Per Share





  See Notes to Financial Statements.


Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Statement of Operations
   For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)






Dividends (Net of foreign taxes withheld at source which amounted to $7,632)






Total Investment Income






Investment advisory fee


Administration fee


Pricing and bookkeeping fees


Audit fee


Custodian fee


Insurance expense


Legal fees


NYSE fee


Shareholder communication expenses


Transfer agent fees


Trustees’ fees and expenses


Miscellaneous expenses




Total Expenses




Net Investment Income






Net realized gain on investment transactions


Net unrealized appreciation on investments:


Beginning of year


End of period




Net change in unrealized appreciation




Net Realized and Unrealized Gain on Investments




Net Increase in Net Assets from Operations





  See Notes to Financial Statements.


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Statements of Changes in Net Assets

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund




For the Six

Months Ended

June 30, 2011



For the

Year Ended

December 31, 2010




Net investment income

     $854,868         $737,239   

Net realized gain on investment transactions

     46,414,822         41,891,329   

Net change in unrealized appreciation/(depreciation)

     (4,021,796)         96,762,473   



Net Increase in Net Assets From Operations

     43,247,894         139,391,041   





From net investment income

     (32,882,056)         (43,330,824)   

Tax return of capital




Total Distributions

     (32,882,056)         (56,630,206)   



Net Increase in Net Assets

     10,365,838         82,760,835   



Beginning of period

     1,038,826,843         956,066,008   



End of period (Includes overdistributed net investment income of $(32,027,188) and $0, respectively)

     $1,049,192,681         $1,038,826,843   




  See Notes to Financial Statements.


Intentionally Left Blank

Financial Highlights

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund




For the Six    

Months Ended    

June 30, 2011    



Per Share Operating Performance:


Net asset value at beginning of period




Income from investment operations:


Net investment income(a)


Net realized and unrealized gain/(loss) on investments and foreign currency




Total from Investment Operations




Less Distributions to Shareholders:


Net investment income


Net realized gain on investments


Tax return of capital




Total Distributions




Change due to rights offering(c)




Total Distributions and Rights Offering




Net asset value at end of period




Market price at end of period




Total Investment Return For Shareholders:(d)


Based on net asset value


Based on market price


Ratios and Supplemental Data:


Net assets at end of period (millions)


Ratio of expenses to average net assets


Ratio of net investment income to average net assets


Portfolio turnover rate






Calculated using average shares outstanding during the period.


Less than $0.005 per share.


Effect of Fund’s rights offerings for shares at a price below net asset value.


Calculated assuming all distributions are reinvested at actual reinvestment prices. The net asset value and market price returns will differ depending upon the level of any discount from or premium to net asset value at which the Fund’s shares traded during the period. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.


Not annualized.




The benefits derived from custody credits and directed brokerage arrangements, if any, had an impact of less than 0.01%.


  See Notes to Financial Statements.


Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Financial Highlights




For the

Year Ended

December 31, 2010


For the

Year Ended

December 31, 2009


For the

Year Ended

December 31, 2008


For the

Year Ended

December 31, 2007


For the

Year Ended

December 31, 2006

  $5.23        $4.21        $8.07        $8.76        $8.85   
  0.00 (b)      0.02        0.07        0.07        0.04   
  0.77        1.31        (3.28)        0.31        0.75   
  0.77        1.33        (3.21)        0.38        0.79   
  (0.24)        (0.02)        (0.07)        (0.07)        (0.04)   
                       (0.82)        (0.81)   
  (0.07)        (0.29)        (0.58)        (0.01)        (0.03)   
  (0.31)        (0.31)        (0.65)        (0.90)        (0.88)   
  (0.31)        (0.31)        (0.65)        (1.07)        (0.88)   
  $5.69        $5.23        $4.21        $8.07        $8.76   
  $4.93        $4.33        $3.50        $7.05        $8.29   
  16.3%        35.7%        (41.2%)        5.3%        10.4%   
  21.7%        35.1%        (44.0%)        (2.8%)        11.7%   
  $1,039        $956        $752        $1,443        $1,372   
  1.08%        1.09%        1.01%        0.98% (g)      1.01% (g) 
  0.08%        0.38%        1.05%        0.76% (g)      0.43% (g) 
  52%        89%        87%        74%        72%   


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Notes to Financial Statements

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)




Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund (the “Fund”) is a Massachusetts business trust registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “Act”), as amended, as a diversified, closed-end management investment company.

Investment Goal

The Fund seeks total investment return comprised of long-term capital appreciation and current income through investing primarily in a diversified portfolio of equity securities.

Fund Shares

The Fund may issue an unlimited number of shares of beneficial interest.



Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Actual results could differ from these estimates. The following is a summary of significant accounting policies consistently followed by the Fund in the preparation of its financial statements.

Security Valuation

Equity securities including common stocks and exchange traded funds are valued at the last sale price at the close of the principal exchange on which they trade, except for securities listed on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations (“NASDAQ”) exchange, which are valued at the NASDAQ official closing price. Unlisted securities or listed securities for which there were no sales during the day are valued at the closing bid price on such exchanges or over-the-counter markets.

Debt securities generally are valued by pricing services approved by the Fund’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”). The services may use various pricing techniques which take into account appropriate factors such as yield, quality, coupon rate, maturity, type of issue, trading characteristics and other data, as well as broker quotes. Debt securities for which quotations are readily available are valued at an over-the-counter or exchange bid quotation.

Short-term debt obligations maturing in more than 60 days for which market quotations are readily available are valued at current market value. Short-term debt obligations maturing within 60 days are valued at amortized cost, which approximates market value.

Investments for which market quotations are not readily available are valued at fair value as determined in good faith under consistently applied procedures approved by and under the general supervision of the Board.

Foreign Securities

The Fund invests in foreign securities including American Depositary Receipts, which may involve a number of risk factors and special considerations not present with investments in securities of U.S. corporations.



Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Notes to Financial Statements


Security Transactions

Security transactions are recorded on trade date. Cost is determined and gains/(losses) are based upon the specific identification method for both financial statement and federal income tax purposes.

Foreign Currency Translation

The books and records of the Fund are maintained in U.S. dollars. Investment valuations and other assets and liabilities initially expressed in foreign currencies are converted each business day into U.S. dollars based upon current exchange rates. Prevailing foreign exchange rates may generally be obtained at the close of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), normally 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. As available and as provided by an appropriate pricing service, translation of foreign security and currency market values may also occur with the use of foreign exchange rates obtained at approximately 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, which approximates the close of the London Exchange. The portion of unrealized and realized gains or losses on investments due to fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates is not separately disclosed.

Repurchase Agreements

The Fund may engage in repurchase agreement transactions with institutions that the Fund’s investment advisor has determined are creditworthy. The Fund, through its custodian, receives delivery of underlying securities collateralizing a repurchase agreement. Collateral is at least equal, at all times, to the value of the repurchase obligation including interest. A repurchase agreement transaction involves certain risks in the event of default or insolvency of the counterparty. These risks include possible delays or restrictions upon a Fund’s ability to dispose of the underlying securities and a possible decline in the value of the underlying securities during the period while the Fund seeks to assert its rights.

Income Recognition

Interest income is recorded on the accrual basis. Premium and discount are amortized and accreted, respectively, on all debt securities. Corporate actions and dividend income are recorded on the ex-date.

The Fund estimates components of distributions from real estate investment trusts (“REITs”). Distributions received in excess of income are recorded as a reduction of the cost of the related investments. Once the REIT reports annually the tax character of its distributions, the Fund revises its estimates. If the Fund no longer owns the applicable securities, any distributions received in excess of income are recorded as realized gains.

Fair Value Measurements

The Fund discloses the classification of its fair value measurements following a three-tier hierarchy based on the inputs used to measure fair value. Inputs refer broadly to the assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability, including assumptions about risk. Inputs may be observable or unobservable. Observable inputs reflect the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability that are developed based on market data obtained from sources independent of the reporting entity. Unobservable inputs reflect the reporting entity’s own assumptions about the assumptions market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability that are developed based on the best information available.

Various inputs are used in determining the value of the Fund’s investments as of the end of the reporting period. When inputs used fall into different levels of the fair value hierarchy, the level in the hierarchy within which the fair value measurement falls is determined based on the lowest level input that is


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Notes to Financial Statements

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)


significant to the fair value measurement in its entirety. The designated input levels are not necessarily an indication of the risk or liquidity associated with these investments. These inputs are categorized in the following hierarchy under applicable financial accounting standards:


Level 1 –   

Unadjusted quoted prices in active markets for identical investments

Level 2 –   

Other significant observable inputs (including quoted prices for similar investments, interest rates, prepayment speeds, credit risk, etc.)

Level 3 –   

Significant unobservable inputs (including the Fund’s own assumptions in determining the fair value of investments)

The following is a summary of the inputs used to value the Fund’s investments as of June 30, 2011:


     Valuation Inputs         

Investments in Securities at


   Level 1      Level 2      Level 3      Total  

Common Stocks

   $ 1,027,735,582       $       $       $ 1,027,735,582   

Exchange Traded Fund

     719,671                         719,671   

Corporate Bond

             301,249                 301,249   

Short Term Investment

             16,662,000                 16,662,000   


   $ 1,028,455,253       $ 16,963,249       $       $ 1,045,418,502   

*See Schedule of Investments for industry classifications

For the six months ended June 30, 2011, the Fund did not have any significant transfers between Level 1 and Level 2 securities. The Fund did not have any securities which used significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) in determining fair value.

Distributions to Shareholders

The Fund currently has a policy of paying distributions on its shares of beneficial interest totaling approximately 6% of its net asset value per year. The distributions are payable in four quarterly distributions of 1.5% of the Fund’s net asset value at the close of the NYSE on the Friday prior to each quarterly declaration date. Distributions to shareholders are recorded on ex-date.



The timing and character of income and capital gain distributions are determined in accordance with income tax regulations, which may differ from GAAP. Reclassifications are made to the Fund’s capital accounts for permanent tax differences to reflect income and gains available for distribution (or available capital loss carryforwards) under income tax regulations. If, for any calendar year, the total distributions made under the distribution policy exceed the Fund’s net investment income and net realized capital gains, the excess will generally be treated as a non-taxable return of capital, reducing the shareholder’s adjusted basis in his or her shares. If the Fund’s net investment income and net realized capital gains for any year exceed the amount distributed under the distribution policy, the Fund may, in its discretion, retain and not distribute net realized capital gains and pay income tax thereon to the extent of such excess.



Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

   Notes to Financial Statements


For the year ended December 31, 2010, permanent book and tax basis differences resulting primarily from excess distributions were identified and reclassified among the components of the Fund’s net assets as follows:


Accumulated Net

Investment Income


Accumulated Net

Realized Loss

   Paid-In Capital






Net investment income and net realized gains/(losses), as disclosed on the Statement of Operations, and net assets were not affected by this reclassification.

Classification of Distributions to Shareholders

Net investment income/(loss) and net realized gain/(loss) may differ for financial statement and tax purposes. The character of distributions made during the year from net investment income or net realized gains may differ from its ultimate characterization for federal income tax purposes. Also, due to the timing of dividend distributions, the fiscal year in which amounts are distributed may differ from the fiscal year in which the income or realized gain was recorded by the Funds. The amount and characteristics of the tax basis distributions and composition of distributable earnings / (accumulated losses) are finalized at fiscal year end; accordingly, tax basis balances have not been determined as of June 30, 2011.

The tax character of distributions paid during the year ended December 31, 2010 was as follows:



Distributions paid from:


Ordinary income

   $ 43,330,824      

Tax return of capital



   $ 56,630,206      

The following capital loss carryforwards are available to reduce taxable income arising from future net realized gains on investments, if any to the extent permitted by the Internal Revenue Code:


Year of Expiration    Capital Loss Carryforward
2016    $57,960,577
2017    $135,025,517

The Fund used capital loss carryforwards of $42,545,829 to offset taxable capital gains during the period ended December 31, 2010.

Future realized gains offset by the loss carryforwards are not required to be distributed to shareholders. However, under the Fund’s distribution policy, such gains may be distributed to shareholders in the year the gains are realized. Any such gains distributed may be taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

As of December 31, 2010, the components of distributable earnings on a tax basis were as follows:



Capital Losses


Net Unrealized


($192,986,094)    $55,744,437

The differences between book-basis and tax-basis are primarily due to deferral of losses from wash sales and the differing treatment of certain other investments.


  Semi-Annual Report (Unaudited)  |  June 30, 2011


Notes to Financial Statements

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)


Federal Income Tax Status

For federal income tax purposes, the Fund currently qualifies, and intends to remain qualified, as a regulated investment company under the provisions of Subchapter M of the Internal Revenue Code by distributing substantially all of its investment company taxable net income including realized gain, not offset by capital loss carryforwards, if any, to its shareholders. Accordingly, no provision for federal income or excise taxes has been made.

Management has concluded that the Fund has taken no uncertain tax positions that require recognition in the financial statements. The Fund files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction and Colorado. For the years ended December 31, 2007, December 31, 2008, December 31, 2009, and December 31, 2010 the Fund’s returns are still open to examination by the appropriate taxing authorities.



Investment Advisory Fee

ALPS Advisors, Inc. (“AAI”) serves as the investment advisor to the Fund. AAI receives a monthly investment advisory fee based on the Fund’s average daily net assets at the following annual rates:


Average Daily

Net Assets



Fee Rate

First $400 million


Next $400 million


Next $400 million


Over $1.2 billion


AAI retains multiple Portfolio Managers to manage the Fund’s investments in various asset classes. AAI pays each Portfolio Manager a portfolio management fee based on the assets of the investment portfolio that they managed. The portfolio management fee is paid from the investment advisory fees collected by AAI and is based on the Fund’s average daily net assets at the following annual rates:


Average Daily

Net Assets



Fee Rate

First $400 million


Next $400 million


Next $400 million


Over $1.2 billion


Administration, Bookkeeping and Pricing Services Agreement

ALPS Fund Services, Inc. (“ALPS”) provides administrative and other services to the Fund for a monthly administration fee based on the Fund’s average daily net assets at the following annual rates:


Average Daily

Net Assets



Fee Rate

First $400 million


Next $400 million


Next $400 million


Over $1.2 billion




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   Notes to Financial Statements


In addition, ALPS provides bookkeeping and pricing services to the Fund for an annual fee consisting of: (i) $38,000 paid monthly plus 0.015% on the average daily net assets for the month; and (ii) a multi-manager fee based on the number of portfolio managers; provided that during any 12-month period, the aggregate amount of (i) shall not exceed $140,000 (exclusive of out-of-pocket expenses and charges). The Fund also reimburses ALPS for out-of-pocket expenses and charges, including fees payable to third parties for pricing the Fund’s portfolio securities and direct internal costs incurred by ALPS in connection with providing fund accounting oversight and monitoring and certain other services.

Fees Paid to Officers

All officers of the Fund, including the Fund’s Chief Compliance Officer, are employees of AAI or its affiliates, and receive no compensation from the Fund. The Board of Trustees has appointed a Chief Compliance Officer to the Fund in accordance with federal securities regulations.



Purchases and Sales of Securities

For the six months ended June 30, 2011, the cost of purchases and proceeds from sales of securities, excluding short-term obligations, were $244,725,037 and $283,535,758, respectively.



In the normal course of business, the Fund enters into contracts that contain a variety of representations and warranties and which provide general indemnities. The Fund’s maximum exposure under these arrangements is unknown, as this would involve future claims against the Fund. Also, under the Fund’s organizational documents and by contract, the Trustees and Officers of the Fund are indemnified against certain liabilities that may arise out of their duties to the Fund. However, based on experience, the Fund expects the risk of loss due to these warranties and indemnities to be minimal.



On April 14, 2011, the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the Fund was held to elect two Trustees. On February 11, 2011, the record date for the meeting, the Fund had outstanding 182,678,079 shares of common stock. The votes cast at the meeting were as follows:

Proposal to elect two Trustees:


     For    Withheld

Thomas W. Brock

   147,235,283    15,668,030

George R. Gaspari

   141,468,395    21,434,918



The Funds have evaluated the need for disclosures and/or adjustments resulting from subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued. Based on this evaluation, no adjustments were required to the financial statements as of June 30, 2011.

On July 19, 2011, ALPS Holdings, Inc. (“ALPS”) and its various subsidiaries (including, ALPS Advisors, Inc., ALPS Fund Services, Inc. and ALPS Distributors, Inc.), entered into a merger agreement (“Transaction Agreement”) providing for the acquisition of ALPS by DST Systems, Inc. (“DST”). If the transaction contemplated by the Transaction Agreement (the “Transaction”) is completed,



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Notes to Financial Statements

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June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)


ALPS will become a wholly owned subsidiary of DST, a publicly traded company. Completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of conditions, including without limitation obtaining regulatory approval and the consent to the Transaction by a certain percentage of ALPS’ clients representing a specified percentage of the annualized revenue of ALPS and its subsidiaries. ALPS and DST currently expect to complete the Transaction in the fourth quarter of 2011.



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Re-Approval of the

Investment Advisory Contracts





The Investment Company Act of 1940 requires that the Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Liberty All-Star Equity Fund (“Fund”), including all of the Trustees who are not “interested persons” of the Fund (“Independent Trustees”), annually review the Fund’s investment advisory agreements and consider whether or not to renew them for an additional year. At its meeting on June 30, 2011, the Board, including a majority of the Independent Trustees, conducted such a review and approved the continuation of the Fund Management Agreement between the Fund and ALPS Advisors, Inc. (“AAI”) and the five separate Portfolio Management Agreements, among the Fund, AAI and the following independent investment management firms (each, a “Portfolio Manager”): Cornerstone Capital Management, Inc. (“Cornerstone”), Matrix Asset Advisors, Inc. (“Matrix”), Pzena Investment Management, LLC (“Pzena”), Schneider Capital Management Corporation (“Schneider”) and TCW Investment Management Company (“TCW”).

Prior to the Board action, the Independent Trustees met to consider management’s recommendations with respect to the renewal of the Fund Management Agreement and the Portfolio Management Agreements (each, an “Agreement” and, collectively, the “Agreements”). In reaching its decision to renew each Agreement, the Board considered the overall fairness of the Agreement and whether the Agreement was in the best interest of the Fund. The Board further considered factors it deemed relevant with respect to the Fund, including (1) the nature, quality and extent of services provided to the Fund by AAI, its affiliates, and each Portfolio Manager; (2) the performance of the Fund and the Portfolio Managers; (3) the level of the Fund’s management and portfolio management fees and expense ratios; (4) the costs of the services provided and profits realized by AAI and its affiliates from their relationship with the Fund; (5) the extent to which economies of scale would be realized as the Fund grows and whether fee levels will reflect economies of scale for the benefit of shareholders; (6) the “fall-out” benefits to AAI, each Portfolio Manager and their respective affiliates (i.e., any direct or indirect benefits to be derived by AAI, each Portfolio Manager and their respective affiliates from their relationships with the Fund); and (7) other general information about AAI and each Portfolio Manager. In considering each Agreement, the Board did not identify any single factor or information as all-important or controlling and each Trustee may have attributed different weight to each factor.

The Board considered these factors in the context of the Fund’s multi-manager methodology, which seeks to achieve more consistent and less volatile performance over the long term than if a single Portfolio Manager was employed. The Fund allocates its portfolio assets among Portfolio Managers recommended by AAI and approved by the Board, currently five for the Fund. The Board noted that each Portfolio Manager employs a different investment style and/or strategy, and from time to time AAI rebalances the Fund’s portfolio assets among the Portfolio Managers. The Board also noted AAI continuously analyzes and evaluates each Portfolio Manager’s investment performance and portfolio composition and, from time to time, recommends changes in the Portfolio Managers.

In connection with its deliberations, the Board took into account information furnished throughout the year at regular and special Board meetings, as well as information prepared specifically in connection with the annual renewal and approval process. Information furnished and discussed throughout the year included AAI’s analysis of the Fund’s investment performance and related financial information for the Fund, presentations given by the Fund’s Portfolio Managers, as well as periodic reports on legal, compliance,


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Re-Approval of the

Investment Advisory Contracts

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)


brokerage commissions and execution and other services provided by AAI, the Portfolio Managers and their affiliates. Information furnished specifically in connection with the renewal process included, among other things, a report of the Fund’s investment performance over various time periods as compared to a peer universe and a market index and the Fund’s fees and expenses as compared to comparable groups of closed-end funds and open-end multi-managed funds based, in part, on information from Lipper, Inc. (“Lipper”), an independent organization, as well as additional materials prepared by AAI. The information provided by AAI generally included information reflecting the Fund’s management fees, expense ratios, investment performance and profitability, including AAI’s profitability with respect to the Fund.

As part of the process to consider the Agreements, legal counsel to the Independent Trustees requested information from AAI and each Portfolio Manager. In response to these requests, the Independent Trustees received reports from AAI and each Portfolio Manager that addressed specific factors designed to inform the Board’s consideration of each Agreement. Counsel also provided the Independent Trustees and the Board with a memorandum discussing the legal standards applicable to their consideration of the Agreements. Based on its evaluation of all material factors, the Board unanimously concluded that the terms of each Agreement were reasonable and fair and that the renewal of each Agreement was in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders. The following is a summary of the Board’s discussion and conclusions regarding these matters.

Nature, Extent and Quality of the Services Provided

The Board considered the nature, extent and quality of the portfolio manager selection, evaluation and monitoring services provided by AAI, and the portfolio management services provided by each Portfolio Manager, in light of the investment objective of the Fund. In connection with its review, the Board considered its long association with AAI and AAI’s relationships with the Portfolio Managers and their personnel and the Board’s familiarity with their culture to evaluate the services to be provided. In particular, the Board considered the AAI team’s long-term history of care and conscientiousness in the management of the Fund and the oversight of the Portfolio Managers. The Board also considered the nature, extent and quality of the administrative services provided to the Fund by ALPS Fund Services, Inc., an affiliate of AAI. The Board noted the steps that AAI has taken to encourage strong performance, including AAI’s willingness to recommend Portfolio Manager changes when necessary to address performance issues.

The Board also considered each Portfolio Manager’s demonstrated consistency in investment approach. The Board considered that Cornerstone and TCW manage the large-cap growth portions of the Fund’s portfolio and Matrix, Pzena and Schneider manage the large-cap value portions of the Fund’s portfolio. The Board reviewed the overall financial strength of AAI. The Board also reviewed the background and experience of the personnel at AAI responsible for Portfolio Manager selection, evaluation and monitoring for the Fund and at the Portfolio Manager responsible for managing the Fund’s portfolio. The Board also considered the overall financial strength of AAI, the effect on the Fund of any turnover in personnel at each Portfolio Manager, the insurance maintained by each Portfolio Manager and the compliance records of AAI and each Portfolio Manager.

The Board determined that the quality of the services provided by the senior advisory personnel employed by AAI and by the Portfolio Managers had been consistent with or superior to quality norms in the industry, and that AAI and the respective Portfolio Managers would continue to have sufficient



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personnel, with the appropriate experience, to serve the Fund effectively. The Board also determined that the AAI and Portfolio Managers personnel who provide services to the Fund had appropriate education and experience to serve the Fund effectively and had demonstrated their continuing ability to attract and retain well-qualified personnel. In addition, the Board noted that the structure of AAI’s operations was sufficient to retain and properly motivate the Fund’s current senior advisory personnel. The Board concluded that the nature, extent and quality of the services provided by AAI and the Portfolio Managers were appropriate and consistent with the terms of the Agreements and that the Fund was likely to continue to benefit from services provided under the Agreements.

Investment Performance

The Board reviewed the long-term and short-term investment performance of the Fund over multiple periods, which generally included annual total returns both on an absolute basis and relative to an appropriate benchmark and/or Lipper peer universe. The Board reviewed the Fund’s performance based on both net asset value and market price and, in general, considered long-term performance to be more important in its evaluation than short-term performance. In addition, the Board reviewed the performance of other investment companies and accounts managed by the Portfolio Managers and the performance of the allocated portions of the Fund in the context of the Portfolio Managers’ different investment strategies and styles and the contribution of each Portfolio Manager to the Fund’s overall strategy and performance.

Among other information, the Board considered that the Fund’s return was strong on an absolute and a relative basis in 2010 and the first quarter of 2011. In particular, the Board considered that the Fund’s performance results exceeded those of the Lipper Large-Cap Core Mutual Fund Average for the year-to-date, one-year, three-year and ten-year periods, with the exception of the five-year and twenty-year periods when the Fund ranked in the 56th percentile. In addition, the Fund equaled or exceeded the S&P 500 for the year- to-date, one-year, three-year and ten-year periods, while trailing for the five-year and twenty year periods. The performance information demonstrated to the Board the Fund’s generally consistent pattern of favorable long-term performance and supported the renewal of the Agreements.

Costs of the Services Provided to the Fund

The Board reviewed the fees paid by the Fund to AAI and the fees paid by AAI to the Portfolio Managers as well as information provided by AAI about the management fees and overall expense ratio, for selected closed-end growth, core and value funds and multi- manager open-end equity funds. The Board noted that the Fund’s management fee and total expense ratio were lower than the median for the closed-end growth, core and value funds. The Board also noted that the Fund’s management fee was higher than the median for the multi-manager open-end equity funds, but that the Fund’s total expense ratio was lower.

The Board noted that AAI currently does not have any institutional clients with investment objectives and strategies comparable to those of the Fund. The Board reviewed the breakpoint schedule that lowers the management fee rate as the Fund’s assets increase. The Board also considered the management fees paid to the Portfolio Managers and the fee rates charged by the Portfolio Managers to their other accounts, including institutional accounts. The Board considered that the Portfolio Managers were paid by AAI, not the Fund. The Board also considered the


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Re-Approval of the

Investment Advisory Contracts

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)


differences in the level of services provided and the differences in responsibility of AAI and the Portfolio Managers to the Fund and to other accounts. The Board concluded that the management fees payable by the Fund to AAI and the fees payable by AAI to the Portfolio Managers were reasonable in relation to the nature and quality of the services provided, taking into account the management fees paid by selected closed-end growth, core and value funds and multi-manager open-end equity funds.

Profitability and Costs of Services to AAI

The Board considered the level of profits realized by AAI in connection with the operation of the Fund. The Board reviewed the profitability information setting forth the overall profitability of the Fund to AAI for the year ended December 31, 2010, as well as the overall profitability information relating to the calendar years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008. In reviewing the information, attention was given to the methodology followed in allocating costs to the Fund, it being recognized that allocation methodologies are inherently subjective and various allocation methodologies may be reasonable while producing different results. In this respect, the Board noted that, while being continuously refined, AAI’s cost allocation methodology was consistent with that followed in profitability report presentations for the Fund made in prior years. The Board took into account management’s ongoing costs and expenditures in providing and improving services for the Fund as well as the ongoing need to meet regulatory and compliance requirements. In addition, the Board considered information prepared by management comparing the profitability of AAI on an overall basis to other investment company managers. The Board also considered the extent to which AAI and its affiliates might derive ancillary benefits from the Fund, noting that an affiliate of AAI serves as the Fund’s administrator and receives compensation for acting in this capacity.

The Board considered that AAI advised the Board that it does not regard Portfolio Manager profitability as meaningful to an evaluation of the Portfolio Manager Agreements because the willingness of the Portfolio Managers to serve in such capacity depends primarily upon arm’s-length negotiations with AAI, AAI generally is aware of the fees charged by the Portfolio Managers to other clients, and AAI believes that the fees agreed upon with the Portfolio Managers are reasonable in light of the quality of investment advisory services rendered. The Board accepted AAI’s explanations in light of the Board’s findings as to the reasonableness of the aggregate management fees paid by the Fund and the fact that each Portfolio Manager’s fee is paid by AAI and not the Fund. The Board acknowledged that, as a business matter, AAI was entitled to earn reasonable profits for its services to the Fund. The Board determined that AAI’s profitability was reasonable in relation to the services provided and to the costs of providing management services to the Fund and supported the renewal of the Agreements.

Extent of Economies of Scale as the Fund Grows and Whether Fee Levels Reflect Economies of Scale

The Board considered whether economies of scale are realized by AAI as the Fund grows larger and the extent to which this is reflected in the level of management fees charged. The Board reviewed the fee breakpoint schedules under the Agreements and concluded that the schedules reflect economies of scale with respect to the selection, evaluation and monitoring of Portfolio Managers and other services performed by AAI and the management of Fund assets by each Portfolio Manager. In this regard, the Board noted that the Fund has reached an asset size at



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which the Fund and its shareholders are benefiting from reduced management fee rates due to breakpoints in the management fees. Based on the foregoing, the Board concluded that the Fund was realizing economies of scale under the Agreements and management fee schedule, which support the renewal of the Agreements.

Benefits to be Derived from the Relationship with the Fund

The Board also considered the potential “fall-out” benefits that AAI or the Portfolio Managers might receive in connection with their association with the Fund. In its consideration of the Agreements, the Board noted, among other things, that AAI and the Portfolio Managers may derive ancillary benefits from the Fund’s operations. For example, under the Agreements, AAI may request that transactions giving rise to brokerage commissions be executed through brokers and dealers that provide brokerage or research services to the Fund or AAI. Each Portfolio Manager, through its position as a Portfolio Manager to the Fund, also may engage in soft dollar transactions. In advance of the meeting, the Board received information regarding each Portfolio Manager’s procedures for executing portfolio transactions for the allocated portion(s) of the Fund and each Portfolio Manager’s soft dollar policies and procedures. In addition, the Board considered that a Portfolio Manager may be affiliated with registered broker-dealers who may, from time to time, receive brokerage commissions from the Fund in connection with the purchase and sale of portfolio securities; provided, however, that those transactions, among other things, must be consistent with seeking best execution. The Board determined that the foregoing ancillary benefits were consistent with the renewal of the Agreements.


Based on its evaluation of all material factors, the Board unanimously concluded that the terms of each Agreement were reasonable and fair and that the renewal of each Agreement was in the best interests of the Fund and its shareholders.


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Description of Lipper

Benchmark and Market Indices

   Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund

June 30, 2011 (Unaudited)





The average of funds that, by portfolio practice, invest at least 75% of their equity assets in companies with market capitalizations (on a three-year weighted basis) above Lipper’s U.S. domestic equity large-cap floor. These funds typically have an average price-to-earnings ratio, price-to-book ratio, and three-year sales-per-share growth value, compared to the S&P 500 Index.



A representative sample of 500 leading companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy. Focuses on the large-cap segment of the market with approximately 75% coverage of U.S. equities.







ALPS Advisors, Inc.


K&L Gates LLP

1290 Broadway, Suite 1100


1601 K Street, NW

Denver, Colorado 80203


Washington, DC 20006





John A. Benning*


Thomas W. Brock*



Edmund J. Burke



George R. Gaspari*

Deloitte & Touche LLP


Richard W. Lowry*, Chairman

555 Seventeenth Street, Suite 3600


Dr. John J. Neuhauser*

Denver, Colorado 80202


Richard C. Rantzow*




State Street Bank & Trust Company


William R. Parmentier, Jr., President

One Lincoln Street


Mark T. Haley, CFA, Senior Vice President

Boston, Massachusetts 02111


Edmund J. Burke, Vice President


Jeremy O. May, Treasurer


Kimberly R. Storms, Assistant Treasurer



Tané Tyler, Secretary



Alex Marks, Assistant Secretary



Melanie H. Zimdars, Chief Compliance Officer

Computershare Trust Company, N.A.


* Member of the Audit Committee

P.O. Box 43078


Providence, Rhode Island 02940-3078


1-800-LIB-FUND (1-800-542-3863)


A description of the Fund’s proxy voting policies and procedures is available (i) on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at, and (ii) without charge, upon request, by calling 1-800-542-3863. Information regarding how the Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities during the 12-month period ended June 30th is available from the SEC’s website at Information regarding how the Fund voted proxies relating to portfolio securities is also available at

The Fund files a complete schedule of portfolio holdings with the SEC for the first and third quarters of each fiscal year on Form N-Q. The Fund’s Form N-Q’s are available on the SEC’s website at and may be reviewed and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. Information on the operation of the Public Reference Room may be obtained by calling 1-800-SEC-0330.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 23(c) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 that the Fund may purchase at market prices from time to time shares of its own common stock in the open market.

This report is transmitted to shareholders of Liberty All-Star® Equity Fund for their information. It is not a prospectus or other document intended for use in the purchase of Fund shares.

LAS000403 02/28/2012