Bill Miller Is Bullish

One of the most successful fund mangers sees the markets surmounting the current crisis -- and is loading up on financial stocks.

The current credit crunch is "much more serious" for the U.S. financial system than the 1987 stock market crash was, warns Legg Mason's Bill Miller in a conference call with analysts. "The mortgage market is bigger than the whole U.S. economy, and that market is effectively shut down."

But once the immediate crisis has passed, Miller thinks stocks will head higher. And he predicts that the industry sectors that have led the market in recent years, such as energy and basic materials, will become laggards. "The leadership is likely to change," says Miller, whose Legg Mason Value (symbol LMVTX) beat Standard & Poor's 500-stock index a record 15 straight years until 2006.

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Steven Goldberg
Contributing Columnist,
Steve has been writing for Kiplinger's for more than 25 years. As an associate editor and then senior associate editor, he covered mutual funds for Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine from 1994-2006. He also authored a book, But Which Mutual Funds? In 2006 he joined with Jerry Tweddell, one of his best sources on investing, to form Tweddell Goldberg Investment Management to manage money for individual investors. Steve continues to write a regular column for and enjoys hearing investing questions from readers. You can contact Steve at 301.650.6567 or