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Deep Dive: This fund-management firm gained an edge with 202 on-site company meetings in 1 year

For investors, finding an edge can make all the difference between winning and losing stocks.

A way fund managers do that is by speaking with company executives. At LGM Investments, a subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal that oversees $5.5 billion, managers, analysts and researchers held 932 company meetings, including 202 on-site visits, over the past year.

LGM’s strategy is to select companies whose management teams “have their interests aligned with minority shareholders and that allocate capital very prudently,” said Irina Hunter, co-manager of the $204 million BMO LGM Emerging Markets Equity Fund BAEMX, -0.18% which was established in December 2008.

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