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Monday, October 6, 2008

“Water stocks are not recession proof but are recession resistant” Water Stocks Podcast; Bill Brennan Discusses the Performance of the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund, Global Water Industry Trends and Investing Trends

“Water stocks are not recession proof but are recession resistant”

POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –October 7, 2008- and its Podcast series “Investing in Water” present an in-depth interview with Mr. Bill Brennan, President & Managing Partner of Aqua Terra Asset Management and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Praetor Global Water Fund. Mr. Brennan discusses the performance of the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund and global trends specific to the sector including water re-use and reclamation.

According to Mr. Brennan the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund, launched in June 2007, focuses on water infrastructure both globally and in the US. The fund is about 65% invested in companies that are domiciled outside of the US.

Mr. Brennan reports, ”“What we try to do is invest in the areas where infrastructure spending is accelerating. We have seen it go from about $250 -260 Billion 5 years ago to $520 Billion moving to a Trillion dollars in the next 4-5 years on an annual basis. We invest in companies that have a 30-40% exposure to water infrastructure and growing.

So you won’t see us involved in areas that are not water company related. We won’t be in the GE’s and the Siemens of the world, because even though they are big players in water and water infrastructure, their revenue does not move the needle enough from a contribution standpoint to make it into our universe. We have to watch those companies because they are actively involved in acquisitions and they have become the leaders in technology. We focus on the small and mid-cap companies that are really going to benefit from the increase in spending globally.”

In discussing the fund performance Mr. Brennan tells us, “The fund continues to out-perform the broader market by about 800-900 basis points in regard to the S&P and we also outperform the water ETF’s on an absolute performance basis.”

“Water stocks are not recession proof but are recession resistant”, he notes. “People have to take a look at necessities- where they spend. Water is a necessity along with power and waste management.”

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