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KEMPER FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. INTRODUCES KEMPER INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS -- SMALL CAPITALIZATION EQUITY PORTFOLIO

 KEMPER FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. INTRODUCES


KEMPER INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS -- SMALL CAPITALIZATION EQUITY PORTFOLIO
 CHICAGO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Kemper Financial Services, Inc. (KFS) today announced the introduction of the Kemper Investment Portfolios (KIP) -- Small Capitalization Equity Portfolio, a back-end load fund which will seek maximum capital appreciation. The portfolio will invest primarily in the common stocks of smaller, undervalued companies with a market capitalization of $1 billion or less.
 According to KFS Portfolio Manager C. Beth Cotner, "We believe this market is especially favorable right now as valuations on small cap stocks are very low by historic standards. Small companies continue to look inexpensive, not only from a relative performance viewpoint, but also from a fundamental research basis."
 On a historical basis, Cotner contends that small cap stocks have outperformed all other traditional asset classes. "From 1926 to 1991, small cap stocks have produced an average annual return of 12.1 percent vs. 10.4 percent for all common stocks, 5.4 percent for long-term corporate bonds, and 3.7 percent for treasury bills," she said. "For investors who are looking for a long-term diversified investment strategy, small caps should not be overlooked."
 Cotner also manages the Kemper Small Capitalization Equity Fund (KSCF), a front-end load mutual fund. The fund was introduced in 1969 and currently has over $326 million in assets. Cotner emphasizes that both funds have the same management team and are expected to use similar investment strategies.
 "Stylistically, we are growth stock managers, and we try to identify companies in their early stages of growth that are also attractive on a valuation basis," Cotner said. "Some of the characteristics we look for when buying a company include growing market share, high barrier to entry, a recurring revenue stream and low dependence on one or more customers."
 Industries which Cotner presently finds attractive are health care, retailing, technology and gaming.
 "When considering a small cap stock, we look for a high annual growth rate, a market leadership position or special niche in the industry, and a strong management team. In general, our holdings in Kemper Small Capitalization Equity Fund have historically had a return on equity of 20 percent or higher, and a market cap of $100 to $800 million when we first purchase the company," Cotner added.
 The primary difference between Kemper Small Capitalization Equity Fund and KIP-Small Capitalization Equity Portfolio is in the load structure. KIP-Small Capitalization Equity Portfolio is the most recent addition to the Kemper Investment Portfolios family of mutual funds, a spread-load family with a contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) and a Rule 12b-1 fee. The KIP family enables investors to have their entire investment go to work for them immediately rather than having a front- end sales charge deducted from their initial investment.
 The CDSC is charged upon the redemption of shares and is 3,3,2,2,1,1 percent, respectively, for shares redeemed years one through six after its initial investment date.
 The minimum initial investment for Kemper Investment Portfolios- Small Capitalization Equity Portfolio is $250 with subsequent investments of at least $50. The portfolio is available through registered broker/dealers and other financial intermediaries throughout the country.
 Kemper Financial Services, Inc. (KFS) is one of the nation's largest money managers. KFS, along with its affiliates, currently manages more than $68 billion in assets under management. It is part of the investment services segment of Kemper Corp., a non-operating holding company with major subsidiaries in asset management, securities brokerage, life insurance, reinsurance, property-casualty insurance and risk management.
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 /CONTACT: Margaret Rozen, 312-499-1801, or Steve Radis, 312-499-8393, both of Kemper Financial Services/ CO: Kemper Financial Services, Inc. ST: Illinois IN: FIN SU: PDT


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