Sowing Seeds At Kemper Growth

Patrick Adams is moving fast to revive the flagging fund

Last July 16, six weeks into his job managing Zurich Kemper Investments Inc.'s flagship Kemper Growth Fund, Patrick S. Adams got a taste of real pressure. In the first frenetic hours of trading, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 167 points. A jittery Adams spent an hour wandering around downtown Chicago. His concentration restored, he acted swiftly. Wagering that the setback was only temporary, he bought 44 stocks just as the market was rebounding. Had he hesitated much longer, "I wouldn't have had a shot at rearranging the portfolio," Adams explains.

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