Legg Mason's Bill Miller may have closed 2005 with a record 15th consecutive year of beating the S&P 500 with his Value Trust Fund, but another money manager is being lauded as this year's best stock-picker.

While Miller is unquestionably consistent and delivers outstanding average annualized returns, The Boston Globe is unofficially anointing Ken Heebner of Capital Growth & Management as the year's top money manager. The three funds managed by Heebner - CGM Capital Development, CGM Focus and CGM Realty - were each up last week between 23% and 27%, The Globe reported. Longer-term performances are equally impressive, the newspaper said.

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