The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin talks about why he's currently holding on to his shares of Pfizer. Despite losing its extremely important patent on Lipitor, the company has three new drug launches during 2011-2012 that should offset any losses. The company is the biggest of the big pharma giants, and has a cash balance that dwarfs its competitors'. One of the things you're buying with Pfizer today is upcoming internal efficiencies. The company has made cutting $4 billion in costs through 2012 a goal. Not only that, the sale of its animal health and nutritional business could provide cash for more dividends, share repurchases, or blockbuster drug development.

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