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October 2008 Issue

Don’t give up the ship! No, we haven’t heard the last of the financial
explosions that have wracked Wall Street for the past year or more. In
September alone, Lehman Brothers vanished, hard on the heels of Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac. AIG, under the gun, sold 80% of itself to the
federal government. And another major bank or brokerage firm may face a
life-or-death struggle before calm returns.

As awful as the headlines may seem, though, the crisis is closer to its end
than its beginning. Better times are coming, probably before year-end but
almost certainly in 2009.

In this month’s visit, I’ll share with you three reasons to be hopeful about
the economy and stock market over the next 12�15 months. Pundits are
largely ignoring these positives, which means that share prices could leap
higher, and faster, than most folks expect if just a couple of things go right.
I’ll also reveal the one type of stock that will likely outpace 75% of the
market in the year ahead–and a simple way to add this winning horse to
your stable. (Hint: The ticker symbol is MDY!)

September 2008 Issue & Supplement

As they say at McDonald’s, you deserve a break today–and now you’ve
got one, thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices. I won’t try to
tell you that lower fuel costs, alone, will cure the turmoil in world financial
markets. They won’t. But oil’s spill carries major implications for investors.
What are they? Who stands to benefit the most? Should you sell your oil
stocks right now–or buy more?
In this month’s visit, I’ll give you my straight-from-the-shoulder answers
to these crucial questions. Hint: While the drop in energy prices will
undoubtedly help put the U.S. and other economies back on a stronger
growth track, we aren’t going to be pumping $2 gasoline again anytime
soon. Lay your investment plans accordingly!

September 2008 Issue & Supplement

As they say at McDonald’s, you deserve a break today–and now you’ve
got one, thanks to the recent sharp drop in oil prices. I won’t try to
tell you that lower fuel costs, alone, will cure the turmoil in world financial
markets. They won’t. But oil’s spill carries major implications for investors.
What are they? Who stands to benefit the most? Should you sell your oil
stocks right now–or buy more?
In this month’s visit, I’ll give you my straight-from-the-shoulder answers
to these crucial questions. Hint: While the drop in energy prices will
undoubtedly help put the U.S. and other economies back on a stronger
growth track, we aren’t going to be pumping $2 gasoline again anytime
soon. Lay your investment plans accordingly!

April 2008 Issue

The mercury is climbing, blossoms are bursting out — so does Wall Street finally get to celebrate a springtime of its own? For eight long months now, a ferocious credit crunch, unprecedented since the Great Depression, has trapped investors in a deep freeze. Not only stocks and real estate, but even some of the (reputedly) safest bonds and money market instruments fell victim to the Arctic blast.

Happily, I’m detecting hints, here and there, of a thaw. It’s taking a lot longer than I had hoped, but we will see the end of this new Ice Age. As a balmier climate sets in, we can look forward to healthy markets again — and a return to the steady, consistent profits we enjoyed from 2003 to around mid-2007.

March 7, 2008

We’re getting there! Pretty it’s not, and painful it certainly is. But amid the gloomy headlines, in the jaws of a credit crunch, with a recession impending, the stock market is creeping toward a major bottom.

February 2008 Issue

“Stop, look and listen!” If you’ve ever seen those words signposted at
a railroad crossing, you know how to handle today’s skittish — and
increasingly erratic — stock market. With anxiety over the economic
outlook spreading on Wall Street, this is a time to weigh your steps
carefully. Buy selectively, yes; but pace yourself, and make sure you’ve got an ample cash reserve to keep you company.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to manage your money cautiously and prudently through this rough patch. We’re enriching our model portfolio with a conservative growth stock that features not only a generous
dividend but also strong prospects for a price gain of 20% or more in
the coming year. At the same time, we’re boosting our cash holdings by a
couple of percentage points to build a warchest for our next big bargainhunting foray, probably sometime in the spring.

Many of the risks in today’s market are still hidden. If you’re retired or nearing retirement, it may surprise you to learn that some of the utility stocks or utility mutual funds you own could be riding for a fall. On p. 3, I’ll name these potential time bombs. Fortunately, there’s an alternative investment at hand that will let you double or even triple your income, with substantially less risk. Switch now!

December 2007 Issue

With the Dow gyrating wildly and the dollar sinking to record lows, is
it time to step up your overseas investments? Well, yes — but not
quite the way most gurus are advising. With a few notable exceptions, foreign stock markets, especially the “emerging” bourses, have skyrocketed in recent years, particularly in dollar terms. For a U.S.-based investor, bargains are getting harder to find.

However, there’s a nifty back-door entry into the arena of global
growth — and the seats are cheap, too. Many of America’s largest and bestmanaged companies earn a hefty chunk of their sales and profits outside our borders. By plugging these stocks into your portfolio, you can ride the global economic boom more safely and efficiently than if you dabbled in
stock markets from Paris to Shanghai.

In this month’s visit, I’ll introduce you to four of these multinational gems, all poised to deliver a total return (dividends plus capital
appreciation) that could stretch as high as 25% – 35% in the coming year.
After the rocky market we’ve had lately, I suspect your nerves are as ready as mine for a big win!

Takeover Beat Goes On

Wall Street is healthier than it may look on the surface. One sign is the continuing drumbeat of takeover bids. In recent weeks, we’ve had SBC Communications go after AT&T, while Verizon and Qwest have battled it out over MCI. Kirk Kerkorian, for reasons I still can’t quite fathom, last week made a tender offer for $868 million worth of General Motors shares.

Verizon Yes, SBC No

What are we supposed to make of this week’s blockbuster merger story — the proposed hookup between SBC Communications(NYSE: SBC) and AT&T (NYSE: T)? Frankly, I’m less than thrilled. SBC has enough problems to deal with in its own backyard without taking on the declining business fortunes of Ma Bell.

January 2005 Issue & Supplement

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to make the most of the opportunities, while avoiding the pitfalls. On the stock side of our portfolio, we’re concentrating ever more intently on low-risk names with high dividend yields—the ultimate badge of honor. I’ve got a new pick for you that has tripled its dividend in less than two years. That’s the kind of growth that will let you sing and dance through Wall Street’s periodic anxiety attacks.