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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.

August 3, 2007

Volatility is a two-way street! Stock prices ended the week on a sour note, unable to build on Wednesday and Thursday’s promising gains. Since July 19, we’ve clearly seen what kind of damage can result when market volatility picks up on the downside.

Kinder Morgan Is Still OK

I’ve had a raft of reader queries about our decision to delete Kinder Morgan Energy Partners from the main model portfolio while retaining the partnership units in our Incredible Dividend Machine. Easy, there! This is NOT a sell signal for KMP.

September 2006 Issue & Supplement

Many income investments are already celebrating the Fed’s decision to pause. (Several of our utility stocks lately have bounced up to 52-week
highs.) However, I’m still uncovering juicy yields in some out-of-the-way places. I have compiled a menu of income plays that will deliver you
a generous cash payout of up to 7% annually, with ample scope for capital gains, too.

September 2006 Issue & Supplement

Many income investments are already celebrating the Fed’s decision to pause. (Several of our utility stocks lately have bounced up to 52-week
highs.) However, I’m still uncovering juicy yields in some out-of-the-way places. I have compiled a menu of income plays that will deliver you
a generous cash payout of up to 7% annually, with ample scope for capital gains, too.

Summer Fun for Bonds

There’s joy again — at least a touch of it — in bond land. Yields have fallen sharply since peaking in late June, with the benchmark 10-year Treasury closing today at 4.81% (down 43 basis points since June 28).

August 18, 2006

Pole vault! Stock prices jumped for joy this week as good news on the inflation front persuaded investors that the Federal Reserve may be done raising interest rates for this cycle. It’s looking more and more as if the June low at 1224 on the S&P could prove to be THE bottom for 2006.