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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.

April 2007 Issue

So it finally happened. The stock market’s Energizer Bunny keeled over. All right, what now?

Legions of investors are groping in the dark, unnerved and uncertain of their next move. Not you and I. We were expecting a timeout for the bull—and we’re taking full advantage of it.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to use the recent unsettled market conditions to fine-tune your portfolio for greater profits. Bargain-priced stocks are popping up all over, including two blue chip stalwarts from our model portfolio that now offer potential returns of 20% or more in the coming year with much lower risk than normal.

I’m also warming again to global investing (a very successful theme of ours in the past couple of years). After a brief absence, we’re back buying China and India, the two most powerful growth engines of the developing world. If you prefer a more diversified approach, I’ve got a pair of globetrotting mutual funds—both among the best in their class—that will take you anywhere you could want to go.

RATE PROTECTION

I got an e-mail this morning from my friend Steve Weiss at J.B. Hanauer in West Palm Beach. His brokerage is offering a new bank CD with a step-up coupon. It looks like a winner.

HENRY'S BIG BUCKS

Is Henry Silverman worth $60 million a year? That’s how much the chairman of Cendant (NYSE: CD) raked in for 2003, including salary, bonus, benefits and stock options. We’ve got a stake in the matter because I’ve recommended CD as stock for aggressive investors (outside the model portfolio).

HENRY’S BIG BUCKS

Is Henry Silverman worth $60 million a year? That’s how much the chairman of Cendant (NYSE: CD) raked in for 2003, including salary, bonus, benefits and stock options. We’ve got a stake in the matter because I’ve recommended CD as stock for aggressive investors (outside the model portfolio).