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April 18, 2008

All we can say is, “Wow!” Citigroup announces a bigger-than-expected $5.1 billion loss. Oil prices hit an all-time high. And the stock market skyrockets for one of its best weekly gains in the past five years.

February 22, 2008

Stay on the defense! Stock prices floundered this week, with the blue chip indexes now edging toward their fourth down-month in a row. This kind of action is almost unprecedented at the turn of the year, having last been seen in late 1940 and early 1941.

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!

November 1, 2007

Down the chute! Amazing, but it was only yesterday that Wall Street was cheering the Federal Reserve’s latest rate cut. Then today, the crowd turned tail and dumped the Dow for an unceremonious 362-point loss.

July 27, 2007

Shaping up the way it should! Stock prices skidded this week, accelerating last week’s slide. The market is obviously in the midst of a full-blown �correction,� exactly as our July newsletter told you to expect.

June 2007 Issue

Rodney Dangerfield may be gone, but Wall Street’s “I don’t get no respect” bull market is keeping his legacy alive. Dow at another new all-time high? Shrug. Takeovers spiking stocks left and right? Yawn. We’re in the midst of what ought to be a rollicking party, and most of the guests are half-asleep!
To be honest with you, I’m delighted with this state of affairs. It suggests that the advance will last longer, and climb to far greater heights, than the majority of observers now expect. When this bull is ready to keel over, it will be from too much revelry�not an excess of caution.
In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to pinpoint the safest, most value-packed stocks in this underappreciated market. Remarkably, some of my top candidates are household names, giants “hidden in plain sight.” I’ve got three for you that could easily pop 20%�30% in the coming year, with even bigger gains down the road.

May 2007 Issue & Supplement

You can bank on it! Now that the stock market has found its roar again, investors are scrambling to figure out what to do. Is it too
late to buy? Clearly, the supply of bargain-priced stocks has thinned out in the past six weeks or so. But I’ve got good news
for you: There’s still a rich lode waiting to be tapped—right down the street from your house, at some of America’s
biggest and best-known banks.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to cherry-pick, from the hundreds of publicly traded
banks, those with the brightest prospects for both current income (dividends) and capital growth. As you’ll see, the recent
hue and cry about subprime mortgages is only a diversion—the banks I’m recommending are strong and safe, and will navigate
through this media-puffed “crisis” with
flying colors.

Speaking of mortgages, I’m so convinced the issue has been overblown that I’m sniffing around for values
among the battered specialty mortgage lenders, too. On p. 3, I’ll introduce you to a handful of the healthiest, with dividend
yields as high as 5%, 6% and even 8%. If you’re an aggressive income investor, this may be your finest opportunity in years
to lock in a bonanza while the crowd is gazing the other way.

May 2007 Issue & Supplement

You can bank on it! Now that the stock market has found its roar again, investors are scrambling to figure out what to do. Is it too
late to buy? Clearly, the supply of bargain-priced stocks has thinned out in the past six weeks or so. But I’ve got good news
for you: There’s still a rich lode waiting to be tapped—right down the street from your house, at some of America’s
biggest and best-known banks.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to cherry-pick, from the hundreds of publicly traded
banks, those with the brightest prospects for both current income (dividends) and capital growth. As you’ll see, the recent
hue and cry about subprime mortgages is only a diversion—the banks I’m recommending are strong and safe, and will navigate
through this media-puffed “crisis” with
flying colors.

Speaking of mortgages, I’m so convinced the issue has been overblown that I’m sniffing around for values
among the battered specialty mortgage lenders, too. On p. 3, I’ll introduce you to a handful of the healthiest, with dividend
yields as high as 5%, 6% and even 8%. If you’re an aggressive income investor, this may be your finest opportunity in years
to lock in a bonanza while the crowd is gazing the other way.

January 2007 Issue & Supplement

After four good years, can the markets hand us another winner in 2007? The answer is YES! We’re in an exciting phase for the markets and I’m expecting another double-digit year for the major stock indexes, plus 20%-30% (and even bigger) returns for a number of our favorite picks!

In this month’s issue I’ll share with you my roadmap for the New Year, including my insights into some speed bumps we might experience along the way. I’ll let you know one way to remain calm during the inevitable stock market “corrections” and I’ll give you some of my best ideas on how to outwit Dr. Bernanke at his own game.

And later, in this month’s special supplement, I’ll give you Six Pearls of Investment Wisdom, something we all need in order to make the most of our opportunities while keeping our risks low.