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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.

March 2008 Issue and Supplement

Investors have had a rough ride over the last few months, but “this, too, will pass.” Yes, it has been painful to watch good stocks and mutual funds get pummeled as panicky Wall Street money runners try to pick out the next victim of the housing-and-mortgage meltdown (which has now morphed into a general economic slowdown).

Amid the gloom, however, I’m spotting a few glimmers of light. In this month’s visit, I’ll show you three crucial factors that are already working to turn the economy and stock market around. I’ll also point out a select handful of stocks and funds that may have already bottomed — and will
likely lead the market’s next advance for potential gains of 20%, 30% and more in the coming year.

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!

January 2008 Issue and Supplement

Welcome to an Election Year battle of the titans! No, I’m not inviting
you to witness yet another (yawn) TV face-off between the presidential candidates. This battle is over the outlook for the U.S. economy
in 2008, and it pits the powerful forces of expansion against the almost equally formidable downward pressures that lead to recession.

The stakes are high for your portfolio. Many more investors, I suspect, will lose fortunes in the New Year than make them. Now more than ever, you need a strategy that will keep your money safe and growing, regardless of which side wins the economic tug-of-war.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how I believe the contest will turn out. (Hint: I’m not expecting a recession, but we’ll come perilously close.) I’ll also name the two major types of investments you must own if you’re to be fully prepared for the volatile weeks and months I see ahead.

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 2007 Issue and Supplement

Stay on the bus — you’re going to enjoy the sights! After last summer’s
violent stock market drop, and now the rebound, some investors are
saying to themselves: “Here’s my chance to step down. Let me out.”

That’s a blunder I don’t want you to make, because this old bull still
has some marvelous profits to serve up. If you properly control your
risks, the weeks just ahead could prove to be more fun than a trip to
Disney World.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you what my research is telling me we
can expect from the “extra innings” of this super-stretched-out global
bull market. How much longer will it last? How high will it go? Where
are the finest, low-risk opportunities at this stage of the game? It may surprise you, but I’ve uncovered yet another classic blue chip growth company (you may have walked into one of their stores this week!) offering sound prospects for a 20% or even 30% return in the coming year.

June 2006 Issue

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you where these bargains lie buried. I’ll also give you an update on our ever-popular income feature, the Incredible Dividend Machine. A boon for retirees, the Machine lets you earn a dividend check every month of the year, with low turnover (minimal exposure to capital gains taxes) and none of the ongoing expenses of a mutual fund.

June 2005 Issue

This month, I’ll show you how to make the smartest use of any further “down time” Mr. Market may grant us in the next few weeks. More and more bargains are turning up on my radar screen, including a brand-new name for us: one of the world’s largest and best-run management-consulting firms, now at a whopping 50% discount to my estimated share price three to four years out. Yet I’ll bet you’ve never heard of the stock. (There’s a curious reason why.)

April 2005 Issue

It’s an open secret. After five years of wrestling witha a stingy stock market, a lot of investors feel torn. But I would hate to see you miss out on the superb opportunities for long-term growth that are waiting to be plucked in today’s market. I’m talking about a small, select group of blue chip stocks so cheap that you’ll want to hold them for years and years.

March 2005 Issue & Supplement

To pull ahead of the crowd, you need a plan—and we’ve got one! In this
month’s visit, I’ll share with you the two essential pieces of our strategy. Hint: It’s not just about buying the cheapest stocks we can find; when you buy is almost as important as what. Fortunately, we’ve got a raft of solid values to choose from—and a great opportunity to pounce should come during the month of March.