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November 2008 Issue & Supplement

Has Murphy’s Law taken over the economy and stock market? In recent weeks, it seems that just about everything that could go wrong, has. Retail sales and industrial output are skidding while unemployment and foreclosures surge. Even the passage (after much dickering) of a $700 billion financial “stabilization” program by Congress proved unable to stop a waterfall plunge in stock prices.

Grim tidings, these. As investors, though, we know that the important question, always, is: What happens next? Will conditions get better–or much worse?

In this month’s visit, I’ll help you understand the odds. I’ll also show you how to profit from the inevitable recovery when it comes, while protecting yourself in case Wall Street continues to stumble longer than any of us hopes.

November 2008 Issue & Supplement

Has Murphy’s Law taken over the economy and stock market? In recent weeks, it seems that just about everything that could go wrong, has. Retail sales and industrial output are skidding while unemployment and foreclosures surge. Even the passage (after much dickering) of a $700 billion financial “stabilization” program by Congress proved unable to stop a waterfall plunge in stock prices.

Grim tidings, these. As investors, though, we know that the important question, always, is: What happens next? Will conditions get better–or much worse?

In this month’s visit, I’ll help you understand the odds. I’ll also show you how to profit from the inevitable recovery when it comes, while protecting yourself in case Wall Street continues to stumble longer than any of us hopes.

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!)

February 2007 Issue

Look for riches in niches! After the sharp stock market run-up over
the past six or seven months, the crop of bargains is thinning out.
That’s hardly cause for panic; hand us a modest, normal pullback in
coming weeks, and a bunch of fresh names will suddenly pop up on our
buy list.

Even now, though, a select group of stocks have already undergone their
own private “correction.” They’re forming bases on the price charts as we
speak. Now is the time to start accumulating these wallflowers, before they
burst out of their shadowy niches into the sunshine.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you three of these great values. All are
capable, in my judgment, of making you 20%—and perhaps as much as
30%—wealthier by this time next year, while letting you sleep easy along
the way.

May 2006 Issue & Supplement

In this month’s visit, I’ll introduce you to a select handful of stocks that I’m counting on to lead the market in 2007 and beyond. All of these businesses are riding a powerful demographic tailwind that should propel their growth for many years, perhaps decades, to come. Yet the stocks have only begun to move. We’re five minutes into a transcontinental flight.

TWEAKING OUR FUND PORTFOLIOS

We’re lengthening our bond maturities. Per yesterday’s Hotline, here are the changes we’re making in our model fund portfolios. New weightings will take effect as of Monday’s market close: Fund Supermarket Portfolio. Move 5% from Neuberger Berman Limited Maturity Bond (NLMBX) and 5% from PBHG Clipper Focus (PBFOX) to a new 10% position in Dreyfus Intermediate-Term Income (DRITX).

LOOKING FOR THE BOTTOM

When will this stock market �correction� be over? Monday may have marked the bottom, but more likely the final low still lies a week or two off.

Normally, the market forms an initial bottom (as it did March 11 and 15) with a great deal of downside energy. Then, after an interval of a couple of days to a few weeks, prices trace out a second, quieter bottom. At the second bottom, some stock indexes may touch new lows for the pullback, while others don’t.