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July 2006 Issue & Supplement

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to take advantage of the dip by loading up on a bundle of bargain-priced stocks from America and abroad

July 2006 Issue & Supplement

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to take advantage of the dip by loading up on a bundle of bargain-priced stocks from America and abroad

June 2, 2006

Don’t get bearish now! Stock prices turned in a mixed showing this week, with the Dow edging down while NASDAQ and the S&P 500 posted modest gains. We wouldn’t be at bit surprised if the market pulled back over the next couple of weeks and “tested” its May lows. But we doubt a major selloff is in store.

January 2006 Issue & Supplement

In this month’s visit, I’ll explain how a decent cash reserve can add sparkle to your investment results in 2006. I’ll also introduce you to the highestyielding safe vehicles for your cash, such as FDIC-insured bank accounts that will boost your income over almost any money market fund. For the belt-and-suspenders folks among us, I’ll show you how to buy T-bills (the safest investment on Earth) without ncurring a dime in commissions.

August 2005 Issue

Summer bargain days are coming soon to Wall Street. Take advantage of these bargains, and you could turn a so-so year into a very profitable one. In this month’s issue, I’ll talk about how you can safely profit from the pullback which may be shaping up over the next few weeks. I’ll share my latest stock picks and show you the best places to earn high, safe yields on your spare cash. Later, we’ll discuss if mutual funds are still a sound vehicle for building long-term wealth.

One Up One Down

Please don’t ever tell me the stock market is rational. Yes, it has its moments of calm, and intervals of lucidity. But craziness too often seems to be the rule, not the exception. We saw two vivid illustrations of the “crazy principle” in yesterday’s trading.

TAKE A BITE OF GENERAL MILLS

As I predicted in our October issue, Britain’s Diageo on Monday sold 63% of its stake in General Mills (NYSE: GIS). While the transaction is complex (it includes the issuance of notes by Lehman Brothers that will automatically convert into GIS shares in 2007), it should give Mills’ earnings a slight boost.

October 2004 Issue & Supplement

In this month’s visit, we’ll take our strategy a step further. Among our World-Class Franchises, we’re swapping out of a lower-yielding stock into another that will double our dividend income. Plus, I’m looking for our newest selection to deliver growth of up to 60% in its share price over the next three years.

EXPLOSIVE RALLY?

That’s the label some of my colleagues in the advisory camp are hanging on yesterday’s stock market move. Yes, it was a good rally — welcome and overdue. (Remember how I told you on Friday’s Hotline, “We’re entitled to a bounce.”

EYEWASH!

One of the crucial skills you need to be a successful investor is the ability to distinguish between real news and what I call “eyewash.”
Eyewash can drive a stock down for no good reason, creating a brief, glorious opportunity for bargain hunters to buy. I’m constantly on the lookout for seemingly adverse news stories that frighten investors who don’t understand what’s really at stake.