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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.

Making Sense of Bonds and Gold

It’s a contradiction—or is it? Two important groups of players in the financial markets seem to be flashing polar-opposite signals. Today, Treasury bond yields plunged to a 10-month low. (Wonderful for our zero coupons!) At the same time, gold prices surged $12 an ounce, to their highest level since early August.

Keep Your Eye (Off) the Dow

So it finally happened. Yesterday, the venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average topped its January 2000 record high of 11,723. Are we supposed to laugh, cry, clap or what?

September 22, 2006

Breakout or fakeout? Stock prices tried to break through to the upside this week, with the S&P 500 edging above its May high intraday on Wednesday and Thursday. But the market couldn’t hold its gains, despite a strong lift from bonds. We wouldn’t be surprised if the bulls tried again next week. However, we don’t think stocks are quite yet ready for the blastoff we’ve been waiting for.

A Play on Fed Easing

After the sharp sell-off that has hit them in recent months, I’m warming to the precious metals stocks again. If I’m right that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates sometime in the first half of 2007, gold-related investments (silver, too) should perk up.

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.

What Does Gold See?

Several readers have been kind enough to point out that I missed the boat with my call for a top in gold at the end of November. (Bullion prices have continued to shoot up, closing today at $566 an ounce, another 25-year peak.) Whenever a market seems to defy normal patterns, it’s worth asking why.

Bottom of the Ninth

The game is nearly over for the equity bull market that began in October 2002. If we were playing baseball, I would call it the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and a man on second. The last batter still has a chance to score a run (maybe even two), but the odds are almost nil that the home team will catch up with the visitors.

Golden Crest

I don’t often darken the door of a coin dealer’s shop — only when I’m selling. (I do most of my buying through the mail.) This afternoon, I saw on the Net that gold was trading at an 18-year high, just over $500 an ounce. That was Mozart to my ears. So I hopped in the old van and drove as fast as I could to a shop 45 minutes away.