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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.

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.

Reaching for the Stars

When does it stop—or even just pause? Wall Street continued its seemingly unstoppable climb today, with the blue chip Standard & Poor’s 500 Index posting yet another new multiyear year high (its highest close since November 8, 2000, six long years ago).

Housing: A Firmer Foundation

The housing market has been hurting lately — especially in parts of the country (such as the coasts) where prices climbed too fast. But I’m picking up indications that the bottom may not be far off.

Run-Down Housing

Housing is becoming a real drag on the national economy. Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes fell more than expected in July, down 11.2% from the same period a year ago. More troubling, perhaps, the stockpile of unsold houses is soaring, with the highest inventory-to-sales ratio since 1993. Time to let go of some REITs?

Run-Down Housing

Housing is becoming a real drag on the national economy. Yesterday, the National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes fell more than expected in July, down 11.2% from the same period a year ago.

Time's Kiss of Death

Uh-oh. Have you seen the latest cover of Time magazine?

It features a goofy-looking guy hugging his house. The headline reads: HOME SWEET HOME: WHY WE’RE GOING GA-GA OVER REAL ESTATE.
For anybody who knows the history of Time covers, this is scary stuff. Over the past 80 years, the magazine has proved to be about as perfect a contrary indicator as you could hope for.

Time’s Kiss of Death

Uh-oh. Have you seen the latest cover of Time magazine?

It features a goofy-looking guy hugging his house. The headline reads: HOME SWEET HOME: WHY WE’RE GOING GA-GA OVER REAL ESTATE.
For anybody who knows the history of Time covers, this is scary stuff. Over the past 80 years, the magazine has proved to be about as perfect a contrary indicator as you could hope for.

The Last Days of Saddam Hussein

President Bush’s powerful speech last night leaves little doubt that Saddam Hussein is in his final days as ruler of Iraq. Even the timid Europeans, who normally recoil in horror when Bush delivers a hawkish message, are celebrating this morning.