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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 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!

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 16, 2007

Where’s the lift? It may be here and now! All week long, the stock market wallowed in a pit of anxiety over the state of the financial system. But in the last few minutes of trading today, we finally got some indication that the sellers are exhausted.

November 9, 2007

Selling climax is near! For weeks, Wall Street has been dumping bank stocks while bidding up a lot of other industries, such as oil and tech. But today, investors finally realized an old truth. You can’t have a healthy economy without a healthy financial system.

Feeling the Pain

Stock market investors aren’t happy campers tonight, with the major indexes closing the session at fresh 2005 lows. More selling appears likely at tomorrow’s open on the heels of this afternoon’s wet-blanket earnings report from technology bellwether IBM. But is the world coming to an end? Hardly.