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May 2008 Issue & Supplement

These are uneasy times for investors. So why not make it just a little easier on yourself? We’re in the midst of a steep downturn for housing, and a credit crunch to boot. The economy is soft; oil prices, sky high. And on top of it all, an election looms, with the prospect of higher taxes by 2010, if not sooner.

Yet with all these (legitimate) things to worry about, it’s still possible to chart a safe — and reasonably calm — financial course through today’s troubled waters. In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how.

May 2008 Issue & Supplement

These are uneasy times for investors. So why not make it just a little easier on yourself? We’re in the midst of a steep downturn for housing, and a credit crunch to boot. The economy is soft; oil prices, sky high. And on top of it all, an election looms, with the prospect of higher taxes by 2010, if not sooner.

Yet with all these (legitimate) things to worry about, it’s still possible to chart a safe — and reasonably calm — financial course through today’s troubled waters. In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how.

April 18, 2008

All we can say is, “Wow!” Citigroup announces a bigger-than-expected $5.1 billion loss. Oil prices hit an all-time high. And the stock market skyrockets for one of its best weekly gains in the past five years.

April 2008 Issue

The mercury is climbing, blossoms are bursting out — so does Wall Street finally get to celebrate a springtime of its own? For eight long months now, a ferocious credit crunch, unprecedented since the Great Depression, has trapped investors in a deep freeze. Not only stocks and real estate, but even some of the (reputedly) safest bonds and money market instruments fell victim to the Arctic blast.

Happily, I’m detecting hints, here and there, of a thaw. It’s taking a lot longer than I had hoped, but we will see the end of this new Ice Age. As a balmier climate sets in, we can look forward to healthy markets again — and a return to the steady, consistent profits we enjoyed from 2003 to around mid-2007.

March 2008 Issue and Supplement

Investors have had a rough ride over the last few months, but “this, too, will pass.” Yes, it has been painful to watch good stocks and mutual funds get pummeled as panicky Wall Street money runners try to pick out the next victim of the housing-and-mortgage meltdown (which has now morphed into a general economic slowdown).

Amid the gloom, however, I’m spotting a few glimmers of light. In this month’s visit, I’ll show you three crucial factors that are already working to turn the economy and stock market around. I’ll also point out a select handful of stocks and funds that may have already bottomed — and will
likely lead the market’s next advance for potential gains of 20%, 30% and more in the coming year.

January 2008 Issue and Supplement

Welcome to an Election Year battle of the titans! No, I’m not inviting
you to witness yet another (yawn) TV face-off between the presidential candidates. This battle is over the outlook for the U.S. economy
in 2008, and it pits the powerful forces of expansion against the almost equally formidable downward pressures that lead to recession.

The stakes are high for your portfolio. Many more investors, I suspect, will lose fortunes in the New Year than make them. Now more than ever, you need a strategy that will keep your money safe and growing, regardless of which side wins the economic tug-of-war.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how I believe the contest will turn out. (Hint: I’m not expecting a recession, but we’ll come perilously close.) I’ll also name the two major types of investments you must own if you’re to be fully prepared for the volatile weeks and months I see ahead.

January 4, 2008

So how do we grade it? So far, not so good. Stock prices plunged in the first week of the New Year, continuing a very poor pattern of counter-seasonal weakness that has dragged on for almost three months now.

November 2007 Issue and Supplement

Stay on the bus — you’re going to enjoy the sights! After last summer’s
violent stock market drop, and now the rebound, some investors are
saying to themselves: “Here’s my chance to step down. Let me out.”

That’s a blunder I don’t want you to make, because this old bull still
has some marvelous profits to serve up. If you properly control your
risks, the weeks just ahead could prove to be more fun than a trip to
Disney World.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you what my research is telling me we
can expect from the “extra innings” of this super-stretched-out global
bull market. How much longer will it last? How high will it go? Where
are the finest, low-risk opportunities at this stage of the game? It may surprise you, but I’ve uncovered yet another classic blue chip growth company (you may have walked into one of their stores this week!) offering sound prospects for a 20% or even 30% return in the coming year.

March 2007 Issue & Supplement

Win the race at your own pace! All around us, the media pressure is on. “Investor,” the voices shout, “you had better lay some big bucks on the table, and do it soon, or the stock market will leave you in the dust.”

OK, they’re half right. Stocks will head much higher, eventually. As we’ll see in this month’s visit, though, now is a time to be careful
with new money you steer into the market.

Yes, we’re still buying. In fact, I’ve got two fresh picks for you—blue chips that should be
able to ring up a 30% or better gain in the next 12 months. But we’re buying on our terms, and at our own unhurried pace.

For retirees and other
income investors, cash is no longer a dirty word. Quite the contrary. As I explain on p. 3, high-yielding cash equivalents are likely to form a much
bigger part of our strategy in the months and years ahead. Get a jump on the crowd with this month’s top yielders—all of them
safe enough to let you sleep like a baby.

March 2007 Issue & Supplement

Win the race at your own pace! All around us, the media pressure is on. “Investor,” the voices shout, “you had better lay some big bucks on the table, and do it soon, or the stock market will leave you in the dust.”

OK, they’re half right. Stocks will head much higher, eventually. As we’ll see in this month’s visit, though, now is a time to be careful
with new money you steer into the market.

Yes, we’re still buying. In fact, I’ve got two fresh picks for you—blue chips that should be
able to ring up a 30% or better gain in the next 12 months. But we’re buying on our terms, and at our own unhurried pace.

For retirees and other
income investors, cash is no longer a dirty word. Quite the contrary. As I explain on p. 3, high-yielding cash equivalents are likely to form a much
bigger part of our strategy in the months and years ahead. Get a jump on the crowd with this month’s top yielders—all of them
safe enough to let you sleep like a baby.