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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.
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.
We’ve still got a few more weeks of seasonal strength ahead of us in the stock market. But it’s becoming clearer by the day that another meaningful “correction” will hit this summer before stocks can mount a fourth-quarter rally that puts 2005 in the black for good.