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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!)
Five years later, it’s still a bull! Yes, Virginia, it was five long years ago, back in those dark, scandal-ridden days of October 2002, that the stock market launched its first major ascent of the new millennium. And today, even after several blue chip indexes have doubled off that historic low, the
beat goes on — thanks to a big (and very timely) Federal Reserve rate cut.
Incredibly, many investors continue to fret that the end is nigh. But you don’t have to be among them. My work indicates that the market blast-off on September 18 signals a new and exciting chapter in this aging bull’s long life. We’re now cruising on what may turn out to be the last, best moneymaking
streak of the next two or three years.
In this month’s visit, I’ll point you to a handful of stocks uniquely
positioned to lead the advance. (Hint: They’ve got nothing to do with
subprime mortgages, or any mortgages at all, for that matter!) My favorite, a technology titan, looks so cheap that I’m projecting a 25%�35% gain in the next 12 months alone.
Now or later? That’s the tough question. Stocks put on a nice gain this week, driving up the S&P index very close to a major resistance zone between about 1490 and 1505. We’re going to break through that ceiling eventually, but can the market do it now?
Shallow dips, long climbs — the New Millennium stock market keeps
rocking on! I’m still looking for more of a pullback on Wall Street than we’ve seen so far this summer. But the evidence is clear: This market wants to go higher. Once we round the corner into the fourth quarter, it almost certainly will.
In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to take advantage of the
remarkable opportunities this unsung�but extremely persistent�bull
market continues to offer us. Even with the Dow bouncing around near an
all-time high, I’m spotting plenty of bargain-priced stocks that should easily generate returns of 20%, 30% and more in the next 12�18 months.
It’s a great time, too, for income investors (especially retirees and folks contemplating retirement soon). One happy effect of the turmoil in the
bond market over the past few months is that cash yields on a wide range of income vehicles have surged. On p. 4, I’ll point you to several of my
favorites, with up-front yields as high as 8%�9% plus capital gains potential to boot. I’m shoveling these investments into my own pension fund as fast as I can, and I invite you to do the same.
Shaping up the way it should! Stock prices skidded this week, accelerating last week’s slide. The market is obviously in the midst of a full-blown �correction,� exactly as our July newsletter told you to expect.
Another good week for stocks, but how good? Stock prices moved up again this week, with both the Dow and the S&P closing today at all-time highs. That’s certainly welcome news for our portfolios. But behind the scenes, we find a market that needs a timeout before the next big advance can begin.