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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!

August 31, 2007

Can’t keep a good market down! Stock prices plunged Monday and Tuesday, but then gained back most of their losses, once again proving there are plenty of equity buyers — with plenty of cash — waiting in the wings.

August 2007 Issue

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.

July 2007 Issue and Supplement

Will rising interest rates upset Wall Street’s applecart? In recent weeks, a sharp back-up in bond yields (which lifts borrowing costs for businesses and consumers alike) has given stock traders a case of the jitters. Is this the straw that will crack the bull’s spine? Or is it just another passing tremor?

I won’t keep you guessing. I don’t think this latest interest rate scare will derail the stock market’s advance for long. However, it’s also clear to me that the rate background is slowly shifting, worldwide, with major implications for stocks, bonds and a whole bunch of other investments.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you what those implications are. Hint: It’s more crucial than ever to demand bargain prices—not just “fair” prices—for the stocks and mutual funds you buy. A value-plus-safety strategy like ours is tailor made for the new financial world we’re heading into.

February 2006 Issue

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to safeguard your wealth during this tricky period of increasingly tight money, while positioning yourself for the wave of prosperity I expect once the Bernanke Fed reverses course and starts lowering interest rates (probably in late 2006 or early 2007).  Bonds and cash are part of the plan, for sure.  However, I’ve also pinpointed two stocks for you with the best potential to score double-digit gains this year, regardless of how long it takes the Fed to do an about-face.

September 2004 Issue & Supplement

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to fine-tune your portfolio for
safety and profit. Radical surgery isn’t called for (certainly not if you’ve taken the baby steps I suggested in the July and August issues). Instead, I advise you to focus your efforts on generating more income here and now from your investments. If you do, the capital gains will flow back to you in due course.

OIL CRACKS — NOW WHAT?

The price of crude oil is tumbling again this morning, to below $43 a barrel — down from a peak over $49 last Friday. That’s a big drop in a short time, and it’s providing support for the stock market’s ongoing rebound off the August lows.

Pepco: Swap for Safety!

Every once in a while, Mr. Market gives us a chance to swap one stock for another similarly priced but offering greater safety and growth potential. I believe we’re looking at just such a situation today with Pepco(NYSE: POM).