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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.

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.

October 6, 2006

Fast forward! Stock prices rushed ahead this week, driving the Dow industrials to new all-time highs on Wednesday and Thursday. This week’s action confirmed, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the June-July lows were in fact the bottom for the year. We’re now in a new bull market that should carry the Dow to 16,000, and beyond, by Election Day 2008.

Cyclical Surprise

The stock market can do almost anything it wants, anytime. If you needed proof of this bedrock principle, the past quarter’s trading should lay any doubts to rest. Assuming no disaster occurs tomorrow, we’ll close September with the strongest quarterly percentage gain on the S&P 500 since 2004.