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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.

November 2, 2007

Could have been worse! After yesterday’s massive 362-point drop in the Dow, stocks got off to another rough start today. But then, around 11:30 a.m. ET, the market found its footing and began the long climb back to close in the green.

November 1, 2007

Down the chute! Amazing, but it was only yesterday that Wall Street was cheering the Federal Reserve’s latest rate cut. Then today, the crowd turned tail and dumped the Dow for an unceremonious 362-point loss.

May 2007 Issue & Supplement

You can bank on it! Now that the stock market has found its roar again, investors are scrambling to figure out what to do. Is it too
late to buy? Clearly, the supply of bargain-priced stocks has thinned out in the past six weeks or so. But I’ve got good news
for you: There’s still a rich lode waiting to be tapped—right down the street from your house, at some of America’s
biggest and best-known banks.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to cherry-pick, from the hundreds of publicly traded
banks, those with the brightest prospects for both current income (dividends) and capital growth. As you’ll see, the recent
hue and cry about subprime mortgages is only a diversion—the banks I’m recommending are strong and safe, and will navigate
through this media-puffed “crisis” with
flying colors.

Speaking of mortgages, I’m so convinced the issue has been overblown that I’m sniffing around for values
among the battered specialty mortgage lenders, too. On p. 3, I’ll introduce you to a handful of the healthiest, with dividend
yields as high as 5%, 6% and even 8%. If you’re an aggressive income investor, this may be your finest opportunity in years
to lock in a bonanza while the crowd is gazing the other way.

May 2007 Issue & Supplement

You can bank on it! Now that the stock market has found its roar again, investors are scrambling to figure out what to do. Is it too
late to buy? Clearly, the supply of bargain-priced stocks has thinned out in the past six weeks or so. But I’ve got good news
for you: There’s still a rich lode waiting to be tapped—right down the street from your house, at some of America’s
biggest and best-known banks.

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to cherry-pick, from the hundreds of publicly traded
banks, those with the brightest prospects for both current income (dividends) and capital growth. As you’ll see, the recent
hue and cry about subprime mortgages is only a diversion—the banks I’m recommending are strong and safe, and will navigate
through this media-puffed “crisis” with
flying colors.

Speaking of mortgages, I’m so convinced the issue has been overblown that I’m sniffing around for values
among the battered specialty mortgage lenders, too. On p. 3, I’ll introduce you to a handful of the healthiest, with dividend
yields as high as 5%, 6% and even 8%. If you’re an aggressive income investor, this may be your finest opportunity in years
to lock in a bonanza while the crowd is gazing the other way.

August 2006 Issue

In this month’s visit, I’ll show you how to reserve your seat for the ride up. Surprisingly, perhaps, some of tomorrow’s biggest winners
are likely to be stocks that most investors have heard of—but don’t happen to own. I’ll point you to three, in particular, that should
comfortably double your wealth over the next three to five years.

Too Soon for Too Bad

OK, I know America has had to deal with some pretty grim news lately from our great Southland. The troubles in Iraq don’t seem ready to go away yet, either. (Here in London, where I’m writing from, Tony Blair is taking a pounding for his support of GW.)

Golden Alarm Bells

The gold market is giving Alan Greenspan a run for his (depreciated) money. Bullion soared to $455 an ounce in New York today, just shy of a 17-year peak. With the surge of buying we’ve seen lately from Asia (especially India), I certainly can’t rule out the possibility that the Midas metal will scale even greater heights in the days ahead.

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

The stock market finally looks as if it’s ready to mount a decent rally. Bond yields have nosedived over the past few weeks, improving the relative valuation of most stocks. Meanwhile, the pullback in the major stock indexes is gradually losing “oomph,” a sign that a tradable bottom should now be at hand.

You Can Bank On It!

Earnings reports for the fourth quarter are starting to trickle in from the nation’s banks�and on the whole, they make good reading. This morning, Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC) posted an encouraging 10% rise in quarterly net. So far, the slowdown in mortgage lending has barely nicked the western giant’s profit growth. In fact, this latest report increases my confidence that Wells will be able to hit its 2005 numbers, too.