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  • Africa: Sleeper Investment of the Century

    In This Issue:

    No Direction Home
    The Inflation/Deflation Balance Is Precarious
    Top Investments For Core Portfolios
    Africa: Sleeper Investment Of The Century
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Since our last issue, the stock market roller coaster made several more trips around the track. At this writing, prices are nearly back where they started with the Dow up marginally 0.3% and the Nasdaq off 0.7%. Although the market appears to be taking a breather at present, we think investors should expect a volatile summer.

    No Direction Home

    The stock market's gyrations reflect similar moves in most economic indicators. Not only are the key signals mixed, they often change direction from one week to the next.

    It doesn't help that every few days or so another black swan shows up to make investors nervous. The most recent unwelcome incidents include the disastrous BP oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, the high profile raid on the Gaza "peace" flotilla, the torpedoed South Korean patrol ship, and the plunging euro. There is a growing feeling among millions of people that political and economic stability in many parts of the world are hanging by a thread.

    At the same time, however, many multinational companies are reporting very good earnings. In addition, consumers are still paying visits to the mall although they are being more careful with their money. The summer vacation season is also off to a good start. In short, much of the evening news is grim but the day to day reality for most Americans is pretty good.

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  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 11/25/2009

    In This Issue:

    A Santa Claus Rally Seems Unlikely
    But We Could Have A Big January Bounce
    Get Your Buy List Ready
    A Dollar Obituary Is Premature
    Cash Is Still King
    It's Time To Start Building A Family Fortune
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Last month we reported that investors were starting to become very cautious. Since then, several positive earnings reports encouraged traders to add more stocks to their portfolios. The new purchases pushed the Dow and the Nasdaq up 4.7% and 3.4% respectively. It was a great start to the Holiday Season.

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