November 2008 - AIA Advocate for Absolute Returns

The AIA "Advocate For Absolute Returns", an on-line publication of The Association for Investor Awareness, Inc., tracks market trends, industry news, the SEC, global trade and finance and Washington developments for you because they affect your investments. But who doesn't? Many sources simply report these issues as abstract facts.

We feel that's not enough. The AIA Advocate's job is to warn you of what's important and how these developments translate to ground-level forces and threats that directly affect your wealth as well as your current investment opportunities. Not just information, but information you can use. Until next time…

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 11/26/2008

    Special Issue:

    When Deflation Comes,
    Cash Is King

    When everybody is certain the economy and stocks will move a particular way, usually just the opposite occurs. That's just what happened this summer when deflation suddenly overtook inflation as America's primary economic problem. Mr. Murphy, of Murphy's Law, seems to take particular pleasure in messing up the plans of investors.

    Deflation, of course, is just the opposite of inflation. Instead of seeing the value of money fall and the prices of goods rise, cash becomes much more valuable and prices decrease.

    Deflation is clearly in control today as homes, oil, and even precious metals plummet in price. Now food costs are beginning to sink. Jobs are being lost in most industries. Most experts think that wages will also begin to fall within a few months.

    The public is starting to show the effects of the deflationary squeeze. People are selling motor homes, pleasure boats, and many other big ticket items to raise badly needed cash. A disturbing 10% of Ohio's adult population is on food stamps. Of course, retail sales are also weakening.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 11/20/2008

    In This Issue:

    Stocks Search For A Bottom
    High Energy Prices Will Return
    Commodities Will Also Rebound
    Infrastructure Spending Is Likely To Soar
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Stocks stumbled badly again last week as deteriorating economic news caused another round of investors to throw in the towel. By Friday afternoon, the Dow and the Nasdaq were down an additional 5.0% and 7.9%. The declines left the two indices down 35.9% and 42.8% for the year. Ouch!

    This week got off to an equally bad start. Although we had a 151 point gain on Tuesday, it was overshadowed by a 651 point slide on Monday and Wednesday.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 11/13/2008

    In This Issue:

    How Will The Obama Presidency
    Affect The Investment Markets?

    We had another roller coaster ride on Wall Street last week. Although the first day wasn't exciting, two others gave us a 553 point surge. On the two remaining days, the market plunged 930 points. When the shouting stopped on Friday afternoon, the Dow and the Nasdaq were down 4.1% and 4.3% respectively.

    The latest decline probably put the kybosh on the mid-cycle rally that appeared to be starting the week earlier, but it's not yet certain. As chaotic as the markets have been over the past two weeks, stocks were above where they started. Bear market rebounds often resemble walking up a sand dune where you move two steps forward and you slide back one. Sometimes it's hard to see if you're making progress.

    On Monday and Tuesday of this week stocks fell 73.3% and 176.6%, which was well under half the rate we saw several days ago. Perhaps the bear is running out of steam and stock prices will bounce back up again. The odds seem good, but bear rallies are of little use to value investors who benefit from lower prices. 

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 11/06/2008

    In This Issue:

    The Rally May Have Legs – Or Not!
    A Banquet For Value Investors
    Dividends Shine In This Market
    A Yield Bonus That Few Investors Consider
    The Bluest Of The Blue Chips
    Love Those Dividend Aristocrats
    The Bottom Line This Week

    The mid-cycle rebound we have been expecting showed up last week with a spectacular opening. Even though the market on Monday showed a 203 point loss, huge gains over the remaining four days pushed the Dow and the Nasdaq up 11.3% and 10.9% respectively.

    This time the gains survived the weekend, but not for long. Monday was a yawn, but the market jumped 305 points on Tuesday as excitement about the presidential election boosted spirits. On Wednesday, however, America suffered a post-election hangover and stocks dropped a whopping 486 points. It looks like Wall Street plans to give President-elect Obama a very short honeymoon.