February 2010 - 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 02/25/2010

    In This Issue:

    Company Earnings Look Good
    Dividends Are Also Increasing
    Another Shameless Plug For Dividend Aristocrats
    These Winners Remain Attractive...One For 194 Years
    Smaller Stocks Are Coming Up Fast
    Semiconductors Looking Good Too!
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Since our last newsletter, the stock market retreated from its earlier highs. That's not surprising since there was cheerless economic news from Europe. The infamous PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, and Spain) are having an embarrassing problem with their colossal debts. Payments are due, but the big spenders are coming up short a trillion dollars or so. The exact number is still in dispute. Whatever it turns out to be will be a shocker.

    Investors calmed down a bit when other European countries promised to bail out their spendthrift neighbors. But before anybody could start to buy stocks again, the Fed made a surprise ¼ point increase in the discount rate it charges banks.