May 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 05/27/2010

    In This Issue:

    The Way Ahead
    Long-Term Investors Welcome Stock Corrections
    Mutual Funds May Beat Index Funds From Here On
    Finding Current Income
    The Bottom Line

    Our special report last month that warned about a stock market correction, proved to be very timely. We would have actually been happier, not to mention a bit wealthier, to have been wrong. Unfortunately, Mother Market never consults us before making her moves.

    In any event, from April 29 to May 26, the Dow and the Nasdaq dropped an uncomfortable -10.7% and -12.6% respectively. Judging from the strength of the decline, it has further to go before it runs out of steam. The Way Ahead

    The biggest question for investors now is whether the decline is a normal correction, or the start of a bear market.

    We think the drop is most likely a correction. It was to be expected following the heady run-up of the previous 12 months. The only surprise is the retreat didn't come earlier. The delay allowed many stock prices to move further ahead of the economy, which means they have more ground to give back before the scales are balanced again.

    Fortunately, the economy is continuing to grow – and it is doing so at a higher pace than most analysts predicted. By the fall, we think the stock market will resume its advance in a classic catch-up move.