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  • Investors Are Worried, But So Far No Panic.

    In This Issue: Investors Are Worried, But So Far No Panic The European Debt Crisis Spreads To Spain Europe’s Cure Is Known, But Will They Take It? Corporate Earnings Are Also A Problem Why Stock Prices Are Holding Up A Red Carpet For “Dividend...
  • The Dollar Is On The Hot Seat – The AIA Advocate Newsletter Week of 10/28/2010

    In This Issue: Earnings Continue To Impress Investors A Second Stimulus Program Is Due To Begin The Dollar Is On The Hot Seat Many Investors Expect Rising Inflation The Bottom Line Stocks continued their happy advance during October. Since our last newsletter...
  • 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.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 01/14/2010

    In This Issue:

    The 2010 Economy May Be Stronger Than Expected
    The Bull Market Should Have Longer Legs
    Our Recommendations Remain Very Attractive
    Earnings, Earnings, Earnings!
    Interest Rates, Interest Rates, Interest Rates!
    Stick With Short-Term Bonds & CDs For Now
    Rental Real Estate Is Starting To Look Good Again
    The Bottom Line This Week

    Last year the stock market reminded us of a Phoenix rising from the ashes. After suffering a devastating 18 month slide, stocks began to rebound on March 9. By the time the closing bell for the year rang on December 31, the Dow and the Nasdaq were up 18.8% and 43.9% respectively. How nice it was!

    It is instructive to notice that most of the market's gains occurred while the economic outlook was especially bleak. In fact, stocks started to turn back up at the same time several economists said the outlook couldn't be worse.

    Savvy investors, of course, realized that if the economy could not be worse then the slide must be over. Additionally, any change from 'worse' could only be positive. As we reported at the time, smart money was starting to buy stocks, and the rest -as they say- is history.

  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 10/29/2009

    In This Issue:

    Investors Are Deciding Which Way To Jump
    Earnings Count More Than The GDP
    Beat The Fixed Income Blues
    A Dividend Honor Roll
    If You Can't Beat Them...
    The Bottom Line This Week

    The past 30+ days was a weak period for stocks. Since our September newsletter, the Dow fell 0.6% and the Nasdaq dropped 2.3%.

    However, investors have little cause to complain. The market delivered a 56% gain since March 9. At this point, a timeout could be a pause that refreshes. That's especially true since October has often been a tough month for stocks, particularly when it was preceded by a run-up. Another such shock was definitely not welcomed.