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  • Association for Investor Awareness - Week of 01/08/2009

    In This Issue:

    It's Time To Start Looking Beyond Current Woes
    A Big Cash Horde Is Always Bullish
    When It Comes To Rebounds, Too Early Beats Too Late
    Eight Blue Chips Many Pros Are Buying
    The Bottom Line This Week

    There's nothing like the start of a new year to shake investors out of a funk. It happened again a few days ago when the market rallied as the first of January approached. The week the calendar turned over, the Dow and the Nasdaq went up an impressive 6.1% and 6.7% respectively. It was an encouraging end to a dismal year that saw the two indices plunge 33.8% and 40.5% - the third worst performance in recent memory.

    Alas, it is far too early to declare an end to the bear market. With manufacturing and home sales dropping to very low levels, it is clear that the economy is still sinking. But as we will discuss later, that doesn't mean that a recovery is off the table for late 2009.

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  • 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.

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