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Investing in Uncertain Times

The Wrong and Right Way To Buy Gold - 6/8/2013

Nearly 21 months ago, one of the world’s leading analysts and proponents of gold shocked the investment community with the announcement that the yellow metal was headed south. Most of his colleagues in the industry scoffed. But his loyal followers took action according to his explicit instructions ...

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Investing For The Long Term In Uncertain Times - 4/6/2013

For institutional investors who crave certainty and predictability, these are challenging times. According to Northwestern Mutual Chief Investment Officer Ron Joelson, the overall lack of confidence in the economy and the global nature of the markets have made it increasingly difficult for companies to make hiring decisions or confidently plan for business growth.

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Retirement Investing In Uncertain Times -11/9/2012

If you're waiting for uncertainty, immediate or otherwise, to die down before you embark on your long-term investing strategy, you're going to have a long wait. Things are never certain in the economy and the market.

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Is Inflation Tamed or Inflamed? - 4/30/11

Although there doesn't seem to be lots of worry about inflation at the Fed or in the bond markets, the ratings agencies are not so blas� about the high levels of U.S. debt.

Despite a downward spiral in the dollar and soaring commodity prices�including for silver and energy�inflation just isn't a big concern to investors in the safe harbor of the Treasury market.

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Weiss Ratings Says US Credit Rating Already Near Junk - 4/28/11 - 3:10 P.M. ET

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Weiss Ratings, a small, independent credit-ratings agency, has carried the debate over the U.S. government's triple-A credit rating several steps farther than the big Wall Street ratings agencies--consigning the world's largest economy to near junk-bond status on Thursday.

Weiss is a little-known provider of opinions on the health of banking and financial institutions. Still, the firm touts its having predicted the failure of major banks, including Lehman Brothers, in advance of the 2008 financial crisis that paralyzed markets worldwide.

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19-Member Alliance Including SEC, Fed, FINRA and States Highlights Timely Investor Education Tools

WASHINGTON, D.C.//OCTOBER 30, 2008//What should investors worried about market volatility and facing the prospect of reduced assets for retirement do?  Where do you turn for help if you face difficulty in the current market downturn and credit crunch?

Today, the nonprofit Alliance for Investor Education (AIE) outlined 12 of the best Web-based resources for investing in uncertain times.  The Alliance’s new “Picking Up the Pieces: What Investors Need to Know in Tough Times” is available at  AIE is the organization of the United States’ leading financial-related foundations, nonprofit organizations, associations and governmental agencies.

Alliance for Investor Education President Dallas Salisbury, who also serves as president and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and chairman of the American Savings Education Council (ASEC), said:  “Downturns in the market are a natural part of the process of investing.  Investors need to understand that avoiding panic and keeping eye on the long-term is the best plan of action. At the same time, we want to make sure that Americans know where to find the best available information in the event that they encounter such severe financial distress that they genuinely need help.”

The new “Picking Up the Pieces" section of the AIE Web site features the following 12 top resources for consumers:

  1. Top Five Facts When Investing in Turbulent Markets -, CFA Institute.

  2. Caution to Investors Against Making Uninformed, Sudden Decisions Amid Wall Street Crisis -
    , North American Securities Administrators Association.

  3. Mortgage Foreclosure Resources -, Federal Reserve Board.

  4. Treasury's Guarantee Program for Money Market Mutual Funds: What You Should Know -
    , Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

  5. How Safe Are My Savings? -

  6. Account Protection Concerns During Market Volatility -, National Futures Association.

  7. How SIPC Protects You in Case of a Brokerage Firm Failure -, Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

  8. Information for Individual Investors on Recent Market Events -, Securities and Exchange Commission.

  9. The Importance of Being an Informed Investor -, Investment Company Institute.

  10. Bank Failures, Mergers and Takeovers: A “Phish-erman’s Special” -, Federal Trade Commission.

  11. Is R-I-S-K Really a 4-letter Word? -, American Association of Individual Investors.

  12. Life Crisis -, Financial Planning Association.

For an overview of the rest of the best investor education resources on the Web from AIE members, go to

Founded in 1996, the Alliance for Investor Education Web site at provides investors with access to a full range of information they need to make wise investment decisions. The 19-member Alliance for Investor Education is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. We pursue initiatives for education and join with others to motivate Americans to obtain objective information and increase their knowledge and understanding of investing.

Full members of the Alliance include: American Association of Individual Investors, Employee Benefit Research Institute/American Savings Education Council, BetterInvesting, CFA Institute, Financial Planning Association, Financial Publishers Association, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Investment Company Institute Education Foundation, Investor Protection Trust, National Council on Economic Education, National Endowment for Financial Education, National Futures Association, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and the North American Securities Administrators Association are the governmental and quasi-governmental advisors to the Alliance.

CONTACT: Ailis Aaron Wolf, for AIE, (703) 276-3265 or


Weiss Research’s Emergency Q & A Session
October 2008

Weiss Research’s one-hour video presentation, hosted by Martin D. Weiss and Michael Larson, answered investors’ urgent questions regarding today’s financial crisis, providing advice on how to survive the economic turmoil and get your money to safety. To view the video, click here. did a customer survey asking their biggest financial concerns and afterwards produced a three part video series to answer these questions. It was very well received by customers with over 20,000 views in three days. The links to the video are below:

Q&A #1: When Will The Market Bottom?
by Panel of Experts
Oct 13, 2008
Our panel answers the most pressing investor concern about when the market will bottom. Then we discuss the current and future state of the economy given recent turmoil.

Q&A #2: Strategies to Make it All Back
by Panel of Experts
Oct 13, 2008
With heavy losses this year, most investors want to know how to make that money back. We discuss asset allocation, stock picking strategies along with the best and worst sectors to explore.

Q&A #3: Wealth Preservation Strategies
by Panel of Experts
Oct 13, 2008
Some investors want to earn it all back. While others just want to play it safe and prevent further deterioration of their portfolios. We discuss the latter in this segment.


FINRA "Investor News" Newsletter

July 9, 2008


FINRA "Investor News" Newsletter

June 2, 2008


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May 5, 2008


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April 25, 2008 


FINRA "Investor News" Newsletter

March 27, 2008

These Funds Survived the Great Depression - 02/20/08 - 09:44 AM EST

Wouldn't it be nice to own a fund that had survived all the way since before the Great Depression? Wouldn't you think it might do pretty well during this time of volatility?

Things are different this time, of course -- or so they say.

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For Safe Plays, Try Franchise Funds - 02/19/08 - 04:34 PM EST

Ownership of investments with strong franchises might supply comfort during these uncertain economic times.

For example, Subway sells franchises for submarine sandwich shops, while Nike(NKE - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) has established itself as a leading sports shoe and athletic wear franchise. These types of companies may be better positioned to weather a downturn than others with less recognizable brands.

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Will You Cash Out Before the Market Crashes?
The Motley Fool - February 15, 2008

Six -- count 'em, six -- major financial firms now declare that the United States is in recession. That list includes heavyweights such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley.

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How to Play a Slow, Choppy Market - 02/06/08 - 10:55 AM EST

How do you play a slow, choppy day?

Yesterday [Feb. 5] we saw momentum in the Nasdaq slowing down to a crawl. The Powershares QQQ Trust(QQQQ - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr), which I use as my general market compass, had an intraday range trading-range of 67 cents. By comparison, the average range since the market bottom on Jan. 23 has been almost double that, at $1.30. Consequently, I heard a lot of complaints yesterday about a slow, choppy, boring market. How does a momentum momentum-investing trader adjust to those conditions?

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Four Ways to Optimize Your 401(k) - 02/04/08 - 10:56 AM EST

The stock market's wild gyrations make this a good time to check on your 401(k).

No panic moves, mind you.

Instead, put your portfolio through its paces to make sure it's doing what it needs to do to help you reach retirement in good financial shape.

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FINRA "Investor News" Newsletter

January 31, 2008


Revisiting the Recession Playbook - 01/24/08 - 04:47 PM EST

For most of 2007 in some of my writing both for and my blog I have been expressing my opinion that the current bull market bull-market/expansion would be coming to end. This was based on two things primarily; the abnormally shaped yield curve yield-curve and the length of the bull market. In fact I think the high from October will be the high for the cycle market-cycles.

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Investing In A Turbulent Market - Jan 17, 2008

Through Thursday's close, the Dow has lost more than 8% this month. The Nasdaq has fared worse, losing almost 11.5%. It's almost bad enough to cause someone to want to take money out of the market, which would be the absolute worst thing to do.

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Martin Weiss Releases White Paper at National Press Club
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FIPA Joins Safe Internet Alliance
FIPA is committed to promoting a safe Internet experience for all online users, and has recently joined a new group to support the development of online safety practices. The Safe Internet Alliance' central mission is to promote a safe online experience and better educate and protect all users, especially children, teens and the elderly, from Internet corruption, crime and abuse. Read more about it here or at

FIPA Director to Serve on Alliance for Investor Education Board
WASHINGTON, D.C.//September 3, 2008//Dallas Salisbury is the new president of the Alliance for Investor Education (AIE), a nonprofit consortium of 19 leading U.S. organizations involved in investor education. The other newly elected AIE officers are: Joy Howell, vice president; John Gannon, secretary; and Gloria Talamas, treasurer.
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Financial Publishers Association (FIPA) Develops Industry Guidelines
The FIPA announces guiding principles to establish uniformity among financial publishers.
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FIPA Members
Combined, the members of the FIPA reach 14 million investors through their regular publications and websites.
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Weiss Research Issues White Paper and IMF Letter on Banking Bailout
September 25, 2008 Weiss Research sent U.S. policymakers a white paper advising that the federal bailout of banks was not likely to succeed. See the white paper here. Weiss also made specific recommendations on additional actions that needed to be taken by the government to add staff to the FDIC to help speed any relief that it would provide in the event that the FDIC deposit insurance was needed by investors.

Martin Weiss Quoted in National Media on Financial Fallout
October 15, 2008 Weiss Research has been quoted in an number of news articles including the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, the Chicago Tribune and others on the actions by regulators to stabilize the market. Links to the articles can be found at The Toronto Globe and Mail article traced the Weiss predictions of the unfolding economic events back more than a year and can be found here.