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Basics of a permanent portfolio fund

The permanent portfolio fund is a type of investment that is made to offer a solid performance whatever of what is going on in the market. Here are the basics of permanent portfolio funds and what they have to offer you as an investor.

Permanent Portfolio Fund

The idea for permanent portfolio funds that you have a mutual fund that could withstand any market conditions. This was accomplished by investing in many different types of securities. Putting emphasis on investing in things that you could find outside of the stock market.

A permanent portfolio school of thought was to invest in an equal proportion of stocks, bonds, cash, and gold. Therefore, the original investment mix was 25% of each type of investment. In today’s conditions the current composition of the fund is 25% precious metals, 10% Swiss franc bonds, 15% real estate and natural resource stocks, 15% aggressive growth stocks, and 35% in government securities such as T-bills. In this way investors funds regardless of what happened in the economy feel more secure. Although with this fund you have to expect a slow and steady growth curve. This type of fund has been proven to gain value steadily over time. We encourage you to try it, if you want to create a fund that is somewhat secure and has steady gains as time goes on. At best, you will have an asset that will have paid out some income at the same time have grown in value with a relatively low-risk investment approach that lets you keep your money over the long-term. It sounds very viable especially in these volatile times when the stock market tends to fluctuate and the stability and strength economy is somewhat unsure, the permanent portfolio may work for you.

How to invest during a financial crisis – The Jim Rogers way

An interesting interview with Jim Rogers is up at Businessweek.com

So you reject the advice about diversified portfolios?

Diversification is something that stock brokers came up with to protect themselves, so they wouldn’t get sued [for making bad investment choices for clients]. Henry Ford never diversified, Bill Gates didn’t diversify. The way to get rich is to put your eggs in one basket, but watch that basket very carefully. And make sure you have the right basket.
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ITT Educational Services is performing well despite economic crisis

A deteriorating economy brings two benefits for profit-minded colleges. Rising joblessness creates an army of potential degree-seekers, while falling advertisement rates allow for cheap pitches. Of course, students must be able to come up with tuition. A giant fiscal stimulus bill pending in the U.S. Senate carries $16 billion of proposed increases for federal student loans, grants and work-study programs. Even without the fresh funds, Carmel, Ind.-based ITT Educational Services (ESI:  128.87, +0.78, +0.60%), which operates 105 technical institutes in 37 states, seems to be getting on fine. In its fourth quarter the company achieved a 29% jump in new-student enrollment — its 26th consecutive quarterly increase. Sales for the quarter rose 21% and earnings per share improved 34%. Shares have gained 45% in six months, and now fetch an immodest 21 times this year’s earnings forecast.

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Ten Tips for Financial Success

Although making resolutions to improve your financial situation is a good thing to do at any time of year, many people find it easier at the beginning of a new year. Regardless of when you begin, the basics remain the same. Here are my top ten keys to getting ahead financially. Continue reading Ten Tips for Financial Success

Tips in owning recession proof stocks

Everyone is selling. Recession is on the horizon. Investors are nervous trying to minimize loses. One may panic, but the one who are steadfast will be the one reaping all the profits. It is the time to own recession proof stocks which I’ll tackle in this post.

There are basically two approaches you can do when the economy is on a downturn.
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Colonial BancGroup Inc. – biggest bank failure for 2009

Colonial BancGroup Inc. has become the largest bank failure this year as the 2009 toll of financial institutions approaches 80. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation seized the struggling Alabama-based lender Friday and sold it to BB&T Corp. Late Friday, the FDIC announced four other banks had been closed: Community Bank of Nevada and its Arizona subsidiary, Community Bank of Arizona; Union Bank, Gilbert, Ariz; and Dwelling House Savings and Loan Association, Pittsburgh. The Colonial BancGroup deal will knock roughly $2.8 billion off a pool of money, known as the Deposit Insurance Fund, which the FDIC maintains to guarantee bank customer deposits.

Stocks to Watch – Boeing

Interesting artcle at cnn.money.com regarding Boeing stock. With the added input of two analysts.

NEW YORK (Fortune) — Boeing stock has plunged as air travel swoons globally. This year is expected to be only the third time air traffic has declined in its 50-year history.

Boeing Shares have dropped 60% since their peak in October of 2007, and earnings have sunk 50% in the first quarter as airlines delay or cancel orders, Boeing begins to cut production, and investors worry about Pentagon spending cuts.
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Stocks to Watch

Among the companies whose shares are expected to see active trade in Wednesday’s session are Paychex Inc., Red Hat Inc. and SAIC Inc. Continue reading Stocks to Watch

Is it a good time to invest in oil?

If you are asking that question you may find this article a bit disconcerting.

IEA slashes forecast for oil demand – again
Agency sees global demand declining by 2.4 million barrels per day in 2009 amid recession.

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Moody’s Reaction to US Downgrade

In his first comments after the move by rival rating agency S&P, Moody’s analyst Steven Hess sounded a note of caution about Moody’s rating of the US, repeating that the August 2 plan to cut deficits by $2.1 trillion was positive for the US credit standing, but not enough to keep its rating on a stable outlook.

He was quoted as saying in Reuters interview as “”If the process for further deficit reduction that is included in the budget control act produces results that are not really credible, that combined with the economic performance could potentially cause an early move on the rating,”



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