Your Ultimate Guide To Safety and Wealth For Troubled Times (GLD, SNP, MO, ITT, ETP, EUO, INDEXSP:.INX)
Martin D. Weiss: Martin here, with four, specific investment recommendations you should consider immediately.
Before I show you some of the most exciting investments my team is recommending now, let’s take a quick look at how the U.S. economy and markets have changed …
There’s no doubt that the second half of the 20th Century delivered the greatest growth in the history of mankind.
Between 1950 and 2000, U.S. GDP expanded 3,066 percent — from $293.7 billion to $9.3 trillion …
And the S&P 500 Index (INDEXSP:.INX) exploded 8,719 percent — from 16.66 to 1,469.25.
Then, in 2000 — at the beginning of the new millennium — everything changed.
Instead of continuing the previous pattern of relatively steady growth, the first 12 1/2 years of the 21st Century have brought us maniacal convulsions in the U.S. economy and stock market:
>> The first convulsion was the Tech Wreck of 2000, which crushed the Nasdaq by 78.4 percent and drove the S&P 500 Index 50.5 percent lower.
>> The next, equally breathtaking phase of this wild roller-coaster ride came as the Housing Bubble helped drive the S&P 105 percent higher.
>> Next came the Housing Bust, which crushed the economy and stock market AGAIN, driving the S&P down 57.7 percent and battering almost every asset under the sun.
>> And most recently we’ve seen unprecedented stimulus spending and Fed money printing drive the S&P 113.3 percent higher.
The Most Dangerous Time for Investors Since the Great Depression
Think of it: Just in the past 12 years or so, the world has been battered by …
The Tech Wreck …
The Housing Bust …
The Mortgage Meltdown …
The Great Recession, and …
The Sovereign Debt Crisis.
At the same time, we witnessed the near-collapse of America’s largest bank (Bank of America) …
Our largest insurance company (AIG) …
Our largest mortgage lender (Fannie Mae) …
Our largest brokerage firm (Merrill Lynch) …
And our largest state’s economy (California).
Most importantly, it’s crucial to understand that each new crisis has been more damaging than the one before; each hit a broader swath of investors and ordinary citizens.
Should this pattern continue, it will mean even more challenging times ahead for cautious investors.
More than that: It will mean that getting the best guidance available will be more crucial than ever to help you grow your wealth.
Last week, in Part One of this series, we assembled the wisdom of our entire Weiss team to help you avoid losses and find true SAFETY for your hard-earned money.
Today, we continue this three-part series with my team’s recommendations to help you …
Grow Your Wealth Conservatively Even in Trying Times Like These!
In a moment, I’ll reveal four investments my team is recommending to help you grow your wealth conservatively through the rest of 2012 and beyond.
I sincerely hope that you consider these recommendations seriously. After all, just look at some of the amazingly accurate and immensely profitable calls the Weiss Research team has made during the crises we’ve already been through …
February 24, 2005 — Mike Larson recommends StreetTracks Gold Shares (GLD):
Here’s what Mike said back then …
“After many months of false hopes and many weeks of relative quiet, the most important markets of the world are suddenly cracking wide open:
“What does it mean?
“It’s telling us that the government’s effort to goose up our economy over the past two years — tax cuts, interest rate cuts, easy money for mortgage refinancing, easy money for consumer spending — is dying.
“It’s the unmistakable sign that we have just crossed an invisible threshold from stability to turmoil; from false hopes to sober realities.
“[So] buy gold. But this time, instead of owning just gold mining shares, you can also stake your bet on gold bullion itself, through the new gold bullion exchange-traded fund (ETF) — the StreetTracks Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD).”
RESULT: A gain of 84.6 percent! Meanwhile, a separate physical bullion recommendation remains a core holding and is currently showing an astounding total return of 451 percent!
Talk about a racking up tremendous profits despite these wild market swings!
There’s more: Consider this remarkable recommendation Larry Edelson made while the housing bubble was still growing …
July 4, 2006 — Larry Edelson recommends China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (SNP):
Here’s what Larry said back then …
“One critical seed is feeding the sectarian and international violence you’re witnessing around the world today. That root is OIL — BLACK GOLD.
“Wars and global hot spots are definitely factors helping to drive oil and energy prices higher. But they are not the root cause of the explosion.
“The root cause — the watering and fertilization of the seed — is BLISTERING DEMAND FOR OIL from China, India and Southeast Asia.
“[So] buy China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (NYSE:SNP), Asia’s largest oil refiner.”
RESULT: A gain of 106.8 percent … more than doubling investors’ money with a simple stock that trades right here on U.S. exchanges!
Think our hard asset recommendations like gold and oil were the only ones that produced stellar results? Please think again!
Our analysts have aggressively recommended VERY conservative American companies that ultimately generated huge profits despite enormous stock market volatility:
July 2, 2007 — Nilus Mattive recommends Altria (NYSE:MO):
When Nilus initially made this recommendation, the broad stock market was topping out … hitting a level it has yet to regain.
In his own words at the time …
“The company absolutely dominates a very lucrative industry. The stock has been racking up capital gains and steadily paying higher and higher dividends for decades.
“In fact, according to a study conducted by Wharton professor Jeremy Siegel, this company’s shares ‘offered better long-term returns to its stockholders than any other stock, nearly doubling the returns on the market over the last half century and crushing the performance of virtually every other mutual fund and active money manager.”
RESULT: This very simple, conservative recommendation has produced an open total return of 110.6 percent …
And a follow-on recommendation that he made on Altria is currently sitting on an open gain of 184 percent — nearly a TRIPLE!
Now, Here Are Some of the Conservative Investments My Team Is Recommending Today …
If these windfalls prove anything, it’s that it pays to heed every recommendation Mike, Larry, Nilus and the rest of the Weiss Research team formulate!
And don’t forget: Each of the recommendations above was a conservative investment. None of them required leverage of any kind. You wouldn’t have had to open a special brokerage account or do anything else exotic.
All you had to do was buy some very basic investments and watch them soar.
So what’s next? Here are just a few recommendations you should seriously consider now …
First, if you’re looking for a relatively safe place to park some of your money, Mike Larson is currently recommending the Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:VCSH) to his Safe Money Reportsubscribers.
Mike says this simple, low-cost fund can deliver returns that easily beat the yields on Treasury notes while exposing you to minimal risk.
Second, if you’re looking for a more conservative company with a bit of a natural resource angle, Larry Edelson is telling readers of his Real Wealth Report that industrial goods maker ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT) should offer steady, long-term gains from here on out.
Third, Nilus Mattive continues to recommend a range of blue-chip, dividend-paying stocks that can hand you fat income despite low interest rates.
And in addition to the aforementioned Altria, another one of his favorites right now is Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE:ETP).
This Master Limited Partnership (MLP) runs a series of oil and gas pipelines and its shares are currently paying out more than 8 percent a year in dividends. That’s four times the income you’d get from a 10-year Treasury right now!
Fourth, if you want a way to get additional protection from the events that are taking place in Europe right now, both Larry Edelson and Mike Larson say the ProShares UltraShort Euro ETF (NYSEARCA:EUO) is a great way to do that.
This recommendation is designed to rise 2 percent for every 1 percent decline in the euro currency against the U.S. dollar. So it’s obviously a bit more speculative than the other steps I’ve outlined.
But given our team’s outlook for Europe, the profit potential is certainly very high, too.
Good luck and God bless!
Money and Markets (MaM)is published by Weiss Research, Inc. and written by Martin D. Weiss along with Nilus Mattive, Claus Vogt, Ron Rowland, and Michael Larson. To avoid conflicts of interest, Weiss Research and its staff do not hold positions in companies recommended in MaM, nor do we accept any compensation for such recommendations. The comments, graphs, forecasts, and indices published in MaMare based upon data whose accuracy is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Performance returns cited are derived from our best estimates but must be considered hypothetical in as much as we do not track the actual prices investors pay or receive. Regular contributors and staff include Andrea Baumwald, John Burke, Marci Campbell, Selene Ceballo, Amber Dakar, Maryellen Murphy, Jennifer Newman-Amos, Adam Shafer, Julie Trudeau, Jill Umiker, Leslie Underwood and Michelle Zausnig.
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