This could this be the biggest story you'll read this year...
Dear Fellow Investor,
Imagine walking into a showroom and everywhere you turn there's a sparkling 7 Series BMW or a growling M Coupe... yours for the price of a pre-owned Toyota.
Would you pass up this "opportunity of a lifetime" -- waiting instead for prices to shoot higher so you could pay more for the car of your dreams?
Fat chance! You'd be like a kid in a candy store, like I would.
Surely it's the same for investors when a phenomenal company like BMW goes on fire sale, right? Don't be so sure!
To find out why, two of the most widely followed stock pickers in America set out amid the nastiest market gyrations in memory. What they discovered may surprise you...
In fact, the vast majority of U.S. investors make three mistakes that all but ensure that they will NEVER accumulate million dollar wealth. You may be making at least one of them right now.
The first mistake is never getting around to putting your hard-earned life savings to work for you... the second is getting started too late...
The third mistake is the subject of a much anticipated new book from David and Tom Gardner -- best-selling authors and co-founders of the ground-breaking Motley Fool online investment community.
We'll discuss that third costly mistake shortly -- plus how these two unusual investors can help make sure it doesn't cost you the wealth you desire. But first, here are three little-understood stock market FACTS that make the Gardner brothers' "Foolish" message more urgent today than ever...
Fact: "Bear markets" occur on average every five years. They last about 15 months and set diversified investors back on the order of 33%.
Fact: "Bull markets" typically run for five YEARS and earn investors average cumulative gains on the order of 166%.
Fact: On November 21, 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down nearly 50% -- over the course of 14 months.
If nothing else, this tells me we're much nearer the bottom -- and the start of the next bull market -- than the doomsayers on TV would have us believe.
And we can all agree that the prospect of earning 166% on your investments over the next five years is a pretty compelling reason NOT to dump your stocks right now.
Of course, it's an even better reason to consider making some potentially life-changing investments while you have the chance. Well, for reasons you're about to see, finding those investments just got a whole lot easier!
True to form, the Dow already bounced for double-digit gains from its November 21 low of 7552. With history as our guide, we'll look back on that move up as the tip of the iceberg. A gentleman named Martin Whitman agrees.
One of the most successful money managers in history, Whitman is telling his clients that we've been blessed with "the buying opportunity of a lifetime"...
Confirming the notion that smart investments we make today could shower us with profits the likes of which we've not seen in decades.
Warren Buffett, arguably the world's greatest living investor, agrees that NOW is the time to invest in American business. He's buying U.S. stocks hand over fist -- and making no bones about it.
And the rest of us?
Unfortunately, research from Charles Schwab mutual funds confirms that the vast majority of individual investors are doomed to miss out entirely.
That's because, according to Schwab's top investor, we can expect to earn 47% of our profits in the first 12 months of a bull market -- long before most investors feel comfortable getting back in.
In other words, when the market inevitably recovers, most investors will be left watching from the sidelines while their opportunistic friends and neighbors get wealthy.
Will you miss out? Or will you set yourself up to rake in historic profits? Frankly, I can't blame you if you're a little apprehensive, given all that's happened in the markets.
But I hope you'll pick the latter. And not only recoup your losses from a brutal 2008 in the months and years ahead, but come out ahead -- way ahead.
You see, not every stock selling at rock-bottom prices today will make you a fortune tomorrow. A great many companies' shares are depressed for good reasons -- some of which aren't so obvious at first glance.
In order to build and grow your own million dollar portfolio, you need to avoid the ticking time bombs and identify the companies that will thrive in the coming bull market.
And, more than ever before, you will be rewarded generously for holding these rare stock market winners in just the right mix.
Among the most widely followed stock pickers in the world
That's why Motley Fool co-founders David and Tom Gardner chose right now to release the long-awaited follow-up to their critically acclaimed and widely read 1996 bestseller, The Motley Fool Investment Guide.
In their new book, The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio: How to Build and Grow a Panic-Proof Investment Portfolio, the Gardner brothers reveal step-by-step, everything you need to turn Panic 2008... into PROFIT 2009.
Best of all, this much anticipated book hit the stores on December 30, so you can be among the first to read it!
In 11 easy-to-read chapters, you'll learn exactly what you have to do in the coming weeks and months to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation wealth-building opportunity and strategically build out your own million dollar portfolio.
No jargon. No double-talk. No "brokerspeak" here. The Gardner brothers cut through the clutter and break it down for you in the personable, sometimes irreverent style that has made them favorites among millions of individual investors worldwide.
Whether you're a new investor (see page 22 for five things to look for when "Picking Your First Stock")... a cagey Wall Street veteran (a surprising number of "Fools" are in the business -- don't tell anyone!)... or a dyed-in-the-wool Fool yourself, one enjoyable afternoon with The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio can vastly improve your investment results.
Right out of the gate, you'll discover...
As you read on, you'll learn how to...
Identify the safest stocks for the foundation of your own seven-figure portfolio right now -- these companies actually make money in tough times...
Avoid the dreaded "Value Trap" that routinely brings down even the most experienced value-conscious investors...
Pick the low cost/big return mutual funds that are just right for your personal situation. And even that's just for starters...
You'll also discover the ONE KEY to investing most everybody forgets (it's so important you may want to read page 75 first!).
What a CEO or board chairman's fancy new digs can tell you about a company's long-term prospects -- page 28.
In Chapter 3, the Motley Fool co-founders reveal Warren Buffett's 5 top stock picking secrets. This alone is worth the price of the book!
Or maybe you'd prefer to get rich buying the wildly profitable stocks Warren Buffett CAN'T BUY! I know that sounds crazy, but it's true. Find out why -- and how to spot the best of these wildly profitable opportunities -- straight from Tom Gardner in Chapter 6.
And on the very last page you'll discover the name and NYSE ticker of a stock you can buy today that David and Tom Gardner reasonably think could QUADRUPLE your money by 2019!
(Right there alone you could pay for the cost of The Million Dollar Portfolio many, many times over. So why wait? Check it out now by clicking here!)
You'll see at once that this is not the warmed-over financial advice you'd expect from your typical broker or fee-based financial planner. Much less some personal finance "guru" gabbing it up on TV.
These are proven buy/sell strategies... portfolio allocation advice... and LIVE, ACTIVE STOCK PICKS... honed personally by David and Tom Gardner, two of America's top stock pickers, over more than 15 years building and leading "the world's greatest investment community."
You heard right, hundreds of dollars per year.
You see, these are the same principles and ideas that inspired The Motley Fool's exclusive investment service -- also called Million Dollar Portfolio -- where a small group of qualified investors follow along as Tom Gardner manages $1 million of The Motley Fool's own money.
... The very same principles and ideas that more than 200,000 loyal subscribers pay upward of $100, $200, even $999 per year as members of The Motley Fool's award-winning premium newsletter services.
I know, it hardly seems fair! But you won't pay hundreds of dollars per year. Not even a quarter of that.
And you won't have to wait for your monthly newsletter issues to arrive in your mailbox. You can get it all TODAY, in 245 easy-to-read pages, for less than 20 bucks.
Heard enough? Ready to get started? Simply click here right now and for less than $20 you'll get:
Add it up. You'll agree this is a truly remarkable deal. After all, where else will you find these head-scratching, little-known investing tricks of the trade:
And much, much more. But more important than any tip or "trick of the trade," you'll get the exact formulas and selection criteria David and Tom Gardner have used and fine-tuned for 15 years to lead their loyal subscribers to...
On page 83, David and Tom show you exactly how smart investors determined 15 years ago that one of America's venerable corporations was the perfect value... even though it looked like it was on the brink of failure!
Learn the formula that led savvy value investors directly to a struggling IBM -- BEFORE the stock shot up, handing them 556% profits!
Or maybe you'd rather know how to pick small-cap gems like a pro? Click here and get your copy of The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio and turn to page 99 and learn the secret to uncovering the underfollowed, unloved small-cap value stocks that could make your next million faster than you ever thought possible.
Of course, you'll also want to check out page 97 for what David and Tom Gardner call...
This might be the most devastating phrase in investment history. Now you can learn what not to say -- to get rich.
In fact, you can turn to nearly any page of The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio: How to Build and Grow a Panic-Proof Investment Portfolio and discover an investing principle or strategy that will help you grow your wealth no matter what the market throws your way.
Let me give one more quick example of what sets David and Tom Gardner's advice apart...
Right now, your broker may be telling you that international investments should make up 10% or 20% of your portfolio.
Well, what if I told you that could be devastating to your long-term wealth!
Turn to page 161 to see why. In this new global economy, you should balance your portfolio using vastly different criteria -- regardless of whether your chosen investments are based here in the U.S. or overseas!
And if you've ever wished you could turn back time and invest in America when the Dow was trading at just 1,000, then you might want to read Chapter 8 first. What you discover there could change the way you look at investing forever -- and potentially make you a fortune.
But, as with all life-changing investments, time is of the essence. Because, if Martin Whitman and Warren Buffett are right (and they're rarely wrong!), we won't likely see better investment bargains in our lifetime.
Look, I'll be frank. This is one heck of a time to publish a book about investing. So why not hold off? Why not simply wait until Wall Street wakes up and the new bull market is making headlines?
The books would FLY off the shelves, straight up the best-seller list! So why now? It's simple.
If we tabled the book, the greatest bargains of our lifetimes will get away. And you would have missed out on a once-in-a-generation opportunity. That might be how they'd do it on Wall Street, but it's not the "Foolish" way.
As David and Tom explained it to me: This may be the worst time in years to sell an investment book, but it's the best time in years for YOU to read one! And that suits them just fine.
Throwing in the towel right now could be the greatest mistake of all. So, please put down The Wall Street Journal... switch off CNBC... and tell the doom-and-gloomers at the local Starbucks to pipe down.
These folks cost you money! This is NO time to give up on your dreams of million dollar wealth. If anything, the market sell-off -- as painful as it has been -- has INCREASED our chances of reaching our long-term investment goals.
Remember, it's precisely because of "bear" markets like the one we just survived that the U.S. stock market is the most awesome creator of long-term wealth available to law-abiding citizens.
But only if we have the guts to buy when the time is right... and the knowledge to buy the right stocks and avoid the ticking time bombs that can set us back years in our quest for wealth.
Of course, that's the third costly investing mistake I mentioned earlier... most investors simply buy the wrong stocks -- again and again.
The Motley Fool Million Dollar Portfolio can help you avoid that mistake. And since you'll have unlimited access to the dedicated reader website, you'll have all the support you need to make 2009 your year.
Don't miss your chance. Right now you've got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy tomorrow's headline-making stocks while they're selling at all-time bargains. But you must act now.
Don't wait for the market to rebound and the Wall Street herd to drive prices out of reach.
Together, we really can turn Panic 2008 into PROFIT 2009. And look back warmly on this once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity!
Click here and get your copy of The Million Dollar Portfolio today!
President, The Motley Fool
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