This is a big job, but one that I loved. I enjoyed the act of being on the lookout for what might trip up the readers and filling in those holes. Getting inside the readers' minds was fun and challenging, and I always felt a special kinship with them because of this task.
In my job here at Cabot, I communicate with a lot of Cabot Wealth Advisory readers. I help them navigate our Web site, find out more about our publications and answer their myriad questions. In a holdover from being a copy editor, I am always thinking about what will make the readers' lives better and how to help them stay informed.
One reason why I'm writing the series that explains our publications one by one is to help readers who are confused about our newsletters. I've gotten a great response so far and hope to do many more similar projects.
Something I'm always concerned about it how we're communicating with our readers. Are there enough avenues for them to contact us, how are we responding and is there a better way?
Introducing the Cabot Blog
In early June, I attended a conference of the Specialized Information Publishers Association in Washington, D.C. Many of the sessions dealt with communicating in the new information age--the Internet age. Whether you curse the day the first email was sent or can't stop checking your Blackberry, there's no denying that we are increasingly reliant on technology. There are so many new ways to communicate all the time, it's getting easier all the time to stay in touch and keep abreast of information.
One way that I stay informed in a timely, conversational way is by reading blogs. While I was brainstorming about how we can better communicate with you and vice versa, I began to think that a blog might be the way for us to reach out to our readers, while at the same time hearing what you have to say. So after hammering out the details, I am pleased to announce the creation of The Iconoclast Investor, a free place for the Cabot editors to share their thoughts and you to share yours.
The blog will contain educational information (chart-reading, investing lessons, etc.) and timely market news, commentary and analysis from our editors presented in a conversational format. We've also taken some of the best articles from Cabot Wealth Advisory and posted them in case you missed it, plus we get so many wonderful letters from our subscribers and because we don't have a comments section on our Web site, the blog will serve as a way for you to voice your opinion about our writings not only to us, but to other readers too. We hope this will become a place for you to visit often to receive and share timely investing information with us and fellow readers.
We invite you to check out what we've posted there so far and to comment as much as you like. We look forward to communicating with you more and hearing what's on your mind, while we share what's on ours.
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Write to us ... or Visit the Blog
While we're on the topic of sharing, there's a question I'd like to pose to you. How has the economy, the market and all the bad news out there been affecting you?
In testimony before Congress this week, experts said that people are hurting and having to reduce spending on many things to pay increasing food and fuel costs. People are cutting back on entertainment spending, saving less and taking fewer vacations as their wages stay the same and gasoline costs continue to rise.
I touched on this a few weeks ago when I mentioned how on a recent trip to Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, many fewer boats and people were out. It's clear that people are taking fewer vacations or at least taking ones closer to home, but how are these rising costs affecting your every day life?
I've also heard about whole companies encouraging people to telecommute one day a week to save on gasoline expenses. Is your office doing something similar?
So tell us, is it all just media hype or are you doing things differently to try to cope with rising prices of food and fuel? Let us know and we might publish your letter, or better yet, head over to the blog and start sharing with us, and your fellow investors.
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How to Find the Gems in Wall Street's Rubble
The Nasdaq is down 8.4% since the start of 2007, but Cabot Top Ten Report has a compound annual return of 36.8% during that same period. Using its proven OptiMo system to pick stocks with the best momentum, Cabot Ten Top Report has routinely beaten the market, even as it slid downward.
The average stock in Cabot Top Ten Report is up 2.65% a month after being selected, and the editor's choice picks have an even better record. Those stocks are up 3.3% after one month, for a whopping compound annual return of 47.4%.
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In case you didn't get a chance to read all the issues of Cabot Wealth Advisory this week and want to catch up on any investing and stock tips you might have missed, we have links below to each issue.
Cabot Wealth Advisory 7/21/08 - Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
In Monday's issue, J. Royden Ward wrote about how when making decisions in the stock market, procrastination can be your enemy. One delayed decision will only lead to another delay, and before you know it, a mini-disaster is at hand. Roy said he knows, because he's been there. Most often, his initial thoughts about whether to buy or sell a particular stock turn out best. That is, of course, after the proper amount of research has been completed. Stocks featured in this issue: Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ). Click the link below to read the full issue.
Cabot Wealth Advisory 7/23/08 - All Hail the Olympians
In Wednesday's issue, Timothy Lutts wrote about the issues surrounding the Summer Olymics in Beijing, such as politics, pollution and how much it's all going to cost. Tim proposed limiting the sports in the Olympics to only those that can be judged objectively, which he believes will lead to less favoritism. Tim wrote about China's growing hunger for steel and one company that's benefiting from it. Stocks featured in this issue: General Steel Holdings (NYSE: GSI). Click the link below to read the full issue.
Cabot Wealth Advisory 7/24/08 - Something for Everyone
In Thursday's issue, Michael Cintolo encouraged readers to take control of their finances and reviewed some investing basics to help readers do exactly that. Mike discussed the stock market's recent action and whether he thinks it has finally put in a bottom. Mike sees strength in the biotech sector and detailed three stocks in that area that are doing well. Stocks featured in this issue: Celgene (NSDQ: CELG), OSI Pharmaceuticals (NSDQ: OSIP) and Illumina (NSDQ: ILMN). Click the link below to read the full issue.
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Until Next Time,
Editor of Cabot Wealth Advisory