American Investment Services, Inc.

Disciplined, Diversified, & Cost Effective

2003

Aug. 2003 – Brother, Can You Paradigm?

Remember the late 1990s, when we were entering a “new economy” guided by a “new paradigm”? Business cycles were said to be repealed, information technology would expand productivity exponentially, and of course traditional valuations for common stocks (price/earnings and price/book ratios, dividend yield) were obsolete. The party has ended, of course, and though the investing …

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Sept. 2003 – Fund Shenanigans

Much publicized government investigations into mutual-fund practices have been initiated and a wave of shareholder-initiated lawsuits is sure to follow. The allegations are troubling, as the chicanery in question would benefit institutional short-term traders at the expense of long-term individual investors. We are confident that the funds we recommend are not especially vulnerable to these …

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