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    (1929-)
    American Investor
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    yields 87,500 hits.  

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Too Good To Be True? DUH,
It Probably Isn’t!  


Many who are familiar with my speeches or my writings
are aware of my deep and long involvement in the
investment education movement.  As long ago as the
mid-1970’s I have been involved in deep and
passionate efforts to promote investment education.  A
natural result of those efforts is to attempt to steer
people away from get-rich-quick schemes.  Those
schemes appear to be what they almost always are,
too good to be true.  The speed and extended reach
of the Internet only makes it more challenging to be
wary of what we read and act upon.

Several days ago, I read an article by long-time friend
and associate Kenneth Janke, Sr.  In his cautionary
article entitled “Don’t Become a Mark When Market
Rises” (Better Investing Magazine, Jan. 2007) Ken
addressed the issue of e-mails which flood the Internet
about investment “opportunities” that in reality are
more often pitfalls.  The bold quote in the very center
of the one page article warns “Be wary of promotional
mailings, faxes and e-mails you’re receiving about ‘can’
t miss’ opportunities in the market.”

If any of this sounds familiar to you, congratulations for
reading my e-mails, web site warnings, and listening to
my conversations and speeches regarding investment
education.  

If you are wondering about Ken Janke’s qualifications,
he is a chairman emeritus of NAIC’s Board of Trustees
and a member of the Better Investing magazine’s
Editorial Advisory and Securities Review Committee.  
That is a shortened and humble description of who
Ken Janke is.  For more than thirty years (that’s how
long I have known him), Ken has functioned in key
positions within NAIC (National Association of Investors
Corporation), and yet has remained accessible to
anyone with serious intentions to making a positive
impact.  Beyond his qualifications, Ken is in the unique
position of being completely objective.  If you buy and
sell every “hot tip” or everything that is not a “hot tip” in
the market today, Ken does not make a dime.  His
position and the organization he so well represents
promotes Investment Education, and is not in the
business of promoting stocks or making commissions
from a lot of fruitless buying and selling.

Ken’s article begins with a quote by Mark Twain which
wisely states “There are two times in a man’s life when
he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it and
when he can.”

You have heard and read my cautions and my urgings
to seriously consider investment education.  You have
now been made aware of a “ditto” by one of America’s
foremost investment education experts.  Regardless,
you will no doubt wake up tomorrow with a e-mail box
full of “Hurry up and Buy This,” and go to bed after
having been exposed to numerous “Last opportunities”
that probably look very much like the “Last
opportunities” you had yesterday and last week and
last month.

Of the many choices you have available to you, the
one that has stood the test of time is the one that
offers you the opportunity to become educated in how
to make your hard earned money work for you.  The
opportunity is to receive investment education from an
organization whose birth goes back to the early 1940’
s.  The opportunity is from an organization whose
teachings have survived war and peace, an
organization whose teachings have not depended
upon whether the country is run by Democrats or
Republicans.  It is an organization whose teachings
have worked in an industrial economy, in a service-
oriented economy, in good times and in not-so-good
times.

Before casting your next dollar into the nonsense-lined
abyss of the “Last Great Gold Mine” or whatever is the
title of that anonymous e-mail, take a break in the
name of common sense, and log on to www.
betterinvesting.org.  You may also contact NAIC by
calling toll-free 1-877-275-6242.
VISIONS
"Seeing the world not as it is, but as it can be"
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18
Your Success Newsletter - Jan-Feb, 2007 - Published Bi-Monthly

IN THIS ISSUE

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1.
The King or Queen
is in YOU!
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2.
What Christmas
Means To Me
Thoughts From
Krisha, Ryan & Jevon
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3.
Congratulations to
Jasmine Hudson
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4.
Congratulations to
Tiajma Poindexter
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5.
Too Good
To Be True
Investment Cautions
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6.
The Hope
For Life Family
Raising Hopes & Spirits
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7.  
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8.
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10.
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