Popular Newsletter's Stock Portfolios Beat Market Again - Tracey's Market Update Reports Year-End Results, Announces New 'Buy and Hold' Stock Market Picks

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The year-end results are in, and Tracey Ryniec, editor of Tracey's Market Update , is reporting stock market portfolio results for the 2007 Portfolio that beat the S&P 500 Index by 18.42 percent. The popular newsletter writer also announced her newest portfolio, "The Thrilling 17 of 2008," geared towards "buy and hold" investors, and is eager to watch how her most recent stock picks perform in the market.

The average person who wants to invest doesn't have time to analyze the Wall Street Journal and watch CNBC all day, and I built all these portfolios with that busy person in mind

The year-end results are in, and Tracey Ryniec, editor of the newsletter Tracey's Market Update, is reporting results for the 2007 stock market portfolio that beat the S&P 500 Index by 18.42 percent. Tracey's model investment portfolios for "buy and hold" investors from 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 are still going strong, with the 2005, 2006 and 2007 portfolios soundly beating the S&P 500 Index. Today, Tracey also announced her newest portfolio, "The Thrilling 17 of 2008," to newsletter subscribers, and is eager to watch how her most recent stock picks perform in the market.

"The average person who wants to invest doesn't have time to analyze the Wall Street Journal and watch CNBC all day, and I built all these portfolios with that busy person in mind," said Tracey Ryniec. "Investing in the stock market is a proven way to build wealth in the long-term, but it can be frightening if you don't know where to start. My portfolios and newsletter provide expertise and a hand to hold for investors who are ready to take that plunge."

Since 2001, Tracey Ryniec has been helping investors get closer to their financial goals through her twice-weekly newsletter, "Tracey's Market Update." In 2003, she shared her first model portfolio with subscribers, which consisted of 30 well-known stocks, including Microsoft (MSFT) and ExxonMobil (XOM). Geared toward "buy and hold" investors, her stock portfolio success spawned a Web site and daily blog, where investors can get Tracey's insights on current news and market conditions for free.

Every January, Tracey invests $1,000 in each stock she recommends, and reports on her portfolios' performances in "Tracey's Market Update," along with digests and analysis of current news events. The portfolios are designed to be "buy and hold" so that there is no trading. As with all investments, there have been some ups and downs, but the overall, performance of the 2005, 2006 and 2007 portfolios have decisively beat the S&P 500 Index for the same time frame. Specifically:

  •     The 2005 portfolio averaged an 18.10 percent return since inception (compared with 8.62 percent for the S&P 500 Index), trouncing the S&P 500 in 2007 by 16.77 percent with its mix of consumer products, oil and insurance companies.
  •     The 2006 portfolio averaged a 31.68 percent return since inception (compared with 10.49 percent for the S&P 500 Index.) Dubbed the "all or nothing" portfolio because it is heavily weighted in oil and mining companies, it crushed the S&P 500 Index by 34.47 percent in 2007.
  •     The 2007 portfolio averaged a 23.91 percent return since inception (compared with 5.49 percent for the S&P 500 Index), and this year saw big increases in its mining holdings as well as its Chinese and Indian holdings.

All the stocks in Tracey's model portfolios are publicly traded. There are no restrictions on size or sector and some portfolios include Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). Some of the holdings are well-known consumer brands, such as eBay (EBAY) and Coach (COH), while other strong performers are less well-known energy and metal companies, as well as international firms.

Tracey's new stock picks for January make up "The Thrilling 17 of 2008" portfolio, and are a mix of technology, commodities and big manufacturers, industries and sectors that Tracey believes will continue to gain ground this year and long-term.

"'The Thrilling 17 of 2008' companies are undervalued compared to their historic averages and the overall market," said Tracey. "They're strong companies and they're in industries that I chose for investors who want to feel confident about the stocks they're holding on to for the long-term."

After careers as a national security analyst and corporate lawyer, Tracey is now the full-time editor of Tracey's Market Update. Known for her quick wit and easy-to-understand writing style, Tracey analyzes the mass of financial information available and distills it down into actionable investment advice. In addition to Tracey's Market Update, Tracey has also been featured on WBBM-AM Chicago's Portfolio Doctor, as well as a contributing editor writing on securities matters, including insider trading and illegal short selling, for the bi-monthly publication The PIPEs Report (Private Investment in Public Equity) and has contributed to the Small Cap Report.

Tracey Ryniec is not a registered investment advisor. She may have positions in and may trade in the securities mentioned herein or in the portfolios. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. Consult your investment advisor before investing in any securities.

For press inquiries, please contact:
Erika Gimbel, 312-670-1200, egimbel @ vagusagency.com

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