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Cedar Rapids Gazette Newspaper Archive: June 24, 1974 - Page 5

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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - June 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                They'll Do It Every Time THE peoae wuo PUEAP THAT THEY'VE GOT TO HAV8 THE1K PHOTOS EARLY-.. THERE AN. VOUCOOUP', ROSH THEM SO'S I COULP HAVE THEM WIND OP? UXXlM ANY OMCALLED- FOR FILE, OF COURSE.' I he nvestor's uide By Sam Shulsky Q I'm puzzled by Creole Petroleum. It sells for about 17 anil pays well over 111 percent. At first my broker said he diiin'l know much about it, but when he looked it up he came back with: "It's out {if this world." A Creole isn't "out of this world" it's in Venezuela. and there's the "rub." The government recently set up a commission to study procedures for reversion of the company's concessions and as- sets, and to come up with an answer in six months. "Reversion" means the government taking over the company. Payment, of course, will be set by the government. So what you have here is a sit- uation with important un- knowns. And that's why the slock, which has paid dividends steadily for 39 years and is now distributing recently sold for around 14, at which level it yields a juicy percent. Over to you. Q I have an opportunity to invest in "oil" and receive a month (guaran- teed) for 12 years, a total of at which time my original investment will be gone. A I don't know what an investment in "oil" is. Do you mean a drilling venture, refin- ing, retailing? Since you are an attorney, I'm sure you can evaluate the word "guaran- teed." I don't recognize many guarantees other than those by the federal government or its agencies. Q I don't your ad- vising teachers to invest in tax-sheltered annuities. Two insurance companies in our area are paying 7 percent. A I do favor tax-sheltered investments for anyone who can benefit from them. Bui make sure of the management quality of the company managing your money. Q You mentioned in a recent column that an investor should offset taxable income when he can with capital losses. I'm curious as to how you can offset capital losses if you have no capital gains. And I'm curious as to how an attorney could overlook the fact that capital losses (even in the absence of capital gains) may be used to write down taxable income annually by up to (1 I notice that a substan- tial portion (13 stocks) on your growth list are included in the Dow Jones industrial index. How can you advance these as growth stocks in view of the D.T's failure to move in the lasl half dozen or more years and in view of the rampant inflation? Sam Shulsky A The sample growth list you refer to names 100 or so companies which are well known mostly long-established and with a long-term record of growth at a rate generally above the rate of growth for all U.S. industry. If nearly one- half of them happen to be on the Dow Jones industrial list, I can't see where that should oc- casion much eyebrow-raising, even though it is common practice to brand the DJ a fuddy-duddy lisl of has-beens. While it is true that the DJ doesn't include any of the spectaculars of the data processing-office machinery group which gave us our last stock market "circus" or "roller coaster" performance, it still comprises many leading U.S. corporations and even though it doesn't necessarily follow that the economy follows the DJ or vice versa, I don't think the stocks on the list can be ignored. As to your argument that 1) the DJ hasn't gotten anywhere much since it first touched eight years ago and 2) hasn't kept step with inflation, I can only say, "absolutely correct" and then ask: "What group of stocks am a married woman who wishes to have a better working knowledge of the stock market. Could you send me a list of books or pamphlets? stamped, self- addressed envelope would bring you a rather lengthy bibliography. The N. Y. Stock exchange offers an elementary "kit" for which can be obtained by writing to Dept. SU, Box 252, Wall St. Station, New York City 10005. I wrote an "Investment Guide for Women" which can be ob- tained for from Universal Publishing, 235 East 45th street, New York 10017. And for free you should find hundreds of ABC books on the subject at any sizable library. Just stick to the factual ones. The "double-your-money" books are little more than poor fiction. f Registrar: Usually a trust company or bank charged with the responsibility of preventing the issuance of more stock than has been authorized by a com- pany. Mr. Shulsky wrltu-n mirs- tlons, but will bo oljle ID provide answers only Ihrounh Ihp rnlurp'1 For inlonnolion on retirement (ind ore pro rptlrement planning, please Include d self addressed, stamped envelop Address vour requests to 
                            

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