August 20, 2009 11:47 ET

MPL Communications Inc.: "Do-it-Yourself" Investors Achieve Spectacular Gains in One of the Worst Markets in History

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2009) - MPL Communications Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MPZ) -

This year, Canadian investors have faced massive losses not only from tough market conditions but from shady financial advisors like recently disgraced investment guru, Earl Jones. Yet one investment advisory is helping "do-it-yourself" investors achieve spectacular gains -- beating the average Canadian mutual fund by 65 per cent.

These are not short sellers or market insiders. They are ordinary Canadian "do-it-yourself" investors who have contentedly scooped up profits throughout this long financial crisis.

By following the weekly advice of The Investment Reporter, these investors have tapped into returns that resemble those of a rising bull market.

Thus far in 2009, the stock recommendations of The Investment Reporter have earned an impressive 21.5 per cent. The advisory's Conservative stock portfolio returned an even more noteworthy 28.2 per cent. But the advisory had even better results to report -- its Speculative stock selections returned 29.2 per cent!

These figures do not come from the advisory's own records. They originate with the foremost independent measurement service in the field, Hulbert Financial Digest, a division of the venerable Dow Jones MarketWatch.

Those figures show that The Investment Reporter's total returns have outperformed the average Canadian equity mutual fund and the S&P/TSX Composite Index in 2009. Against the 21.5 per cent of The Investment Reporter, the average Canadian equity mutual fund returned 13 per cent -- a full 65 per cent lower. The TSX, at 17.6 per cent, trails the advisory by 22 per cent.

In fact, this continues a long-standing trend. According to Hulbert's numbers, The Investment Reporter has bested all Canadian equity mutual funds and the TSX for over 20 years.

It has done the same against the cream of the stock-picking world. Over the past 15 years, the advisory's total returns rank third among the long list of international newsletters surveyed by Hulbert.

Over 25 years, the result is identical -- Canada's Investment Reporter ranks third among all international advisories.

Founded in 1941 by the late George Armstrong, an early proponent of "value investing", The Investment Reporter stands as one of the oldest continuously published advisories in North America.

The advisory is published by MPL Communications Inc., which is Canada's largest provider of independent investment advice. Through its print and electronic services, MPL is Canada's market leader in the publishing of specialized investment advice and information. Among its other publications are the bi-weekly Investor's Digest of Canada, the Canadian Mutual Fund Adviser, the Money Reporter, The MoneyLetter, Blue Book of Stock Reports, The TaxLetter and Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street.

Its online advisories include, Buy-Sell Research Reports, Daily Buy-Sell Adviser and

Contact Information

  • MPL Communications Inc.
    David Berger
    Senior Marketing Manager
    (416) 869-1177
    (416) 869-0456 (FAX)