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Wall Street News Alert

September 17, 2008 09:33 ET

Wall Street News Alert: Breaking News Alert - MNTR! September 17, 2008

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WESTON, FL--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - Wall Street News Alert's "stocks to watch" this morning are: Mentor Capital, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MNTR), Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS), The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) and Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC).

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There is important news coming from Mentor Capital, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MNTR), and investors are urged to monitor the stock closely this morning! Yesterday, the company issued a press release announcing that the Mentor Capital, Inc. lead hedge fund has no exposure to financial companies, sub-prime or mortgage related securities.

This news should be welcomed! The press release states that in contrast to the widespread crises in the financial sector, the MNTR lead fund has outpaced the S&P 500 by 14% YTD and is up 1% YTD as of last week's close (vs. 13% loss for the DJIA). Both the lead hedge fund and Mentor Capital, Inc. have no short or long-term debt, which insulates them from the current credit liquidity risk challenging other financial firms.

The challenge at these other firms stems from them having large short-term and long-term loan balances and little of their own invested cash. Like a homeowner with one after another of balloon payments coming due, and no equity, the Wall Street firms were always at risk of being kicked to the curb. Approximately, and much like a house is financed, Merrill Lynch & Co. has paid for its assets with 2% equity and 98% debt, Morgan Stanley has 97% debt, Lehman Brothers has 97% debt, Goldman Sachs has 96% debt, and even Bank of America has 90% of its business financed by debt.

Mentor Capital, Inc. and its lead hedge fund have no debt that is due at any scheduled time, nor any balloon or other payments due on any schedule. Additionally, the Company is actively raising new equity capital to invest. In housing terms, it owns its house free-and-clear and only worry about living expenses and a credit card or two. As a result, the general lack of availability of fresh credit in the market to roll-forward loans that other companies might have coming due, does not apply at all to Mentor Capital or its fund.

According to the release, through its lead hedge fund, Mentor Capital has $13.5 million in equivalent Assets Under Management. Investors interested in debt-free investing, high growth, and value in a small-cap environment, are invited to learn more about the Company at: www.MentorCapital.com. Detailed trading information and Level II quotes may be referenced at www.PinkSheets.com under the trading symbol MNTR.

Investors are urged to continue to monitor the progress of the company!

The stock closed yesterday at $2.00 a share.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) down 10.8% on 118.9 million shares traded.

Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services.

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) down 1.8% on 48.2 million shares traded.

Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of services worldwide to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals.

Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) up 11.2% on 174.5 million shares traded.

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services.

Market Commentary:

"As turmoil continues to rattle the financial industry, the Fed held its key benchmark U.S. interest rate steady on Tuesday. The U.S. central bank's decision leaves the interbank overnight federal funds rate at 2 percent, where it has been since April," stated Sonja Rudd in Wall Street News Alert's daily commentary continued at: http://www.WallStreetNewsAlert.com.

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