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Wall Street News Alert

September 17, 2008 08:33 ET

Wall Street News Alert Issues Special Alert on MNTR! September 17, 2008

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Following Is an Investment Opinion Being Issued by Wall Street Capital Funding.

WESTON, FL--(Marketwire - September 17, 2008) - Wall Street News Alert's "stocks to watch" this morning are: Mentor Capital, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: MNTR), The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX), Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE: OZM) and Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG).

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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: Detailed trading information and Level II quotes may be referenced at 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.

The Blackstone Group (NYSE: BX) up 0.7% on 3.4 million shares traded.

Blackstone is one of the world's leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital.

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (NYSE: OZM) down 1.4% on 359,000 shares traded.

Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC is one of the world's largest institutional alternative asset managers with offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangalore and Beijing. Och-Ziff's funds seek to deliver consistent, positive, risk-adjusted returns throughout market cycles, with a strong focus on capital preservation.

Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG) up 2.7% on 1.6 million shares traded.

Fortress is a leading global alternative asset manager with approximately $35.1 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2008. Fortress manages private equity funds and hedge funds. Fortress was founded in 1998.

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