Home for the holidays--but I'll be back on January 4

12/24/2009 8:30 am EST

Focus: STOCKS

Jim Jubak

Founder and Editor, JubakPicks.com

Best of the holidays to you and yours, and may the New Year bring you health, happiness, and a perfectly positioned portfolio.

Everyone who has clicked on this blog, read a post, added a comment or sent me an e-mail has my deepest appreciation. You’ve helped turn what was for me a tumultuous 2009 into an exciting new beginning. Without readers, a writer is that tree falling silently in a forest. I hope my posts have provided a good return on the time you’re invested in reading this blog.

The blog is going dark for the days between Christmas Eve and New Years—unless the financial system blows up again. Absent an event of that magnitude, I’ll spend the holidays the way I like best—with my wife and kids—and hope that you’ll be able to spend the time with those you love doing the things that you love best. (Snow. We need some more snow here in New York. What else are Christmas sleds for?)

In the new year—Monday January 4 to be precise--I’ll pick up where I left off with some picks for what promises to be a difficult market, and on January 5 I’ll publish a long post on 10 stocks for the next 10 years, my annual review of the long-term Jubak Picks 50 portfolio. In the days after that I’ll post performance reports and updates on my Jubak’s Picks 12-18 month portfolio and my Dividend Income portfolio.

What' will be new for 2010?

In 2010 I’ll also make more improvements in the blog. In the first weeks of January, for example, I’ll be adding a watch list so that you can track all those “stocks to buy later” that I frequently throw out. (Thanks to the readers who asked for this feature. It’s a good idea.) I have other plans for new features in 2010 but given how long it takes me to go from idea to execution sometimes (well, make that, often), I’ll save announcing those until they’re closer to reality.

I hope you’ll stick with me for another year. I’m very grateful that you’ve joined me for the four-and-a-half month journey that was JubakPicks.com in 2009. And I hope to have your company as we walk on down the road in 2010.

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