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HaysFreePress.com CLASSIFIEDS • PUBLIC NOTICES SERVICE DIRECTORY September 8, 2010 • Page 1D The good, the bad and the opportunities As an investor, you often may have to digest a great deal of information, some positive and some negative And fight now, you can find both the good and the bad -- but most importantly, you can find investment opportunities Unfortunately, many people are focusing on the gloomy headlines: the possibility of a double-dip recession, Euro- pean debt concerns, slowing growth in China and other factors And when investors get jittery, they tend to flee the stock market, which leads to the declines we've seen in recent days. That's the bad news The good news is that there really is some good news out there Consider the following: • Sustainable economic recovery-- The economic recoveryois already a year old. In fact, the economy grew by about 3 percent in the first half of this year-- one of the largest tumarotmds in 50 years We're now entering a more sustainable recovery pace And although there may be some bumps in the road, there's probably little chance of a double-dip recession, an event that, historically, is quite rare • Low inflation, interest rates -- Inflation is currently running at a manageable 2 percent per year, while interest rates remain at near an-time lows. The ability to borrow inexpensively during periods of low inflation his- toricany leads to stronger economic demand. • Strong corporate earn- ings -- Following the end of the recession, corporate profits have improved dra- matically- and companies are using their strong profits and growing cash balances to boost their dividends. This is also good news, because companies typically don't raise dividends unless they're somewhat confident about the future. • Stocks priced favorably -- Many quality stocks are at- tractively valued toda based on their price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E. Typically, the lower the P/E, the better the value. Currently, the P/E of the stocks in the Standard & Peers 500 is about 12; over the past 22 years, the average P/E was 18.5. • Historical precedent -- The past decade has not been a good one for stocks. But dur- ing the past 80 years, when- ever stocks have done poorly over a decade (average annu- alized 10-year returns of less than 4 percent), the returns over the next 10 years have been strong (annualized aver- age retums of 12.5 percent per year). While past performance can't guarantee future results, history is still on the side of the optimistic investor. Given these factors, what should you do now? For start- ers, don't panic. Don't rush into ultra-conservative invest- ments because you're worried about stock market declines; with today's low interest rates, these vehicles may not help you much in achieving your long-term financial goals. Instead, balance your portfo- lio with an appropriate mix of short-term investments, such as cash and certificates of deposit (CDs), and long-term investments, such as stocks and bonds. Your ideal bal- ance should be based on your individual risk tolerance, time horizon and specific obiec- fives. And as you balance your portfolio, look for the best opportunities available today. It takes discipline and con- fidence to ignore the "bad news" of today and invest for tomorrow. But in the long run, it's worth the effort. EXCLUSIVE TO YOUR PRINT EDITION This story will be posted on haysfreepress.com on Friday• Kyle Luvianos Mexican Restaurant Latest Month: $9,658 Daily Average: $322 Hitters Bar & Grill Latest Month: $716 Daily Average: $24 Bu, la Comfort Suites Latest Month: $5,000 Daily Average: $167 Chavelo's Mexican Restaurant Latest Month: $3,514 Daily Average: $117 A snapshot of up mixed drink _ sales at bars and restaurants m Business by the numbers Hays County's corridor cities, based on recent one-month sales San Marcos Bar One Forty One Latest Month: $83,694 Daily Average: $2,790 i i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiii!iiii!iiiiiJii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiJiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii Harpers Public House Latest Month: $68,956 Daily Average: $2,299 !iiiiiiiiiii!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!iiiiiiii!iiiii!iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiii!iiiii!!!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii ¸iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiii!iiii!!i!iiiiiiiiiiiii!i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiI!ii!iiii!iiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiii; ::iii iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iii!ii!i!iilJi;i;ii:ii:iiiiiiiiii I iiili The Tavern Latest Month: $64,230 Dally Average: $2,141 iiiiiiiiiliiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!iiiii  ! 00/ii iii i iiiiiiiii!i00iiiiiiiii i i00i00ii San Marcos ES Catering Latest Month: $57,336 Daily Average: $1,911 ::::: : :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill   i::i F i :;i::i: ::: iii ii;i: : :i:: !:ii::!i;i::: := :: ii!ii!i:=ii iii!ii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii i iii [ i:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ========================== :: ::: :: ::::.: :.: :: .:.::,: ::o.. iii =================================== ,a. -.- ';: " "  "":is:?;i N { }i::iidiii ii:::: Ni:::!::!iii:: i::i::iii::i:::: ::s:::::  s:: ii::::i:;:i:: g i/;i ::: :: . : ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: . :::::::::::::::::::: ::::: ::::::::: Latest Month: $50,877 Daily Average: $1,696 Chili's Gdll & Bar Latest Month: $50,511 Daily Average: $1,684 iiiiiiiiiiiii ii iii!iiiiiijiiiiiiiiiiliiiiili!iiiiiiill i iiiiiiiii!iii i;iii iiiiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii ! iiiiiiiii!il iiiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i iiii i iii:Jiiii•iiiiJiiiiiiiiii! i iiiiii!iiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii i iii ill! ii i!!!z i;i  ii:.!!:::i::iiii::::˘[:: :: ii:! :.  i!!::!:i!: !:! :: These figures are based on June 2010 sales, the most recent available, as reported by the establishments to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The most recent batch of data was released by the state comptroller on Aug. 23.