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I purchased shares of BEN on 1-7-98. I also use
the Stock Selection Guide, for my own individual
investments as well as for the club I joined. BEN
has given me a (unrealized) gain of 25.73 or this 3 1/2-month period (includes $12 broker fee).

If you use the Tool Kit or Stock Analyst software,
remember to look at the "Relative Value" figure.
NAIC recommends that it be under 110%. But as
with all the data provided by the SSG, you can
justify any aberation by additional information.
If the Upside-Downside ratio is under 3 to 1, and
everything else is favorable, I enter a higher price
as the current price, then hold this completed
Stock Selection Guide in anticipation of a favorable
price change. But of course, if the price drops
significantly I would check out any news before making
my move. Some of this is difficult to do in an
investment club, because of meetings, communication,
and time involved.

I don't think you will go wrong with BEN. Another
financial stock you might want to check out is JEF,
Jefferies group Incorporated. Be aware that Jefferies
is planning to spin off into two separate companies
soon. I own shares of JEF, but the last SSG I did
indicated that it may have become slightly overpriced.
So I did not purchase more shares. Since my purchase on 10-29-97 of JEF, I have seen a (unrealized) gain of 60%.
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