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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Scorecard: 2008 Beltway Stock Bets

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In 2008, this author wrote 20 stories serving up Washington-themed stock picks. The proposition behind them was that companies and their investors often benefit from activity inside the Beltway, be it procurement, favorable legislation and regulation or even just political developments.

This approach worked out well enough in 2006 and 2007. Not this year.

On average, stocks highlighted in our 2008 stories show a total return of -26%, using prices from the date of publication through market close on Dec. 8. Small consolation: That's three points better, leaving aside transaction costs, than the S&P 500 return of -29% during equivalent time periods.

Full story at Forbes.com