.Babson-United, which was founded in 1904, will focus on its asset-management business. Richard Babson, the chairman, said it would have been a strain to keep the publication, which had to compete with other investment resources in various media. The final issue came out April 16.
.Babson-United is transferring existing subscriptions to Standard & Poor's Corp.'s weekly investment publication, The Outlook. In a way, it is keeping subscribers in the same family, though the relationship is distant.
.Investment Report began as a U.S. government publication for the public during World War I .Roger Babson, a distant cousin of Richard Babson's, took over the publication after the war. A few years later, he turned over control to Paul Babson, Richard's grandfather, who created the subscription-based United Business Service, precursor to the Investment Report.
.Paul Babson was also owner of Poor's Publishing when it merged with Standard Statistics, serving as chairman of the newly formed Standard & Poor's for the next 25 years.
.Outlook includes stock and mutual fund suggestions, economic commentary, tax tips and financial-planning advice. A one-year subscription (48 issues) costs $298; new subscribers or those who have not been subscribers within the past two years can receive a six-month trial for $57. For overseas subscriptions, additional per-issue postage is $1.32 to Europe, $1.48 to Asia and $1.07 to South America
.A subscription-based electronic version of The Outlook is expected to be available soon on the Internet.
.For more information:
.BABSON-UNITED. Telephone: 1 781 235 0900, or, toll-free in the United States, 1 888-223-7412. Fax: 1 781 235 9450. Minimum investment: $500,000. Web site: www.babson.com.
.STANDARD & POOR'S. Telephone: 1 212 438 7280, or, toll-free in the United States, 1 800 852 1641. Fax: 1 212 438 3395. Web site: www.standardandpoors.com.