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BRIEFCASE : Investment Report Prints Final Issue
By Lauren Klein International Herald Tribune

Saturday, June 9, 2001
Babson-United Inc. has published the final issue of its 80-year-old Investment Report, a weekly subscription newsletter.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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A subscription-based electronic version of The Outlook is expected to be available soon on the Internet.
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For more information:
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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.
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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.
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