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8:30 AM EST Tuesday, November 14, 2006: How you allocate your investment monies is the biggest determinant of your portfolio's long-term success. A portfolio all in stocks will do differently -- returns and risk-wise -- to one all in bonds. A portfolio invested in a broader array of assets will perform differently -- it should perform with more consistent returns. The key problem is finding the broad asset classes to invest in. There are no "brokers" of everything. There are no supermarkets of investment opportunities. A stockbroker typically won't know about real estate syndication. Yet, this asset class has far outperformed stocks and bonds in the last several years. Your job as a successful investor is not just choosing investment opportunities, but finding them. That's the hard part. And that's why in this column, I write about everything from art to real estate.

All this was the topic of last night's long dinner, which didn't end until nearly midnight. I fell into bed exhausted and didn't get the time to finish the entire discussion this morning. But I will.

Good news: My tennis elbow is getting better by itself. Benign neglect works for a remarkable number of problems.

InSite Vision's conference call is this morning at 9:00 AM EST: Yesterday I misspoke. InSite does not have FDA approval, which should come in the second quarter of 2007. We are also awaiting news of a big pharma marketing partner. InSite promised it would have one in July. But it didn't. And its stock has slipped. We'll hear more in the conference call with CEO Kumar Chandrasekaran -- (877) 407-0778 or (201) 689-8565, account number 286 and conference ID 219889. A telephone replay will be available for 48 hours following by dialing (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415, account number 286 and conference ID 219889.

For only $600, you can play your iPod in style:

You plug your iPod into the 3.5 feet high "jukebox." It has 80 watts of power and five speakers. It comes with an infra-red remote to control audio volume and iPod functions from across the room. Sadly, the lights don't pulsate. The manufacturer told me he wanted to keep it "affordable." If you still want one, click here.

Intel invests more in Vietnam
One year we're fighting them. The next... Intel is more than tripling its initial investment in Vietnam to $1 billion, expanding the size of a chip assembly and testing plant that it is building.

Who's Your Daddy?
A reader sent me this. I'm guessing it's true. The following are all replies that Dallas Texas women have written on Child Support Agency forms in the section for listing "father's details". Or putting it another way... Who's your Daddy?

1. Regarding, the identity of the father of my twins, child A was fathered by Jim Munson.. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of child B, but I believe that he was conceived on the same night.

2. I am unsure, as to the identity of the father of my child as I was being sick out of a window when taken unexpectedly from behind. I can provide you with a list of names of men that I think were at the party if this helps.

3. I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was conceived at a party at 3600 Grand Avenue where I had unprotected sex with a man I met that night. I do remember that the sex was so good that I fainted. If you do manage to track down the father, can you send me his phone number? Thanks.

4. I don't know the identity of the father of my daughter. He drives a BMW that now has a hole made by my stiletto in one of the door panels. Perhaps you can contact BMW service stations in this area and see if he's had it replaced.

5. I have never had sex with a man. I am still a Virginian. I am awaiting a letter from the Pope confirming that my son's conception was ejaculate and that he is the Saver risen again.

6. I cannot tell you the name of child A's dad as he informs me that to do so would blow his cover and that would have cataclysmic implications for the economy. I am torn between doing right by you and right by the country. Please advise.

7. I do not know who the father of my child was as all blacks look the same to me.

8. Peter Smith Is the father of child A. If you do catch up with him, can you ask him what he did with my AC/DC CDs? Child B who was also borned at the same time .... Well, I don't have clue.

9. From the dates it seems that my daughter was conceived at Disney World; maybe it really is the Magic Kingdom.

10. So much about that night is a blur. The only thing that I remember for sure is Delia Smith did a program about eggs earlier in the evening. If I had stayed in and watched more TV rather than going to the party at 146 Miller Drive, mine might have remained unfertilized.

11. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my baby, after all, like when you eat a can of beans you can't be sure which one made you fart.

Yep, you guessed it right, says my reader, we pay taxes to support these people.

This column is about my personal search for the perfect investment. I don't give investment advice. For that you have to be registered with regulatory authorities, which I am not. I am a reporter and an investor. I make my daily column -- Monday through Friday -- freely available for three reasons: Writing is good for sorting things out in my brain. Second, the column is research for a book I'm writing called "In Search of the Perfect Investment." Third, I encourage my readers to send me their ideas, concerns and experiences. That way we can all learn together. My email address is . You can't click on my email address. You have to re-type it . This protects me from software scanning the Internet for email addresses to spam. I have no role in choosing the Google ads. Thus I cannot endorse any, though some look mighty interesting. If you click on a link, Google may send me money. Please note I'm not suggesting you do. That money, if there is any, may help pay Claire's law school tuition. Read more about Google AdSense, click here and here.
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