The last three years have shaken investors to the core, depleting their confidence in Corporate America and the stock market and leaving many unclear about what to believe and what to stay away from. While some companies have tried their best to regain the trust of the investing public, measurable success is hard to come by at this point.

As time has gone on, the relentless barrage of bad news has left investors dizzied, reeling first from the tech bubble burst, to the tragic events of 9/11, to the constant threat of continued terrorism and the unrest in Iraq and on the Korean peninsula. Throw in the corporate scandals at the likes of Enron, Tyco and WorldCom and the fact that despite three successive years of a down market, the ailing economy shows little signs of recovering resilience.

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