That is if you have been following my investment advice since last fall. The portfolio of shares I have bought since the Feds began their successful effort to rescue our financial system from almost certain ruin has grown by 50%. You will recall that I have been urging readers to take advantage of fire sale prices for real estate and stocks since last fall. Well the housing market has taken a slight turn up and for Florida promises to be back to normal in the peak winter season. (Unlike the rest of the country, where spring is the peak season for home sales, winter is the best time in Florida, when people are buying vacation and retirement homes.)

I have specifically suggested investing in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac whose share prices have almost doubled in the last week. I also talked about buying shares in Allied Irish Bank, the largest bank in Ireland, that was almost “nationalized,” because of its “toxic asset” exposure. Its shares have doubled in value in two weeks. Bank of America has seen its shares increase in value steadily. My only non-financial buy, Loews Casinos, has also doubled in three weeks. The only poor performer in my “Great Recession” portfolio has been Citibank that moves along on a flat trajectory.

While the really good bargains are gone, there are still some great buys. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still great choices. Look for the financial institutions that have been brutally devalued because of “toxic” assets.

You might want to test General Motors, which has recovered so much, it is putting off selling its European holdings, Opel and Vauxhall. General Motors is now in a joint venture with Russia’s largest car maker, owns the third largest car maker in South Korea and is in a joint venture with a Chinese company that is the largest car maker in that country. All three ventures share the same position, they are in the most rapidly growing car markets in the world.

As for a final suggestion, do buy property now before the prices start to rise more rapidly. Again, look for “short sales” where the lender is willing to take a loss to rid his books of the property.