Fortune 40: Stock picks to retire on

Forty stock picks inspired by the greatest investors of all-time: From the deepest values to solid growth, these shares can make retirement dreams come true.

AIG: The numbers
Market Cap $186.4 billion
Total Return YTD (June 11) 0.4%
Total Return Last 12 Months 20.1%
Earnings Growth (Next Five Years) 13.0%
P/E (Pasts 12 months) 11.4
P/E (Next Year's Estimate) 10.2
Dividend Yield 1.1%
Source: Baseline, as of June 11, 2007.
Bargain Growth
Two years after former chairman and CEO, Maurice "Hank" Greenberg resigned amid a series of highly publicized accounting scandals and government investigations, it's clear that AIG was no Enron. Under CEO Martin Sullivan, a 30-year company veteran, the insurance titan has survived restating five years' worth of earnings, has paid billions to settle fraud charges with government authorities, and is reporting impressive profit growth once again.

A long history in many global markets has allowed AIG to build valuable relationships that yield an edge in winning - and keeping - insurance licenses, as well as a familiar brand name in some often-unfamiliar markets.
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