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THE GREAT RACE: WEEK OF DECEMBER 2, 1994

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Present value of $10,000 investment made January 3, 1994 minus fees and commissions. Rates reflect Wednesday close.

Current Rate$750.32 $9,491.44 Over-the-counter

$124.64 $9,704.92 Blue chip stocks

$ 74.63 $9,337.58 Lipper mutual funds

$ 47.48 $9,337.58 Lipper Int'l funds

5.92% $10,425.65 EE U.S. Savings bonds

4.77% $10,321.92 Money market funds

3.46% $10,264.85 90-day CD

8.03% $8,759.77 30-year T-bond

$5.03 oz. $9,319.79 Silver

$384.40 oz. $9,511.94 Gold bullion

$9,000 $10,000 $11,000 $12,000

Our money mounts are maintaining a medical metaphor this week - some got sicker, some got better, and others just seem to know how to operate. The saver steeds' conservative regimen of clean living and exercise has kept them in peak form. EE Bonds, Money Market and 90-day CD remain in first, second and third with respective gains of $11, $7 and $9. Blue Chip, gravely ill only weeks ago, has made a miraculous recovery. His $159 gain was a shot in the arm that propelled him forward one place to fourth. Gold fever is proving as destructive as it ever was; despite moving up to fifth, he dropped $17. A $115 gain proved to be just what the doctor ordered for OTC, as he advanced to sixth. Lipper International dropped $26 on an emergency room visit but stayed in seventh. Lipper Mutual found a $95 gain was good for what ailed him, as he moved up to eighth. Silver, in first only seven weeks ago, suffered a heart attack this week when he lost $265 and fell to ninth. After dropping $1,159 in two months, his next physician may be Dr. Kevorkian. Once given little chance of survival, 30-year T-bond's prognosis has improved in each of the last four weeks. Though still in tenth, an $84 gain has him back on his feet.