Financials: With home prices falling and the inventory of unsold homes rising, financial companies involved with the real-estate industry look like they have more trouble ahead. However, many financial companies have nothing to do with real estate or subprime mortgages and so have no exposure to the kinds of losses that have been making headlines. It is worth looking for these companies because they may be some of the biggest beneficiaries of lower interest rates, without the corresponding baggage that the lower rates were meant to offset. The two I like are U.S. Global Investors The Wall Street Journal ’ s latest quarterly fund report ranks three U.S. Global funds in the top 1 percent overall and another fund in the top 2 percent overall as of December 31, 2007. The report also lists two U.S. Global large-cap funds among the top 10 funds in their categories in the latest 12-month period. In addition, one of the company ’ s municipal bond funds was ranked #1 in the short-intermediate municipal debt category for the year ending December 31, 2007, and three other U.S. Global funds also earned top-quartile rankings in various time periods, according to Lipper.