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Every year Fortune releases a list of the 40 best companies to invest in now to retire on. This long-term portfolio is designed to protect your hard-earned nest-egg as you approach retirement.

Last year Fortune’s portfolio of 40 best stocks to retire on returned -23.07% from 6-20-08 to 6-16-09, relative to the -30.8% returned by the S&P500 during the same time period. This year they are replacing 23 stocks to form the new portfolio.

Provided below are the 40 stocks recommended by Fortune as the best stocks to retire on in 2009 and our outlook of these companies from a valuation perspective based on The Applied Finance Group’s valuation model.

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Fortune's 40 Best Stocks to Retire On - 2009