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Editor's Introduction: Staying Out Of The Cold

Market historians and optimists might be hopeful about the stock marketin the coming months, even year.

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Over time, midterm elections during the first-terms of Democratic presidents have brought stunning market rallies, on the assumption that the combination of a Democrat in the White House and a Republican-controlled senate often results in gridlock, which tends to reduce uncertainty for Wall Street.

If that is the case, US stocks in 2010 will almost certainly finish higher for the second straight year after a devastating 2008 and a down 2007. They might even manage a double-digit gain.

There's always the exception, however, and this year has brought more than its share for stocks: a red-hot July and September; a brutal, cold August.

What's more, given the health of the US economy—and the global one—as well as changes in the world of investing, there's ample reason for pause.

Demand and growth remain weak and debt high for both consumers and governments. The growing role of high-frequency tradingand other institutional, computer-driven investing forces sometimes make technical factors as powerful as fundamental ones in moving stock prices.

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Meanwhile, two years after the financial crisis and ten years after the great bear market, retail investors are feeling twice burned and very much shy about re-entering the stock market. Financial advisors these days seem to spend as much time on hand holding as they do actively managing their clientsportfolios.

There's growing talk of a bond bubble and a gold bubble in a safe-haven-obsessed marketplace.

For all the talk of a new normal, some may be wondering if it is more a matter of no normal. Do the same rules rules—diversification, buy and hold—and vehicles—mutual funds, single stocks—still apply? Is there a new calculus, physics to the world of investing?

It's against this backdrop, that we've assembled our annual our "Winterizing Your Portfolio" special report, addressing some of the nagging concerns and questions.

Analysis & Advice:

Slideshows:

Earnings

Commodities

Currencies

Mutual Funds

  • NEW YORK, July 22- John McCormick has been on a mission for the past five years: to bring hedge funds to the masses. Traditional hedge funds, those lightly regulated investment pools open exclusively to large institutions and rich individuals, have been duds lately, trailing the U.S. stock market's performance every year since 2009 by an average of 10 percentage...

  • Mutual funds fee fight

    Discussing news the SEC is investigating mutual fund fees and proper disclosure, with Marc Powers, Baker & Hostetler, and CNBC contributor Evan Newmark.

  • SEC probes mutual fund fees

    Are mutual funds properly disclosing fees to clients? CNBC's Eamon Javers has the details on the investigation by the SEC into payments made from mutual funds to brokerages.

Bonds

  • Will Russia cut interest rates again?

    Oleg Kouzmin, economist for Russia and CIS at Renaissance Capital, predicts the central bank will announce a rate cut of 50 basis points at its meeting today.

  • Upcoming jobs data will be good news for Fed: Pro

    Roy Teo, senior FX strategist at ABN AMRO Bank, expects the U.S. economy to add around 200,000 new jobs in August and September, painting the picture of an improving job market for the Fed.

  • EM Asia has settled at a new lower normal: Pro

    Jahangir Aziz, head of EM Asia economic research at JP Morgan, discusses whether central banks in Asia will have to hike rates to defend their currencies against a stronger dollar.