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 —diversification, buy and hold—and vehicles—mutual funds, single stocks—still apply? Is there a new calculus, physics to the world of investing?
Asset allocation strategists haven’t had an easy time in recent years. For awhile they dished out bigger weightings to defensive plays—bonds, cash and commodities. But for 2011, strategists recommend investors boost allocations to ride the wave.
A midterm election yielding a GOP Congress to offset a Democratic president, seasonal factors and stocks' status as a "humiliated asset class" should combine to power a sizable rally in the coming months.
Smart investors need to look at savvy investment alternatives, from junk bonds to short selling to commodities, say three financial advisors.
Small-cap stocks usually lead the economy out of recessions and this one has been no exception, but market leadership looks ready to turn.
Buffeted by markets made more efficient by high frequency traders, high stock correlation, and an increasing focus on costs, actively managed mutual funds have failed to earn their high management fees and lost ground to exchange traded funds, ETFs, and index funds.
After a year and a half of stock market gains, you might be feeling a little better about your 401(k). Once shattered, it may now only be battered. But in the high-speed, global market of today, both the options and challenges in managing your portfolio are greater than ever.
Retirement and investment accounts may have the same purpose, but you'll need to manage them very differently to get the most out of your money.
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CNBC's Dominic Chu looks at three stocks to watch for next week, including Autozone, which is up 30 percent this year; Costco, which reports early Wednesday am; and Lululemon, which reports Thursday before the bell.
CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil and precious metals are likely headed next week.
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NEW YORK, Dec 5- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured about $31 billion into money market funds in the week ended Dec. 4 amid uncertainty over the U.S. stock market's direction, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.
NEW YORK, Dec 5- Investors in U.S.-based funds poured about $31 billion into money market funds in the week ended Dec. 4 on uncertainty over the U.S. stock market's direction, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday.
NEW YORK, Dec 4- Investors in U.S.-based mutual funds pulled about $1.4 billion from funds that mainly hold domestic stocks in the six days ended Nov. 26 on positive economic figures, data from the Investment Company Institute showed on Wednesday. Funds that mainly hold stocks of companies outside the United States attracted inflows of $2.9 billion.