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CNBC Poll: What's the Best Place to Invest?

Surprising and volatile. That's one way to describe the financial markets in 2011.

Your Money Resolutions - A CNBC Special Report
Your Money Resolutions - A CNBC Special Report

After a series of up-and-down moves, the major stock indicesended the year pretty much where they started. Precious metalsoffered a wild ride as well, but only gold delivered a sizable gain.

Somehow, Treasurysmanaged to rally again, but with prices so high at the end of the year, it's hard to imagine any more gains.

With a year like 2011, investors may be prone to scratch their heads about 2012.

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Commodities

Currencies

Mutual Funds

  • NEW YORK, May 22- If you can't beat them, buy them. That's the theory underlying a move by a growing number of mutual fund managers at companies including T. Rowe Price and Eaton Vance to slip shares of indexed exchange traded funds into their actively managed fund portfolios. Putting money into ETFs rather than having it sit in cash is a "cheap and efficient way to gain...

  • NEW YORK— Most of us don't worry about taxes when it comes to mutual funds. We don't need to because we invest in them through a 401, IRA or another account designed to delay taxes until after retirement. "There's a lot of effort in the industry on picking stocks and timing the market, but that is extremely difficult to do persistently," says Clemens Sialm, a professor at...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- The Pimco Total Return Fund, which last month lost its crown as the world's biggest bond fund, is now losing some momentum in performance. The Pimco Total Return Fund hit a peak of $292.9 billion in assets under management in April 2013. "Globally, we maintain exposure to diversifying sources of duration, including in Mexico and in the eurozone," Pimco...

Bonds

  • Here's why dollar king will reign supreme

    Sim Moh Siong, FX strategist at Bank of Singapore, expects the Fed to raise rates in September, which will help the U.S. dollar to resume its strength after a brief consolidation in this quarter.

  • Why Nomura cut its 2015 GDP forecast for Thailand

    Rob Subbaraman, chief economist, Asia ex-Japan at Nomura, says the Bank of Thailand is "overburdened" and more measures to help the economy must come from the fiscal policy and reforms.

  • Further China easing will help HK markets: Pro

    Clive McDonnell, head of Equity Strategy at Standard Chartered, expects further easing in China to take Hong Kong markets higher and explains the odds of a correction in the Shanghai Composite.

Stocks