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Managing Your Money for the Year Ahead

On Wall Street, the January Effect refers to the tendency of stocks to rise in the first month of the year as new money enters the market.

Deborah Harrison | Photographer's Choice | Getty Images

On Main Street, it might as well be the tendency of people to use the new year as an opportiunity to make resolutions that rarely survive the month.

We're not, however, talking about losing weight or exercising; we're interested in the financial decisions that will pay off throughout the year — saving, preserving allocating and investing money.

Such an exercise can be as basic as getting organized or as complicated as finding the right sectors in which to invest.

Our special report, "Your Money Resolutions," is all about taking care of your money: getting organized, improving your balance sheet, maximizing retirement income, assessing risk and identifying the right equity sectors.

Plus, you'll learn what our market prognosticators expect from various markets in 2012.

Commodities

  • oil fracking North Dakota

    Oil prices dropped as a rising U.S. rig count stoked fears of oversupply and after Chinese regulators opened an investigation into suspected stock market manipulation.

  • Gold was steady above a 3-1/2 month low, as sluggish US jobs data tempered expectations for a September rate hike by the Fed and hurt the dollar.

  • An operator for Baker Hughes Inc., conducts a wireline survey on a Chesapeake Energy Corp. natural gas rig in the North Texas Barnett Shale bed rock deposit near Burleson, Texas.

    Drillers added 12 oil rigs to U.S. fields in the last week, snapping a 29-week streak of declines.

Currencies

Mutual Funds

  • JPMorgan: Excited about HK-China MRF scheme

    Michael Falcon, head of the Asia Pacific funds business at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, says the mutual recognition of funds (MRF) scheme between China and Hong Kong is a step forward.

  • NEW YORK, July 2- Investors pulled $3 billion in assets from Pacific Investment Management Co's flagship fund in June, compared with $2.7 billion the previous month, in another sign Pimco is stabilizing since last fall's departure of star manager Bill Gross. The Pimco Total Return Fund had cash withdrawals of $5.6 billion in April and $7.3 billion in March,...

  • NEW YORK— Well, that was a disappointing ending. After years of nearly uninterrupted and strong returns, most mutual funds looked set to deliver another quarter of gains, albeit modest ones, for April through June. That is, it looked that way until the eve of the quarter's end, when a sell-off in global stock markets pulled down many funds.

Bonds

Stocks