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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.

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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

Currencies

Mutual Funds

  • April 16- BlackRock Inc said on Thursday it plans to beef up its quantitative investing team as the sector continued to outperform peers and reported its actively managed equity funds recorded the first inflows since 2013.. BlackRock, the world's largest money manager, also reported that first-quarter profit rose by 8.7 percent, and adjusted earnings topped...

  • April 15- Hong Kong stocks held firm on Wednesday despite China's weak economic growth data, amid signs that Chinese mutual fund managers were raising billions of dollars as they sought bargains in the city. China's economy grew 7 percent in the first quarter- the worst showing since the depths of the global financial crisis, data showed, souring sentiment in...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- Signs that stocks in the benchmark Standard and Poor's 500 index are still moving in unison will make 2015 a particularly challenging year for hedge funds and mutual fund managers, according to a Goldman Sachs research note. Record-low dispersion, a measure of how often stocks in the index rise or fall in lockstep, has narrowed the potential...

Bonds

Stocks