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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

  • A woman holding balloons walks near Oriental Pearl Radio & TV Tower in Shanghai

    China shares have surged, but with active fund managers still underexposed to the market, the rally isn't over, Goldman said.

  • Zhao Yang, fund manager of Bosera Asset Management Co, which is launching a mutual fund to invest in the city's markets, said he expected inflows from Chinese mutual funds and insurers to continue, and the valuation gap between Hong Kong and China- listed stocks to narrow further. His view was echoed by brokerage China Investment Securities, who wrote on Friday: "In...

  • NEW YORK— Here's a trick question: Are Spanish stocks up or down this year? For someone sitting in a Barcelona cafe, the answer is obviously up. The dollar's value has climbed against the Argentine peso, the New Zealand dollar and almost everything in between.

Bonds

Stocks