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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

  • CHICAGO— Is it worth it to pay a stock picker when index mutual funds are so cheap? It was against that backdrop that several high-profile stock pickers made their case at the Morningstar Investment Conference in Chicago this week. "Active management has lost its voice a little bit, and we want people to remember what it's about," said Rob Lovelace, president of...

  • NEW YORK, June 26- The prospect of Greece defaulting on its debt has long been viewed as the recipe for a global stock market disaster. Brian Burrell, co-portfolio manager of the $11.5 billion Thornburg International Value fund, increased the percentage of European stocks such as French materials maker Compagnie de Saint-Gobain and French construction...

  • June 25- One week after Saudi Arabia opened its stock market to direct foreign investment, U.S. mutual fund managers say they are interested but not rushing to invest in the Middle East's biggest economy. Foreign fund inflows are slower than initially expected, in part because U.S. fund companies like Fidelity and Harding Loevner are digesting numerous...

Bonds

Stocks