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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

  • 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

Stocks