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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— It looks like we really are giving the stock market another chance. Last year stock index mutual funds and exchange-traded funds attracted a net $166.6 billion, according to Morningstar. At the same time, $98.4 billion went in the opposite direction out of actively managed ones.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- Calling it a play on falling U.S. gas prices, the portfolio manager of the one of the top-performing large-cap value funds over the last decade recently purchased slightly more than 1 million shares of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dunkin' Brands shares fell nearly 10 percent over two days after the...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

Bonds

Stocks