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Forget ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Add Risk: Barclays Analyst

Investors should look past the so-called "fiscal cliff" and add risk to their portfolios, Larry Kantor, head of research at Barclays, said Monday on CNBC.

"It's not that we're expecting the economy to do a whole lot better. It's more than the absence of a negative, " he said on "Fast Money ."

Despite the looming "fiscal cliff, " which would trigger massive, automatic federal spending cuts in January, Kantor pointed to a slew of recent, positive economic indicators.

"People getting very nervous about the U.S numbers, which were very weak as you know until about a month ago, " he said. "Now you're seeing better-than-expected retail sales, a better-than-expected employment report, better-than-expected auto sales."

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Even the two most-often cited challenges to a global recovery were tempered, according to Kantor.

"China just had trade data that really says that the month before, which was very weak, was an outlier, and the exports situation is better, " he said. "Even in Europe, things aren't completely collapsing with industrial production moving up. You're not going back into a recession."

Fighting the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing was not a winning trade, he said.

"The Fed announcement is extraordinary in its open-endedness. Basically, the Fed's saying, 'We're going to keep buying until the economy starts growing faster.' That's pretty nice because when the economy starts growing faster, that's good news, " he added.

Corporate bonds and cyclical stocks were among Kantor's picks.

"What we see is more of a stabilization and maybe doing better in the next quarter, " he said.

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