Investor Spring Cleaning 2010

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    Retirement and investment accounts may have the same purpose, but you'll need to manage them very differently to get the most for your money.

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    The strategy of diversifying one’s portfolio across a variety of asset classes was put to the test during the 2008-2009  market meltdown. And the outcome wasn’t good. Now what?

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    Investors should think about the kinds of stocks, bonds and commodities they own, balancing risk and exposure. It is less about picking great stocks, then diversifying among and within asset classes.

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    These days successful estate planning goes well beyond a simple will.  You need to think about taxes, insurance, retirement funds--and a long list of account numbers.

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    What goes down, must come up.  A decade of tax cuts is coming to an end in 2010 and the writing is certainly on the wall.   Here's some investment strategies that will help ease the tax pain.

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    Retirement and investment accounts may have the same purpose, but you'll need to manage them very differently to get the most out of your money.

  • Looking to clean up your portfolio this spring? Historically, some stocks have performed much better than the general market. CNBC.com looked at stock performance over the past ten years and calculated the highest average gains during the spring months of March, April and May. Of all the stocks to achieve a gain of 20 percent of more, 27 percent were in the financial sector, while 21 percent were energy-oriented. During the same March-May period, the S&P saw an average gain of 5.14 percent, than

    CNBC.com looked at stock performance over the past ten years and calculated the highest average gains during the spring months of March, April and May.