Investor Winterizing 2011

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    Given the debt and growth problems plaguing the U.S. and eurozone, and the resulting tumult across world stock markets, it might be a good time to look at these asset classes, say analysts.

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    As yield becomes ever-harder to capture, where will you move your investment capital?

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    The volatility of recent months may be enough to send the average investor to the sidelines, but pros are quick to remind that it's the ups and downs, not the flat lines, that make money.

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    Money managers say take tax losses in cyclical sectors that suffer the most in a bear market and invest the proceeds in more defensive sectors, such as health care and consumer staples.

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    With inflation still looming as an economic wild card, investors are taking a closer look at asset classes that traditionally outperform as consumer prices rise.

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    September has almost always been a bad month for stocks, and the past one amply illustrates that. October, however, is often the beginning of of a multi-month upswing for equities. This fall, however, there's little in the way of fundamentals to suggest historical trends will play out.

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    A portfolio of multinational companies yields income, even when the stock market declines.

  • Investor Winterizing - A CNBC Special Report

    Once a sure-bet, investors are beginning to doubt how long emerging market plays can generate steady returns.

  • For most investors, August and September in 2011 were the most miserable – and memorable — months in nearly three years. The stock market’s volatile swings stunned investors, sending many into Treasurys. The market has not seen consistent volatility this extreme since the financial crisis in 2008. Even more interesting, the majority of the most volatile days of the year occurred in these two months — right down to the last day of September, when the S&P 500 fell 2.5 percent and a key volatility

    See the eleven most momentous market days — based on percentage price change, trading volume and VIX level — and the events that made these days so extreme.

  • 2010 was an interesting year for investors, and for the most part, the big money was made in some of the more non-traditional places. The following slides reveal the best investments in each category, from stocks and commodities to currencies and companies with the best cash flows. If you made some of these investments, you were on the right track. If not, lessons learned in 2010 could prove profitable in the year ahead. All numbers are as of market open on December 30th. So, what were the best

    2010 was an interesting year for investors, and for the most part, the big money was made in some of the more non-traditional places. So, what were the best investments of the year?

  • It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, took a look at

    With data from Thomson Reuters, took a look at which stocks in the S&P 500 have average consensus estimates farthest above their stock prices.