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Author Archives: Andrew Leckey

Small-cap effect in January not as strong in 2012

The so-called January effect, in which small-cap stocks have tended to outperform large-cap stocks at the start of each new year, is not evoking the same bold confidence that it has during more predictable market periods in the past. “Small-cap ...

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It’s time to make New Year’s financial resolutions

Now is the time to make New Year’s financial resolutions. With Europe trying to resolve its debt worries and the U.S. attempting to whittle down high unemployment, prudent moves are in order. Whatever the health of the economy, average investors face ...

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Where in the world to invest in 2011

The world is not an easy place in which to invest these days. To make any headway, investors must exhibit the patient determination of an explorer such as Marco Polo. “There are really no bright spots, but you can find ...

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Long-term investing essential to covering college costs

As students troop off to college this fall, parents with children of all ages have their heads spinning from a volatile investment year of troubling world and national events. That makes it the perfect time for them to get their ...

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Do your investments love you back?

Stocks and mutual funds are investments, not friends. They have nothing to do with a dearly departed relative who willed them to you. They harbor no warm feelings about how young you were when you purchased them or whether you once worked ...

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Bank stocks could slowly be turning the corner

Bank stocks favored by investors are few and far between these days. Despite improved earnings and more stringent safety requirements, the stocks of financial institutions have lagged behind the broader market in 2011. Weighing down their prospects are a slowly recovering ...

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ETFs not just for riverboat gamblers

One might suspect that riverboat gamblers would favor exchange-traded funds as their investment of choice. If they felt lucky about gold, for example, they’d be enjoying the 29 percent gain that the SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) ETF has provided over ...

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Energy, construction stocks looking good

While there are solid prospects for stocks of engineering and construction firms in 2011, they won’t come from efforts to rebuild a devastated Japan. The primary drivers will be high oil prices, general economic revival and U.S. government spending programs. ...

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Auto parts stocks still rolling along

Would you like a license-plate holder or floor mats to go along with that quart of oil and new battery? Not surprisingly, stores that sell auto parts and accessories represented an industry that benefited from the recession. Cost-conscious Americans have ...

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Take a closer look at restaurant stocks

The restaurant industry, hit hard by recession and high unemployment, is seeing less investor appetite for its stocks. While people must eat, they are increasingly careful about how they spend their money to do so. As in any severe shakeout, ...

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