Don’t Let Uncertainty Scare You Out of the U.S. Stock Market

Compared to its foreign counterparts, the U.S. stock market is one of the best performers this year – even though some nervous investors may find that hard to believe.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index is basically flat so far this year, but that’s a far better performance than the double-digit losses in other markets.

The French and German stock markets are down about 18% and 21%, respectively. Japan has plummeted nearly 15% in the aftermath of the crippling earthquake and tsunami, and China’s Shanghai Composite Index has plunged about 17%.

Even emerging markets, where growth is not as stunted as some major developed economies, have struggled. India’s index is down about 18%, and Brazil’s 16%.

“The U.S. is the best house in a bad neighborhood,” James Dailey, manager of the TEAM Asset Strategy Fund, told CNN. “A lot of it has to do with the policy decisions and politics around the world and that’s very discomforting.”

A major factor in weak market performance has been the Eurozone debt crisis. The lack of resolution has been rattling investor nerves for months, and will not go away in the New Year.

“The real structural problems facing Europe are going to require wholesale lifestyle changes that won’t get done in a year or two,” said Money Morning Capital Waves Strategist Shah Gilani. “European Central Bank meddling will only serve to extend the problem while they pretend things will sort themselves out.”

Another year of Europe’s problems plaguing economies has created a market environment filled with too much uncertainty for many investors to be comfortable.

“That’s led to a lot of paralysis,” said TEAM fund’s Dailey. “Investors are walking away from stocks and raising cash.”

A weak U.S. economic outlook for 2012 is also steering investors away from markets.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates U.S. growth will slow to 2% next year, down from a 3.1% estimate in May. Of course, these forecasts are contingent upon Congress finding a way to stimulate the economy and tighten fiscal policy – not an easy balance to achieve. Without such action, U.S. economic growth next year could be as slim as 0.3%, and only hit 1.3% in 2013.

What investors need to know despite this dismal forecast is that the lack of growth does not mean a lack of profit opportunities. There are still investments that will boost your portfolio – if you know where to look.

“It is a less than favorable environment for the U.S. economy, but U.S. stocks should continue to outperform. Valuations are low,” Dan Morris, manager of the Manor Growth Fund, told CNN.

The last thing investors should do is let fear keep them out of stocks. The easiest way to miss profits is to park your cash on the sidelines, especially when there are investments that flourish in an unsteady environment.

The good news is, we’ve uncovered many of these winners in our Private Briefing service.

These recommendations include a promising biotech stock that’s up more than 45% since our recommendation, a global agricultural equipment maker up more than 33%, and an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that’s up more than 22% and ready to soar as its sector faces increasing global demand in 2012.

And that’s just a few examples of the 14 best Private Briefing stocks, all up 8% or more since their recommendations, detailed in our Dec. 7 column, “Here’s What We’ve Done For You Lately…”

But we don’t just give you stock names with Private Briefing. We also teach you how to look for the best profit opportunities that appear as global economic events unfold.

That’s how Private Briefing subscribers heard about the hottest new energy trend and how to play it, the best gold-related investments to buy before the yellow metal’s price takes off, and the high-yielding safety plays that will boost your portfolio’s return.

With U.S. markets facing another uncertain year, click here to find out what the Private Briefing team of financial experts is recommending for your New Year investments.

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Your Guide to Financial Freedom

We’re in the midst of the greatest investing boom in almost 60 years. And rest assured – this boom is not about to end anytime soon. You see, the “flattening of the world” continues to spawn new markets worth trillions of dollars; new customers that measure in the billions; an insatiable global demand for basic resources that’s growing exponentially ; and a technological revolution even in the most distant markets on the planet.

And Money Morning is here to help investors profit handsomely on this seismic shift in the global economy. In fact, we believe this is where the only real fortunes will be made in the months and years to come.

The bottom line is this: With U.S. influence slipping, and the dollar declining as well, investors who think too narrowly about this transformation will face years of meager returns. But those who embrace this new global reality can make themselves very wealthy.

Consider what the World Bank and the prestigious McKinsey Global Institute recently concluded in their yearly reports on global finance; # From 2005 to 2010 alone, worldwide wealth will soar from $118 trillion to more than $200 trillion – with the newly capitalist markets of Asia and Europe accounting for the biggest share of that gain.

# Over the next 25 years, America’s share of the worldwide economic pie will slip from 28% to 24%… # Even as Asia’s share almost doubles ;which means it will account for a whopping 55% of the global economy by 2030.

Unfortunately, without guidance, few investors will be able to capitalize on this once-in-a-generation opportunity with knowledge and safety.

That’s where Money Morning comes into play;

You see, one sad fact remains true on Wall Street: If you’re not a partner in, or client of, a major investment bank – or if you don’t have a securities portfolio worth $5 million or more – you are most likely out of luck.

The big brokerage firms are making a killing on the global boom. Yet Wall Street reserves the timeliest information – and the best profit opportunities – for its partners or wealthiest clients.

And the Securities and Exchange Commission doesn’t help the everyday investor much either. The second sad fact is this: While you can buy any U.S. or Canadian stock you want, the SEC prohibits you from purchasing many of the available international stocks.

The reason: Foreign companies that haven’t registered with the SEC are off-limits to most U.S. individual investors.

And with Sarbanes-Oxley discouraging foreign firms from listing their shares on U.S. indexes, fast-growing companies from abroad have had little incentive to care!

Yet Money Morning can help change all this for investors intent upon making sizeable, steady and safe gains – and who want to capitalize on the biggest profit opportunity we’re likely to see in our lifetime.

We exist to even the playing field; to help you reclaim control of your own financial destiny. Our worldwide research staff includes former investment bankers, international financiers, emerging markets specialists and veteran financial journalists.

Our experts know that certain capital flows essentially act as a “leading indicator” of future profit opportunities. These are opportunities that you won’t be reading or hearing about anywhere else. Each weekday morning, in a readable style you can digest in just a few minutes, you will reap the benefits of our research and expert experiences. Indeed, Money Morning will bring you:

# The latest reports on China, Japan, Emerging Europe, and the other global hot spots where most investor wealth will be created in the months and years to come… # Reports on companies you’ve likely never heard of – even though they’re poised to sell billions worth of their wares to “new middle class” customers around the world… # Information on the U.S. companies shrewd enough to cash in on this boom in global;

# The latest developments in banking, interest rates, foreign investment and other global investing topics; # Advice on how to invest in currencies, precious metals, commodities and energy

# Inside news on the hottest investments, including water, uranium and private equity… # And news on rules and regulations, financial trends and strategies – and any other “market intelligence” that you will need to become a shrewd-and-successful investor in the greatest global investing boom most of us will ever see.

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Here’s to securing your financial freedom in the new global economy.

Good Investing,

Mike Ward

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