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%, andBrazil’s 16%.

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

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5 Free Ways to De-Stress

I’ve started to notice something about my spending habits, and maybe you can relate. When I’m sad, stressed, or emotional, I often justify expenses by telling myself “I deserve it.”

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Why Emerging Market ETFs Belong on Your Watchlist

The year is almost over, and the world’s supposedly “advanced” economies are still falling into chaos. Whether it’s Europe, the U.S., or Japan, the outlook for 2012 looks dismal.

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Get a Piece of the Next Nuclear Energy Boom

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.”
– Charles Franklin Kettering

There’s a lot of pessimism out there amongst investors as they worry about growth…  But the fears about a no-growth economy are overdone and the financial media is only covering the problems.

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CFTC Issues A Clear Statement: MF Global Customers Have Priority In This Bankruptcy

Jill Sommers, the CFTC Commissioner who is leading the investigation into the MF Global bankruptcy gave some important testimony to the House today that has been overshadowed by the expected appearance of Jon Corzine.

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U.S. muni-bond market is 28% larger than reported in June

The U.S. municipal-bond market is 28 percent larger than reported in June, according to a quarterly Federal Reserve release, which used new data showing individuals own more state and local-government debt.

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Transaction Tax Gaining Steam

Imagine if every time you bought stocks or bonds you were hit with a small tax. How small? 0.0003 cents for every dollar. So if you made a $10,000 transaction, you would be charged $3. Under this circumstance, I doubt you would even notice the fee.

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Shocking Charts And Statistics That Prove That America Is No Longer A Wealthy Nation

How do you decide whether you are wealthy or not?  Do you determine that by how much money you spend at the stores?  Of course not.  You can tell if you are wealthy or not by comparing your assets to your liabilities.

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Temporary Declines Do Not Change the Bullish Outlook for Gold and Silver

It may take some time for people to figure this out, but the problem in Europe is not liquidity. The problem in Europe is sovereign debt. If we are over our heads with debt because we have spent more than we make, giving us a line of credit will not get us out of the hole.

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Income Inequality: Babe Ruth vs. Alex Rodriguez

In 1927 when Babe Ruth hit 60 home runs and set the single-season record that lasted until 1961, he made $70,000 playing for the New York Yankees.  That would be equivalent to a salary in today’s dollars of only $911,000.

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