How to gear up your portfolio for 2012!

2011 has been a challenging year for a lot of investors, amateurs as well as professionals. Buy and hold mutual fund type strategies have simply not worked. Trends have disappeared too and have been replaced by sideways markets that see monstrous moves — in either direction — in the blink of an eye.

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Seven Reasons to Ignore the Zynga (ZNGA) IPO Hype

Despite the ongoing debt crisis in Europe, more initial public offerings (IPOs) are expected to price this week than in any other week in the last nine months.

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Watch Out for the Dividend Yield Trap

A perfect storm for losses is setting up…

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A Reliable Buy Signal for Gold Stocks

I’ve seen this situation many times before with regard to the overall stock market. Anytime the market suffers a serious correction and stock prices tailspin lower, my phone goes nuts. People panic. They want some advice on what to do. This almost always happens within a day or two of an important market bottom.

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The Collapse Of The Euro, The Death Of The Euro And The End Of The Euro

The euro was a doomed project from the start, and now we are starting to see the endgame play out.  Today, the euro fell to an 11-month low against the U.S. dollar.  As I write this, the EUR/USD is at 1.2983.  Back in July, the EUR/USD was over 1.45.  As panic has swept the financial markets, the euro has lost more than 3 percent over the past three days.  But this is just the beginning.  When the euro drops below 1.20, analysts will talk about the collapse of the euro.

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Why the Entire Stock Market Could Soar Over 100% from Here

This is a simple concept. But nobody these days seems to get it.  Money flows where it’s treated best. Just as the cream rises to the top, money will always move toward the highest potential returns.  So where is it treated best now? Let’s take a look…

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Mega Fail: 17 Signs That The European Financial System Is Heading For An Implosion Of Historic Proportions

What happens when you attempt a cold shutdown of one of the biggest debt spirals that the world has ever seen?  Well, we are about to find out.  The politicians in Europe have decided that they are going to “take their medicine” and put strict limits on budget deficits.

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America’s New Energy Security from Tight Oil

Every president since Richard Nixon has called for energy independence. Nevertheless, U.S. reliance on imported oil long seemed to be headed in only one direction—up—and that pointed to inevitably increasing dependence on the huge resources of the Middle East.

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Thinking Long Term

There are two factors here. One is that not much has changed. We are slogging through, there has been some evolution in terms smaller issues but the bigger issues both here and in Europe are not yet resolved even if we know a couple of things now that we did not know before.

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USA Today: As Bernanke Punishes American Savers, the Search for Yield Overseas Shows Pitfalls

This is an interesting piece by John Waggoner of USA Today, especially on a personal level, as I’ve been looking at a host of yield producing products to ‘barbell’ against an equity exposure.

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