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For stock investors, 2020 is already looking like a happy new year. The U.S. stock market has racked up strong gains this year, and typically after a winning year, stock prices continue to climb over the following year. Plus, 2020 is a presidential election year, which also tends to favor stocks when a sitting president runs for re-election.

Read about the prospects for U.S. financial markets in 2020, plus check out stories on stocks to buy, investing strategies to consider, and other helpful reports to keep you connected with your money and your portfolio.

Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year.

— Jonathan Burton

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What was the top stock of 2019? And should it be in your retirement account?

The best stock in the S&P 1500 has a year-to-date gain of more than 450%
What was the top stock of 2019? And should it be in your retirement account?

What if ‘Santa fails to call’ on Wall Street this year?

The significance of the Christmas-to-New-Year’s period on the stock market is misunderstood, says Mark Hulbert.
What if ‘Santa fails to call’ on Wall Street this year?

Here’s how the Dow and S&P 500 perform in years after they ring up gains of 20%

The S&P 500 benchmark tends to log an annual return of 11.2% after a year in which it climbs at least 20%
Here’s how the Dow and S&P 500 perform in years after they ring up gains of 20%

Why higher stock prices, a strong economy and Trump’s re-election are likely in 2020

Expect the president to ride an economic tailwind to victory, with the S&P topping 3400 by Election Day, writes Ivan Martchev.
Why higher stock prices, a strong economy and Trump’s re-election are likely in 2020

Top stock picks for 2020: The best of the biggest

Most of these stocks have underperformed the S&P 500 Index in 2019.
Top stock picks for 2020: The best of the biggest

SPY versus SPY? The world’s biggest ETF clones itself

State Street Global Advisors created the first-ever exchange-traded fund more than 25 years ago. This year, they may be pioneering another phase in the evolution of ETFs.
SPY versus SPY? The world’s biggest ETF clones itself

Putting all your money into stocks like a CNBC anchor advocates is a bad idea

Despite low bond yields, it still makes sense to split your portfolio between stocks and bonds, says Mark Hulbert.
Putting all your money into stocks like a CNBC anchor advocates is a bad idea

A hedge-fund strategy inside an ETF: Good idea? Bad idea?

Risk parity involves choosing asset classes and including them in a portfolio in a manner that equalizes the riskiness of each.
A hedge-fund strategy inside an ETF: Good idea? Bad idea?

401(k)s are the ‘pot of gold’ ETFs haven’t yet cracked — but that could change in the next decade

Exchange-traded funds will likely become more personal but also more popular, dwarfing the amount of assets held by mutual funds.
401(k)s are the ‘pot of gold’ ETFs haven’t yet cracked — but that could change in the next decade

‘Watch gold in 2020,’ says one of Wall Street’s most influential stock-market investors

Blackstone’s Byron Wien says gold ‘has a chance to be an interesting investment.’
‘Watch gold in 2020,’ says one of Wall Street’s most influential stock-market investors

The Secure Act changes the way people will inherit money — are you affected by the new rules?

The new legislation eliminated the ‘stretch IRA’ provision, but not everyone is impacted.
The Secure Act changes the way people will inherit money — are you affected by the new rules?

Wells Fargo: Bank on banks in 2020

Chris Harvey, head of equity strategy for Wells Fargo Securities, explains why his firm is bullish on financials, among other sectors, heading into 2020.
Wells Fargo: Bank on banks in 2020

Wells Fargo’s bullish case for stocks in 2020

Chris Harvey, head of equity strategy for Wells Fargo Securities, lays out his firm’s bull thesis for 2020, but also weighs potential headwinds for markets.
Wells Fargo’s bullish case for stocks in 2020

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2019-12-28