Opinion

John Wasik

Rich People DON’T Create Jobs: 6 Myths That Have to Be Killed for Our Economy to Live http://t.co/FBlVyAQW

Dec 15, 2011 02:29 UTC

Rich People DON’T Create Jobs: 6 Myths That Have to Be Killed for Our Economy to Live http://t.co/FBlVyAQW

The Protester: Person of the Year http://t.co/4vlCV3z4 via @TIMEPolitics

Dec 14, 2011 14:43 UTC

The Protester: Person of the Year http://t.co/4vlCV3z4 via @TIMEPolitics

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Dec 12, 2011 17:11 UTC

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Five best money books of 2011

Dec 12, 2011 16:02 UTC

By John Wasik

(Reuters) – I can’t say it’s been a great year for investing books. It’s been hard enough to keep up with the gyrating stock market and European crisis. Fortunately, there are a handful of books that manage to tell good stories or give you timeless advice. Here are my picks:

1. “Get Your Act Together. The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife” by Marc Freedman

If you’re hitting the sweet spot between middle age and retirement, you need to read this book. Freedman is a master at defining what could be done to make your life meaningful while living the best part of your life.

Inside the Climate Change Denial Industry: Naomi Klein http://t.co/HD9cyIsf

Dec 10, 2011 19:05 UTC

Inside the Climate Change Denial Industry: Naomi Klein http://t.co/HD9cyIsf

NAACP Warns Black and Hispanic Americans Could Lose Right to Vote http://t.co/2vHafetj via @AddThis

Dec 10, 2011 18:59 UTC

NAACP Warns Black and Hispanic Americans Could Lose Right to Vote http://t.co/2vHafetj via @AddThis

US College Student Shames US Climate Delegation in Durban: http://t.co/gmRV6LaQ via @AddThis

Dec 10, 2011 18:58 UTC

US College Student Shames US Climate Delegation in Durban: http://t.co/gmRV6LaQ via @AddThis

Sanders Files ‘Saving American Democracy Amendment’ to fight Citizens United http://t.co/tG5bpVJS via @AddThis

Dec 10, 2011 18:54 UTC

Sanders Files ‘Saving American Democracy Amendment’ to fight Citizens United http://t.co/tG5bpVJS via @AddThis

Moving ahead to 2012: http://t.co/KAknMeS1

Dec 9, 2011 21:06 UTC

Moving ahead to 2012: http://t.co/KAknMeS1

Four investing mistakes to avoid in 2012

Dec 9, 2011 18:03 UTC

By John Wasik

(Reuters) – The ongoing turmoil in world markets has made for a herky-jerky ride this year. What did you learn?

While most professional money managers expect stomach-churning volatility to continue, there’s no reason why you can’t still position your portfolio for safety, income or growth. Here are some mistakes to avoid:

1. Staying Out of the Market.

Sure, the market this year was crazier than selling snowballs to Inuits. But by staying out – and pretending you knew when to come back in – you missed plenty of profit opportunities. The Select Sector Utilities SPDR ETF , for example, offers a nearly 4 percent yield and has returned about 16 percent year to date through December 7.

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