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John Wasik

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.

“Our culture needs to do more to send signals about this emerging period, marking its existence and establishing a vision for it,” he writes.

This is also useful for those searching for a working ecology between work and life.

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

Dec 10, 2011 19:05 UTC

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Dec 10, 2011 18:59 UTC

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Dec 10, 2011 18:58 UTC

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

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Dec 10, 2011 18:54 UTC

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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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Dec 9, 2011 14:27 UTC

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Dec 9, 2011 14:22 UTC

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Dec 8, 2011 15:23 UTC

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