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Money; Jan2005, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p66-72, 6p, 1 Color Photograph, 3 Black and White Photographs, 1 Chart
The article offers advice on the best investments for 2005. Due to war, oil, terrorism, the major stock indexes were shaky in 2004, even as corporate earnings rose 18 percent. Still, there are reasons for optimism. Interest rates remain low, inflation is in check, and corporate profits and the economy are growing. Stock valuations today are as attractive as they have been in years. Growth stocks have not been this cheap in years. However, a weak economy might keep them cheap. Improved business practices make builders a buy. The risk would be a fast rise in interest rates. As long as Americans keep getting older, there is money in pharmaceuticals. But no one is sure how much is in the new-drug pipeline. Since it is not obvious which companies' R&D spending will pay off, the best strategy is to buy them all. Junk and foreign bonds beat going long. However, high-yield debt is more tied to economic ups and downs. High-yield or bonds are offering more than Treasuries of similar maturity. Consider an emerging-markets bond fund. The economic health of many developing nations is steadily improving. INSETS: A Bull's Take;A Gloomier View;Glass Half Full.
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