2011 was a difficult year for countless retail investors, money managers, hedge funds and just about everyone trading in the global markets. The S&P 500 Index returned a paltry 2.1% (counting dividends) and market volatility and economic uncertainty drove investors into U.S. Treasuries despite record low yields.
The new trading year does not mean last year's problems have been excised from investors' minds, and for some strategists, like Charles Schwab's Liz Ann Sonders, 2012 presents a lot more opportunities for investors. She tells The Daily Ticker's Daniel Gross that the "rampant volatility" that marked 2011 was "unique" and predicts the wild swings that shook the S&P and Dow in 2011 will ease this year, giving spooked investors more confidence to place their cash in equities, specifically cyclically-sensitive sectors. Dividend plays may continue to provide comfort and peace of mind to some investors, but as the U.S. economyRead More »from Schwab’s Sonders: Investors Should Be Optimistic About 2012