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Congress averted a government shutdown in a rare moment of bipartisan action. But US politics will continue to exert an outsized influence on markets in 2012. Here’s how to protect yourself from uncertainty in Washington. Read More

Rule, Brittania! The UK’s refusal to adopt the euro has proven wise. Meanwhile, Greece and Italy lurch toward adopting measures that will calm markets and begin the gradual process of sovereign-debt reduction. Read More

The European sovereign-debt crisis is far from over, but the Continent is lurching toward a solution. Meanwhile, don’t buy into the negativity over today’s US jobs data, the underlying statistics paint a brighter picture. Read More

Although large investment banks have profited enormously from commodities trading over the years, community banks in areas with strong ties to the oil and gas industries usually benefit from robust local economies. Read More