5 Ways to Beat This Market

These experts cut through the noise with their approaches to picking stocks today.

These are dark times for investors. Without rehashing the events of the past year, suffice it to say that every so-called "safe" investment has proved to be anything but, leaving investors with nowhere to hide. With stock and bonds, you likely face further drops. But if you move into cash, you face the pain of locking in losses and missing out on any rallies.

To make matters worse, investors' guiding light in normal times, the price-earnings ratio, is today about as illuminating as a firefly in a blizzard. "The traditional valuation metrics that you apply to individual stocks aren't going to work in this market," says economist Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research.

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Elizabeth Leary
Contributing Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Elizabeth Leary (née Ody) first joined Kiplinger in 2006 as a reporter, and has held various positions on staff and as a contributor in the years since. Her writing has also appeared in Barron's, BloombergBusinessweek, The Washington Post and other outlets.