Smart Ways to Invest Your Money This Year

Following a red-hot run for the equities market, folks are looking for smart ways to invest this year. Stocks, bonds and CDs all have something to offer.

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With the S&P 500 index of the largest U.S. stocks rising about 26% on a total return basis (price change plus dividends) in 2023, many folks are looking for smart ways to invest in 2024. 

But as the old saying goes, past performance is no guarantee of future returns. It's important to take stock of the current economic environment as well as your personal risk tolerance before plowing your hard-earned cash into what's popular.

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Jeff Reeves
Contributing Writer,

Jeff Reeves writes about equity markets and exchange-traded funds for Kiplinger. A veteran journalist with extensive capital markets experience, Jeff has written about Wall Street and investing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous respected finance outlets, including CNBC, the Fox Business Network, the Wall Street Journal digital network, USA Today and CNN Money.