WORTH THE RISK? WE DO THE MATH.
(MONEY Magazine) – Plotting out the month ahead in the strictest financial terms
HIGH REWARD/HIGH RISK
BUYING FOREIGN MUTUAL FUNDS
Upside: The right ones (page 57) can reduce risk in your portfolio. Downside: The most commonly chosen ones don't.
LOW REWARD/HIGH RISK
PLAYING THE JANUARY EFFECT
Upside: Seasonal Wall Street rally. Downside: You'll give back all the profits--and more--in trading costs. See page 64.
LOW RISK/LOW REWARD
SETTING YOUR HEAT BACK TO 68°
Upside: Save 3% on fuel costs. Downside: Can't feel your fingertips.
HIGH REWARD/LOW RISK
BUYING A FLAT-PANEL TV
Upside: Lowest prices yet. See page 104. Downside: Little to none. Prices could fall again, but not nearly as much as they have.