Between a pandemic, a recession, and a contentious presidential campaign, 2020 has thrown investors for a loop—and the year ahead could be just as eventful. In this week's issue:
In an exclusive Barron’s survey of U.S. money managers, respondents say they’re bullish on the prospects for stocks after a year of turmoil. Here’s how they’re planning to put money to work
It's time for investors to take a fresh look at eBay. Here's why…
Preferred stocks' payouts are dropping—but investors can still find yields of 4% to 8%. Here's where to look…

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