This is the last post of 2009 for this stock market for dummies blog and we have seen a very good year for anyone who bought stock this year. After a horrendous 2008, the market bounced back to settle in at over 10,000 once again. Will there be more good things to come next year?

As the job situation and economy is really not much better than it was a year ago, one has to wonder whether stocks have gotten ahead of themselves a bit. When and if people start to realize they are paying higher taxes, the unemployment rate is still around 10%, and the prospects for a quick turn around under Obama isn't happening, it seems the stock market may slow down and even turn back around.

Having gone up so much in 2009, it might be a good thing to become a cautious investor in 2010 just to be safe. The stock market moves on perception and if the public perception of our economy turns real negative again, the stock market will head right back down. Obama healthcare and all the other taxpayers money he has used for bailouts and pet projects cannot be making the situation any better.

The Christmas sales numbers aren't out yet but I have a feeling they will be average at best. Will be see another rash of companies declaring bankruptcy after those numbers come out like we have seen in years past? Christmas is such a big percentage of the retailer's year that a bad Christmas is enough to send many of them into bankurptcy in this economy.

The stock market gave a lot back last year of what it took the last two years but that doesn't mean the same will happen in 2010. You have to be smart with your money and not have too much of it in any one place. Those that have all their money in stocks are gambling to an extent and for them it truly is the stock market for dummies.

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