NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Improving market conditions appear to have been embraced by the public as once-fearful investors leave behind the shelters they constructed in 2011 and survey the land for upside potential. The "risk-on" mentality is evidenced by the fact that, as we embark into the final week of January 2012, last year's losers have become winners and vice versa.The shift in preference is encouraging, but it is important to avoid letting confidence transform into complacency. The market may be ratcheting higher on a day-to-day basis. Looking ahead, though, many of the same challenges we have faced in previous months remain unresolved: Europe is in the midst of a crippling debt crisis, China's government is working diligently to buoy growth, and around the globe geopolitical tensions continue to threaten the resilience of this rally.
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