Financial stocks were having a pretty good year, even before
Chase Manhattan Bank's
proposed acquisition of
gave new life to merger speculation in the sector. The
index is up 17.7% for the year, thanks also to stabilizing interest rates.
Time to add a financial fund to your portfolio? This week's
The Big Screen
will sift for the ones that consistently outperform their peers. Look for it Saturday.
Also coming Saturday in Personal Finance Focus:
- Traders take note.
Tracy Byrnes examines whether you can claim trader status on your tax return without marking your trades to market in
Mark Ingebretsen is still searching for the perfect trader's Web connection in
Tools of the Trade.
ETF Weekly Report will list the weekly and year-to-date performance of every exchange-traded fund.
We'll also have
weekly mutual funds column, the
Stock in the Spotlight
. See you Saturday.