July 7th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

Smart investments for a low-return environment

Like Congress, Wall Street has a history of not acting until it's too late. You may not have that luxury. Just remember what happened in 2008 when you looked up and half your 401(k) was wiped out in a matter of weeks.

The American consumer is feeling the fear and when consumers stop spending, businesses stop hiring.
Add to that a slowdown in emerging economic giants like China and India, and even the biggest global companies like McDonalds and Nike start taking it on the chin.

Consumer cyclical stocks are the first to react to the shifting economic winds, and that's where Zephyr Management's managing director Jim Awad says you should put your money if you think the economy will improve.

Filed under: Your Money
July 7th, 2012
10:10 AM ET

This weekend on Your Money

Ali has warned of an economic storm that is nearing our shores, and this weekend he shows you just how that is manifesting itself in our economy and how cheap credit may have fanned the flames. Access to credit allowed people to out-spend their means, propping up a housing bubble and making Americans feel wealthier than they actually were.

With interest rates now at record lows, the problem persists and is starting to drag down our tepid growth.  Ali interviews former Chief economist for the IMF Raghuram Rajan about what this will mean for the future of the U.S. economy and Americans who have lost touch with the American Dream.

Also: how to protect yourself in a financial storm. Money manager Jim Awad and Ali discuss which stocks or investment securities hold up better in times of economic distress.

Your Money with Ali Velshi airs Saturday at 1pm ET and Sunday at 3pm ET on CNN

Filed under: Ahead on Your Money