-- As long as investor confidence remains in the doldrums, the market isn't likely to stage an overall lift or sustainable rally.

-- With earnings and accounting methods under scrutiny, investors have to be more selective than ever in choosing stocks.

-- Broad strategies such as growth or value aren't working. Pros say value stocks are often overvalued, and many growth stocks have stopped growing.

-- Index investing just isn't cutting it. It has now been the longest wait for a new high for the Standard & Poor's 500-stock Index since the bull market began in '82.

-- Sector investing is shaky. There are bad companies in good sectors and vice-versa. The same goes for large caps vs. small caps.

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