Table of Contents:VOL. 158, NO. 12 - December 22, 2008
SPECIAL REPORT: INVESTOR'S GUIDE 2009
Should you jump in now?Ignore, for a minute, the turmoil in the business world. If you have the time (say, six years) and the patience, you may want to carefully consider the markets. By Allan Sloan
The best stocks for 2009Here's the silver lining of the market meltdown: Equities are cheaper than they've been in years. We found ten prospects that should flourish. By Jon Birger, Katie Benner, Stephen Gandel, and Mina Kimes
The case for bondsSolid corporate issues are offering juicy yields. By Shawn Tully and Mina Kimes
Stock picks from the expertsThe crash has driven prices so low that even extreme value investors see some buys. By Geoff Colving
Riding the housing bustInvestors are scooping up foreclosed properties, afraid of missing the real estate chance of a lifetime. Want to join them? Follow our tips. By David Whitford
The 2009 housing outlookWhen will prices rebound? With the economy weakening, probably not next year - when only two of the top 100 U.S. markets are expected to show gains. By Scott Cendrowski
Where in the world to put your moneyInternational stocks are in even worse shape than U.S. equities - and that presents hardy investors with an opportunity to go abroad. By Bill Powell
Is your annuity safe?Despite the financial crisis, insurers are meeting their obligations. By Walter Updegrave
When bad years happen to good fundsEven the best managers lost money in 2008. But we've found five with stellar long-term records who see today's crisis as a golden opportunity. By Yuval Rosenberg
Playing the blame gameAmericans want simple answers to our economic woes. Here are four. By Geoff Colvin
The upside of downward mobilityThe American assumption that our kids will earn more than we do is colliding with harsh economic realities. But that doesn't mean the good life is gone. An exclusive book excerpt. By Matt Miller
401(k) repair kitWhether you're three months or three decades away from retirement, our targeted 401(k) checkup will help you make the right moves. By Eugenia Levenson
College fund bluesThe market has ravaged 529 plans. Here's how to get back on track. By Barbara Kiviat
Doing less with lessIt's been a great ride, and now it's over. But we can still have a lot of fun. By Stanley Bing
The Colvin InterviewWhen will the market roar back? Charles Schwab, who's had a few comebacks himself, says a lot sooner than you think.
Citadel under siegeKen Griffin's $15 billion firm was flirting with disaster this fall. In a rare interview, he explains how it survived. By Marcia Vickers and Roddy Boyd
How to get back in the gameSome tips for navigating the financial meltdown, culled from this year's investment guide.
Making sense of the madnessWill the financial panic of 2008 spill into 2009? With a scary recession looming, we asked eight of the market's sharpest thinkers to put a historically bad year in perspective and offer guidance on what's ahead.
The new federal budget contains a proposal to spend more to mint new physicians. But it doesn't go nearly far enough. |more|