Table of contents: VOL. 33, NO. 5 - May 1, 2004
America's Hottest Fund Company Focus on the long term. Avoid fads. Keep expenses low. It may not sound exciting, but it works for American Funds
The Plane Truth about Flying Cheap Low-cost airlines are dramatically improving the way we get from here to there. So what's the catch?
"How I Paid For College" It's never been harder, with a tab of $10,500 a year at a typical public school and $25,000 at a private one. Here's how six families are meeting the challenge
Is There an HSA in Your Future? It's not just federal alphabet soup--the brand-new health savings accounts, or HSAs, may trim your heath-care costs
The Deficit Debate The federal budget shortfall is at record levels and rising, and so is our national dependence on foreign capital
Journey to the Center of the Earth Well, not quite--but for a deeply satisfying vacation experience, try touring a cave
A Different World Think you made a nice return on your stock fund over the past year? Investors in foreign-stock funds did even better
The Skinny on Fund Scores Funds use all kinds of rankings and ratings to prove that they're the tops. Here's what those numbers really mean
Not a Bear. Just Bearish Money manager and economist John Hussman has been hedging his bets. Here's why
Show Me the Bargains Cheap stocks are still scarce after last year's market rally, but these top managers say they've spotted some opportunities
Tie Me Down and Make Me Rich Investing on autopilot is an awesomely powerful way to build wealth. So why is it so hard to persuade people to do it?