Table of contents: VOL. 34, NO. 3 - March 1, 2005
COVER STORY
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Features
The headlines are full of big-time companies rocked by scandal or missteps. Which ones look ready for a comeback? (more)
If you think shopping for the perfect car is no fun, you haven't been doing it right (more)
Forget the price in the window. Find out what you should pay for that new car and what it'll cost you down the road. Start here (more)
Do your research, but trust your gut too (more)
Here they are: 15 cars, trucks and SUVs that set the standard for value this year (more)
In a cookie-cutter car market, gorgeous shapes and cool interiors are worth their weight in resale value (more)
Marketers want to hook your children on shopping. Don't let them (more)
Maketers know how to get inside your head. Result: You whip out the plastic.But once you're wise to the ways they push your buttons, you can take back control of your inner spender—and your wallet (more)
Tips for parents—plus why you might be paying the rich guy's tax (more)
The sales tax deduction, a low rate for cap gains, higher IRA limits and more (more)
From top books, sites and software to picking a pro (more)
Briefing

Big airlines make like discounters. How you can cash in (more)
Realtor and CEO Van Davis used to say a 6% commission on a home sale was fair. Now he says never pay more than 3% (more)
Economists are stumped by the charitable urge, which they call irrational. So? Be irrational! Just don't be dumb (more)
The President is determined to limit who you can sue and for how much. The goal is fewer loony lawsuits. But are the facts getting whiplashed? (more)
Pump-and-dumpers want you to believe that you've lucked into a sure thing (more)
Invest
Cheaper prices, better service. Consumers are profiting from a new era in telecom competition. Investors can too (more)
Two forecasters tackle the stock market's big question (more)
The Geisses set their investing strategy when they were in their twenties. Nearly a decade later, their portfolio has gotten too risky (more)

You're buying tickets on travel sites. Should you be investing in them too? (more)
Jack Hurst isn't famous, and he doesn't run a billion-dollar fund. But he may be the most amazing MONEY manager I've ever met (more)
Money Talk
House exchangers say they'd never go back to vacationing in hotels. An expanding circle of sites make a swap easy to try (more)
Plan
You may think you know what the bad guys are up to, and that they'd never con you, but are you sure? Test your fraud savvy with this quiz (more)
Think you should never stoop to self-promotion? Think again, says author Ronna Lichtenberg, who sees pitching yourself as the key to success (more)
Charges for paying your credit-card bill past the due date have nearly tripled over the past decade. Here are five ways to beat back those fees (more)
When her husband died without warning at age 58, JoAnn Russe quickly discovered how little she knew about her family's finances. She learned fast (more)
Some financial advisers are only "into" millionaires. But there are lots of ways to find one who won't make you sit by the phone (more)
A new strategy to tap extra cash in retirement is appealing—but may be risky (more)
Self-employed? A solo version of the plan lets you save more than any other option does (more)
Spend
Scotland, Paris, Tuscany...on the same trip. Thanks to a boom in discount airlines, Europe suddenly feels a whole lot smaller (more)
You, maybe. Cell-phone carriers are wooing one another's customers with better rates and broader coverage—which is why now is a prime time to consider a switch (more)
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