Table of contents: VOL. 36, NO. 1 - January 1, 2007
COVER STORY
You've got big goals, and you're working hard to reach them. Yet there's that little voice inside your head that wonders... (more)

Features
Donna Rosato lets novices in on what the pros already know -- flying in style is easier than you think. (more)
In the first of our series of chats with the great money minds of the past 35 years, Charles Schwab reveals the smartest way to invest and what really successful people do better than the rest of us (more)
A suicide bomber nearly killed filmmaker Jack Baxter. His body is healing now, but his obsession with his film of the event is blocking his financial recovery. (more)
feature
Here's what to watch out for in travel, banking, credit cards, real estate, investments and more. (more)
home
Turning the basement into a family room proved a profitable move for this Minneapolis couple (more)
The eco-friendly house (and renovation) has gone mainstream. But is it really worth the cost? (more)
how we did it
We invested big in our kids' passion for an unusual sport--and it paid off in more ways than we ever imagined (more)
invest
OUR LIST OF RECOMMENDED MUTUAL FUNDS AND ETFs (more)
International mutual funds can do a lot for you, but it's easy to head off in the wrong direction. Hint: Look beyond the biggest stocks in the biggest markets. (more)
Anne and Joe Raspanti fell in love late in life. Now they want to stop working as early as possible. (more)
Depressed by the weak real estate market, Lowe's and especially Home Depot look like long-term bargains (more)
BLUE-CHIP GROWTH STOCKS FOR THE LONG RUN (more)
Small stocks do indeed heat up in the year's first month, but you can't actually profit from it (more)
plan
College applications may be out the door, but your work isn't done. Financial aid season starts Jan. 1. (more)
Being the new player on the team is tough, but you can make an easier entrance with these four steps (more)
Why is it that no matter how much you earn, you can't make ends meet? The answer is often right before your eyes. (more)
New rules to thwart ID thieves are in place. Hint: Don't try wiring cash to Nigeria. (more)
Help make your adult kids millionaires by the time they retire by encouraging them to save now (more)
spend
Whether you're a chef or a dabbler, the right cookware set can keep things from boiling over (more)
Prices continue to shrink, screen sizes continue to grow--yes, it's finally time to buy a flat-panel TV. But you'd better read this first. (more)
start
What to do with that extra boost in your paycheck. (more)

WORTH THE RISK? WE DO THE MATH. (more)
Holding Doctors Responsible Hillarie Levy Simi Valley, Calif. (more)


This time, keep those money-related resolutions past Groundhog Day (more)

Jacob Hacker says we face too much financial uncertainty today. He'd like to fix that. (more)
Would you move home, or allow your adult child to, after college? (more)
Two of three grads return home today. Skip the you-got-it-good jokes and get set for a new stage of parenting. (more)
the numbers
Stock Funds Deliver Big Gains--Again (more)
Energy Stocks Stay on Top; Cisco Sizzles (more)
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