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Table of Contents:VOL. 36, NO. 8 - August 2007
Features
100 Great American TownsSome places have everything any family could want - economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a sense of community. See detailed stats for the top 100 - plus homes for sale and interactive maps. (more)
Our top picks have always been livable. But success makes it more challenging. By Jennifer Merritt (more)
The last doubts about 529 plans have been erased. So, college savers, what are you waiting for? Here's our guide to the best of the bunch. (more)
Do It Now: 2 key questions...8 simple steps - from Money Magazine. Plus: Are you saving enough to retire early? (more)
For 15 years, legendary fund manager Bill Miller has been a walking counterargument to index funds. But could anyone ever hope to find the next Bill Miller? He thinks so. (more)
The online-only bank has finally come of age. Ready for better service, higher rates and fewer fees? (more)
It isn't the one that has everything. It's the one with more of what you want and less of what you don't. This system can guide you to it.  (more)
With one child, plans for a house, plenty of savings and a batch of real estate investments, the Albianis had their finances figured out. Enter triplets. (more)
Start
Money HelpsWhen valuables break during shipping. (more)
Money Magazine's ethicists help a reader who has good intentions, but a horrible idea. (more)
Your credit usage may be to blame for high home and auto premiums. Here's how to put yourself in a better light.  (more)
You won't be there to tell your heirs how to handle your death. A letter of instruction will. (more)
Plan
Farewell to dog-eat-dogTrading in a corporate career for nonprofit work? You gotta be all business about the transition. (more)
Uh, no. But if you take care of a few key financial tasks now, you can go back to pretending you will. (more)
Before you leave for the beach or the hills, make peace with your work (more)
The Mole: When your planner steers you toward expensive investments, stop and ask the right questions. (more)
Home
Make room: Space saving ideasSimplify your life and boost the salability of your home. Here's the best gear for organizing stuff now and impressing buyers later. (more)
The right mortgage broker is golden - a pro who can put you in the ideal loan at the best rate. The wrong one can hang you out to dry. (more)
A wall of windows and skylights can open up a dark and gloomy living space. Here's a list of "dos" and "don'ts" for adding light from Duo Dickinson, Money Magazine contributing writer. (more)
Invest
Is anyone smart left in mutual funds?The hot managers, it seems, all run hedge funds these days. Are you a chump for buying mutual funds?  (more)
Brazil, China and other fast growers look like the path to scorching returns. Trust me, you'll get burned. (more)
A young doctor and family are off to a good start, but soon they'll have to learn to handle real money  (more)
Track the Sivy 70 - America's best stocks. (more)
Spend
Easy listening: The best earphonesA new kind of earphone allows you to enjoy music in loud places without blowing your eardrums out. Money Magazine field tested a few. Here are our top picks. (more)
Capturing a fare dealShopping for travel on the Web has become a long-drawn-out chore. Money Magazine's step-by-step strategy will get you to the good deals fast. (more)
Money Magazine archive search
Money Online
Best Places database: Stats on income, schools and more for 3,500-plus towns.  (more)
Are you saving enough? Do you have the right investments? (more)
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What's next for housing in your town
After last year's dramatic comeback, the housing market is now getting back to "normal." But what does that big picture forecast mean for the value of your home? Whether you're buying or selling or just staying put, here's what you should know in 2014.  (more)
FEATURES
To chart a course to your financial goals, it's essential to know your starting point. Take this quiz to see where you are, then follow some simple steps and strategies for getting to the next landmark. |more|
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Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer LIBOR Warning: Neither BBA Enterprises Limited, nor the BBA LIBOR Contributor Banks, nor Reuters, can be held liable for any irregularity or inaccuracy of BBA LIBOR. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer The Dow Jones IndexesSM are proprietary to and distributed by Dow Jones & Company, Inc. and have been licensed for use. All content of the Dow Jones IndexesSM © 2014 is proprietary to Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Chicago Mercantile Association. The market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved. Most stock quote data provided by BATS.