Table of Contents:VOL. 37, NO. 12 - December 2008
Special forecast issue
Year of the thawWhy the great credit freeze of 2008 won't turn into the Great Depression of 2009. Including: 25 ways to get ahead in a tough year. By the Money staff
The pros rate 2009We asked a bunch of big brains one simple question: "How optimistic are you about the economy - or the stock market - next year?" Here's what they said, and why. By Janice Revell
Wake up, WashingtonThe big banks are getting a bailout. Now it's time to focus on fair play for America's savers and borrowers. By Marlys Harris
Global coolingAs the crisis spreads, investors are learning that foreign stocks won't save them. How heavily should you bet on international? By Paul J. Lim
Can my retirement be saved?With the risk growing, you may be wondering what to do now. Our expert takes your questions. By Walter Updegrave
2008 holiday gift guideSpread seasonal cheer without going broke: 57 fantastic values, from $4 to $1,299. By Nandini D'Souza and Peter Lewis with Alex Horowitz
New: Crisis HotlineMoney answers your questions.
The $250 billion injectionWhy the Treasury's emergency infusion of dollars into banks just might work. By George Mannes
Snapshot of a mad marketThings are bad, yes - but a far cry from Great Depression levels.
The ethicistsMy son broke the neighbors' TV. Do we have to pay for a replacement? By Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz
The big ideaWith his film, "I.O.U.S.A.," David Walker wants to do for debt what Al Gore did for global warming. Interview by Marlys Harris
How I did itMattress maven Michael Rothbard woke up an old product. As told to Josh Hyatt
Your shopThree steps to make sure clients pay up - even now.
Four ways to tame your fear of this marketIf you're thinking of cashing out (who isn't?), don't do anything till you've read this. By Joe Light
Right on your moneyWe pick the best free Web site to track your saving, spending and retirement portfolio. By Joe Light
Kids and moneyHow to help your college student major in employability. by Jennifer Barrett
The boom yearsDon't act your age at work. Take up texting and twittering to stay current. By Dan Kadlec
The moleWhy you should be buying stocks now, even if you don't feel brave.
The long viewRegulators are coming down on retirement advisers' credentials. You should be on guard too. By Walter Updegrave
Renovations on saleWith materials costs plunging and contractors begging for work, that long-postponed remodel is looking like a smart idea. By Donna Rosato
Before and afterOne Hawaii couple replaced their roof and became energy independent at the same time. By Kate Ashford
Value addedWith these essential tools and a little elbow grease, you can save as much as 75% on home projects. By Josh Garskof
Best of the Blu'sThe latest HD movie players create a picture so real, it's as if you're there. By Peter Lewis
What would Warren do?Or better yet, what is the Oracle of Omaha up to in this market - and can you do the same? By Pat Dorsey
Looked at your bond funds lately?Though bonds have taken a disheartening beating, some analysts point to a buying opportunity ahead. You just have to be patient. By Carolyn Bigda
Fund watchLow-priced stocks are often a conservative bet. So why is your value fund down 40%? A look at what went wrong. By Penelope Wang
Are you the next Lehman Brothers?The errors that killed the big Wall Street banks were so elementary anyone could make them. Be sure you don't. By Larry Swedroe
Back of the book
The numbersUpdates on the biggest stocks and mutual funds.
The bottom lineWhat I'll tell my kids about the Great Crash. By Pat Regnier
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
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|