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Table of Contents:VOL. 37, NO. 12 - December 2008
Special forecast issue
Year of the thaw
Why 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 2009
We 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 
Features
Wake up, Washington
The 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 cooling
As 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 guide
Spread 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 Hotline
Money answers your questions. 
Start
The $250 billion injection
Why the Treasury's emergency infusion of dollars into banks just might work. By George Mannes 
Snapshot of a mad market
Things are bad, yes - but a far cry from Great Depression levels. 
The ethicists
My son broke the neighbors' TV. Do we have to pay for a replacement? By Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz 
The big idea
With 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 
Launch
How I did it
Mattress maven Michael Rothbard woke up an old product. As told to Josh Hyatt 
Your shop
Three steps to make sure clients pay up - even now. 
Plan
Four ways to tame your fear of this market
If you're thinking of cashing out (who isn't?), don't do anything till you've read this. By Joe Light 
Right on your money
We pick the best free Web site to track your saving, spending and retirement portfolio. By Joe Light 
Kids and money
How to help your college student major in employability. by Jennifer Barrett 
The boom years
Don't act your age at work. Take up texting and twittering to stay current. By Dan Kadlec 
The mole
Why you should be buying stocks now, even if you don't feel brave. 
The long view
Regulators are coming down on retirement advisers' credentials. You should be on guard too. By Walter Updegrave 
Home
Renovations on sale
With materials costs plunging and contractors begging for work, that long-postponed remodel is looking like a smart idea. By Donna Rosato 
Before and after
One Hawaii couple replaced their roof and became energy independent at the same time. By Kate Ashford 
Value added
With these essential tools and a little elbow grease, you can save as much as 75% on home projects. By Josh Garskof 
Spend
Best of the Blu's
The latest HD movie players create a picture so real, it's as if you're there. By Peter Lewis 
Invest
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 watch
Low-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 numbers
Updates on the biggest stocks and mutual funds. 
The bottom line
What I'll tell my kids about the Great Crash. By Pat Regnier 
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