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Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 2 - February 2009
How to thrive in a bad economy
Yes, He Can. Maybe.
The new President's fi rst job will be to repair a badly broken economy. Here's how he'll take on the four biggest challenges -- and what that means for you. By Janice Revell 
Fix Your Portfolio
Now that the wreck of 2008 is over, it's time to put the pieces back together, no matter what kind of investor you are. By Penelope Wang 
The Best Funds You Can Buy
Focus on the basics with our MONEY 70 recommended portfolios. By Penelope Wang 
Reap the Most Income at the Least Risk
Though companies have been slashing dividends at a record pace, you can still harvest attractive yields. By Carolyn Bigda 
Career survival guide
Fireproof Your Job
These six smart, fi eld-tested strategies will help ensure that you don't get burned by cutbacks at the office. By Donna Rosato 
Be Prepared for the Long Haul
You've made it through this round of layoffs. Now you need to invest in yourself. By George Mannes 
The Would-Be Entrepreneur's Handbook
The last day of a recession is the best day to start a business. So tackle these 10 steps now -- and be ready to ride the rebound when it comes. By Carla Fried 
The New Rules of Car Buying
Bad news: automakers on the brink, sales slowing to a crawl and credit tighter than ever. Good news: deals of a lifetime. To snag one, learn to navigate today's uncharted market. By Amanda Gengler 
Start
Make Sure Madoff Doesn't Happen to You
The news of an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme may have you asking if your own money is safe. Here's how to rest easy. By George Mannes 
Get Your Dollar's Worth
Despite some recent weakness, the dollar is still higher against many foreign currencies than it was a year ago, putting these four destinations on the bargain list. By Ismat Sarah Mangla 
The Ethicists
How long do you foot the bill for a laid-off friend? By Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz 
Plan
Keep Your Nest Egg Safe from Uncle Sam
A big income means fewer ways to shelter your retirement money. These steps can help you keep it out of the tax man's hands. By Karen Cheney 
Talk Your Teen Through Tough Economic Times
Having a frank chat about the recession can ease kids' fears and prepare them for the future. By Jennifer Barrett 
Invest
A Couple Who Need to Find Common Ground
She's willing to be aggressive, he's not. To meet their longterm goals, the Hickses need to invest on the same page. By Yuval Rosenberg 
Home
Cut a Sweet Deal with the Bank
Short sales -- where a lender agrees to take less than it's owed on a mortgage -- are rising sharply. Learn how you can profi t. By Joe Light 
Underground Paradise
Turning an unfinished basement into an entertainment center gave a big family some much needed elbow room. By Kate Ashford 
Buy a Vintage Look for Up to 75% Less
Architectural salvage shops offer great deals on unique, high-quality furnishings -- if you know how to tell the treasures from the trash. By Josh Garskof 
Personal Tech
How to Buy... A Flat-Panel HDTV
With technologies improving and prices falling, could it be time for an upgrade? By Peter Lewis and Alex Horowitz 
Columns
THE MONEY SHRINK
Why It Can Hurt So Much to Sell
Paper losses sting, but cashing out losers can make your psychic pain even worse. By Tyler Cowen  
THE BOOM YEARS
Home Sweet Retirement Home
With prices down by a third in many markets, it may be time to shop for the house you want to end up in. By Dan Kadlec  
THE LONG VIEW
New Doubts About a Once Sure Bet
Annuities were the ultimate safe investment -- until insurers started wobbling. Can you count on one? By Walter Updegrave  
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
Last Stocks Standing
In this tough economy, the companies that grow will be those that can outduel the competition. By Pat Dorsey  
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
A Training Program to Get in Financial Shape
Bear markets like this demonstrate that you need to be emotionally "fi t" to invest for the long run. By William J. Bernstein  
THE BOTTOM LINE
Why Looking Out for "You" Is So Hard
It's not easy to picture yourself in 2030. But to plan for retirement better, you have to try. By Pat Regnier  
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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.