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Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 3 - March 2009
Rescue your retirement
Rescue Your Retirement
You may be down, but you're certainly not out. These five strategies will help repair the cracks in your portfolio and make sure your money lasts as long as you do. By Janice Revell  
Rescue America's Retirement
The 401(k) plan can be a powerful savings tool. But for more of us to get to enjoy a secure retirement, we need a bigger, better idea. By Penelope Wang 
Features
Chop Your Taxes Now...and Later
New rules and a new President have changed the tax game. Follow these guidelines to save on your 2008 bill -- and reap even bigger savings in the years to come. By Carolyn Bigda 
Live Like Us
Marion and Dean Snyder moved to a place with a concierge, pool, putting green, fab food?and health care for life. What you should know about an increasingly popular way to retire. By Amanda Gengler 
The Expert on Experts
Which forecasters should you trust on the direction of the economy and the markets? Ask Philip Tetlock, who knows the kind of expert worth listening to -- and what to listen for. By Eric Schurenberg 
Rock the House
A networked home audio system lets you take your entire music collection into every room of your house. And you no longer need serious money or serious geek cred to get the job done. By John Biggs 
Start
How to Tell the Deal from the Hype
With the recession wreaking havoc, sale! signs abound. But a lower price doesn't mean a great deal. Three places to find true steals. By Donna Rosato 
The Ethicists
Should my pal get a cut of my investment profits? By Jeanne Fleming and Leonard Schwarz 
Where Your Money Goes...for a Gallon of Gas
Pump prices are sensitive to supply and demand, which is why the per-gallon tab has fallen 59% since its peak in July. Here's who is getting a cut of each gallon -- and how much. By Joe Light 
Plan
Compound Your Gains, Not Losses
Market sell-offs are bad enough. By fixing these common investing mistakes, you'll make sure difficult times aren't made worse. By Walecia Konrad 
Five Things to Know About Naming Beneficiaries
Don't want your intended heirs to have to chase after their money? Better make sure they're listed on your financial accounts. By Ismat Sarah Mangla 
Home
Outer Beauty
To make your renovation dollar go far, focus on what everyone sees first, like the landscaping. By Kate Ashford 
It's a Basement, Not a Swimming Pool
Even a little water down there means big trouble. Avoid it with these low-cost ways to dry out. By Josh Garskof 
Invest
New Lessons from the Crash
Finally, stocks are cheap. So it may be time to break the rules -- just a little -- to take advantage of this opportunity. By Joe Light 
A Simple Plan That Got a Bit More Complicated
This young couple thrived by investing in target-date funds in their retirement accounts. Then came the crash. By Yuval Rosenberg 
Columns
THE MONEY SHRINK
The Right Way to Bribe Your (Young) Adult Kid
Here's the most effective way to turn dollars (yours) into action (his). By Tyler Cowen  
THE BOOM YEARS
They Paid You Well to Get Out. Now What?
Even a hefty severance package can disappear quickly if you're not careful. Make it last with these steps. By Dan Kadlec  
THE LONG VIEW
Invest Better? Sure, but Savings Are Key
The tailwind of the bull market is so your savings rate will be the engine that propels your 401(k). By Walter Updegrave  
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
Taking Aim at the Takeover Targets
In this battered market, some of the most undervalued stocks are likely to be bought out by the competition. By Pat Dorsey  
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
Why the Lost Decade Wasn't Such a Loss
Zeroing in on an arbitrary number -- in this case 10 years -- can blind you to the short- and long-term gains that stocks have provided. By Paul J. Lim  
THE BOTTOM LINE
How We're Going to Save More
won't be by renouncing all "frivolous" spending. It'll be by focusing on the big things -- and resisting the urge to beat ourselves up. By Pat Regnier  
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