Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 5 - May 2009
The Money 100Our annual list of the best investments, strategies, products, and people in the world of money.
How the great recession is changing you Frugality and safety are in; bling and plastic are out. The economic meltdown has sparked a major shift in our financial values. And one that's likely to last. by Dan Kaldec
Survive the Worst-Case Scenario Are we headed for a Depression? Should you ever bail on your mortgage? Answers to the scariest questions posed by today's economy.
Ride the bail out wave Not since the 1930s has there been such a tsunami of government stimulus. Make sure your portfolio gets lifted by this tide. by Janice Revell with Carolyn Bigda
Three ways to keep your cool in this marketOkay, your 529 is way down, and college costs are way up. You can still send your kid to college without breaking the family bank. By Penelope Wang
The big idea Nationalize the banks, and quick!
The ethicists When a deal is a steal
the freeze starts to thaw Banks are picky, but low rates will spur a lending boom.
Where the money goes... ...When you buy that new BlackBerry Storm.
Stay covered when you're out in the cold Between jobs? Good health insurance might not cost you as much - or be as hard to come by - as it used to.
Second act A software designer reinvents himself.
Help your teen get a summer job Given the dearth of positions out there, it'll pay (literally) to be strategic.
The rate is worth the pain You could save a bundle by getting a new loan right now. These strategies will help you cut through red tape.
A Taste of Luxury, at very little cost Five smart ways to improve your home for less than $500.
Five things you need to know about ... ... Buying a foreclosed home.
What's a Value Investor to Do? With almost every stock on sale, it's harder to sort out the real deals.
The Makeover A couple who are looking to streamline their portfolio in a turbulent market.
Face time for free Make it a snap to videochat with far-flung family and friends.
Real life: Managing uncertainty Medical editor Carl Clay just found a new job. One problem: It ends in 10 months.
THE MONEY SHRINK
Talk your boss out of giving you a pink slipForget about boasting and flattery. Right now it's all about the money. By Tyler Cowen
THE LONG VIEW
Stress-test your retirementIn anxious times one way to feel more secure about your nest egg is to plan ahead. By Walter Updegrave
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
The past is a guide, but whose past? Over the very long run, U.S. stocks have ruled the world. However, markets evolve. By Paul J. Lim
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
The curious case of tech stocksThis economically sensitive sector is up in a down market. Can the good times last? By Pat Dorsey
THE BOTTOM LINE
What I learned from the crashTalking about "average returns" is dangerous. Wishful thinking is even worse. 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|