Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 6 - June 2009
11 ways to improve your financial self now Don't let this recession keep you down. Grab the opportunity to build a stronger portfolio, cut the fat from your budget, and give yourself a head-to-toe fiscal makeover.
The Trouble with Public Colleges Record applications. Soaring tuition. Tighter budgets. State U. may no longer be as great a deal or as easy a backup as it once was. You need a new strategy.
Rethink your legacy Your net worth is smaller; your worries about your kids' finances are bigger. And who knows what will happen with taxes? Time to answer five key questions about your estate plan.
Cause and effect Economist Robert H. Frank explains why a culture of excessive risk taking flourished - and what might push us all to act more prudently.
The price of faith Three devout families of different religions grapple with the financial challenges of staying true to their beliefs.
10 great last-minute summer getaways Haven't made your vacation plans yet? Lucky you. This year the best deals come to those who waited.
Three ways to know the economy is on the mend
The big idea Why we need a Fed for retirement.
The ethicists When a bigger job comes with the same salary.
By the numbers Why you pay less for pills.
Cool Tools The best mortgage shopping sites.
Discover your budget style Understanding why spending plans fail can help you find a system that works.
The Makeover How a family will pay for Dad to go back to school.
When the Kids Move Back In Offer a financial safety net that's comfortable, but not too comfortable.
Second act Giving the Peace Corps a chance.
Five things to know about ... ... The safety of your pension.
When it makes sense to rent For some, forgoing home ownership now may be one smart financial move.
The benefits of a beautiful outdoors Even today, it's worth investing in your home's exterior.
Are small-caps taking root? In tough times, big blue chips get all the love. But small-company shares often sprout at the first sign of sunlight.
Cut energy costs 30% These gadgets can help reduce the effects of summer energy- bill sticker shock.
It's time to Unspoil your kids You gave them everything. Now you wish you hadn't? Well, it's not too late to teach them the value of money.
THE MONEY SHRINK
Get Your Spouse to Stop Overspending First, realize it's all about the desire for control. By Tyler Cowen
THE LONG VIEW
Planning for a Bumpy Ride Traditional income strategies assume retirement will be smooth and steady. It never is. By Walter Updegrave
How to Haggle with a Contractor Home pros spill the secrets on negotiation strategies that work. By Josh Garskof
Topsy-Turvy Times for Funds Beware of industry turmoil. It's always you who pays in the end. By Penelope Wang
Are Stocks a Loser's Bet? Only if you try to guess which ones will be the winners. By William J. Bernstein
THE BOTTOM LINE
Stop Soaking the Not-So-Rich These tax provisions have become upper-middle-class burdens. By Janice Revell
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|