Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 8 - August 2009
How Obama wants to transform your finances Wall Street took on too much risk. Consumers were overwhelmed by too much complexity. Can the President restore some balance?
100 best places to live in America These towns have strong local economies -- plus great schools, affordable homes, low crime, and more.
Make fear and greed work for you The market constantly swings between these two emotions. You can either get caught in the frenzy or profit from it.
Sweetening the dividend deal After a decade of losses, investors are fed up with promises of stock gains. So companies are going to have to start showing you the money.
The case for free marketsWhy we may not really want re-regulation.
Protect your plastic Don't let banks hike your fees and ax rewards.
Five great deals on U.S. wheels When you hear "Detroit," you may think bust and bailout. But look past the headlines and you'll find nice prices on sharp cars.
Three ways to beat rising rates
The big idea More transparency will help rein in the cost of higher education.
The ethicists When siblings have to split their parents' bills.
By the numbersThe state of the 401(k).
Is job loss protection worth it? Marketers are offering pinkslip assurance programs. But the deals aren't a cure-all.
The makeover A pay cut has made this family's big mortgage less affordable.
Second act A retired executive opens a day-care center.
Nab a deal on a place to retire Some desirable retirement locales have seen price drops of up to 50%. But is buying now the right move?
Five things you need to know about ... Getting a fair appraisal.
Where profits will flow Tech, energy, and materials companies will be among the first to benefit when the economy recovers.
Best back-to-school laptops Find the right computer for your collegian.
Press restart on your career Getting back into the job market after time off is harder than ever. These strategies can help.
THE MONEY SHRINK
Squeeze more hours out of your workday Behavioral insights can give your productivity a boost. By Tyler Cowen
THE LONG VIEW
Why I still like target-date funds The changes the feds are considering won't make things better. By Walter Updegrave
Cure the summer Landscape Blues These inexpensive tricks will keep your yard looking good. By Josh Garskof
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
Reform-resilient, and cheap too Fears over regulatory changes are masking opportunities in health care. By Pat Dorsey
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
Fast economies, elusive returns A country's growth and its stock returns aren't always in sync. By William J. Bernstein
THE BOTTOM LINE
The case for a nonpartisan portfolio Ignore your political leanings when it comes to investing. By Pat Regnier
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|