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Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 8 - August 2009
Features
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 markets
Why 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.  
Money 1st
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 numbers
The state of the 401(k).  
The Plan
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.  
Home
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. 
Invest
Where profits will flow
Tech, energy, and materials companies will be among the first to benefit when the economy recovers.  
Tech
Best back-to-school laptops
Find the right computer for your collegian.  
Real life
Press restart on your career
Getting back into the job market after time off is harder than ever. These strategies can help.  
Columns
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  
VALUE ADDED
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  
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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.