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Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 9 - September 2009
Features
Five lessons from the crash
One year ago, a perfect storm on Wall Street nearly destroyed your portfolio and our financial system. Now it's time to take stock.  
Cut your spending by $500 a month
In today's tight economy, who doesn't want to free up some cash? Trim the fat but not the fun from your budget - here's how.  
Plug your money leaks
You don't need to spend big bucks to tackle sorely needed home-improvement projects. Consider these smart shortterm fixes.  
When your broker goes bad
Everyone has lost money in this market, but what if your financial adviser wasn't playing fair? Getting your money back won't be easy, but your odds may be improving.  
Is the economy ruining your marriage?
When money is tight, relationships often suffer. Take our quiz to see how your union is holding up - and what you can do to make it and your finances stronger.  
Money 1st
Three inflating bubbles to avoid
Don't let banks hike your fees and ax rewards.  
Washington watch
The battle for a consumer financial protection agency heats up  
Where your money goes...
...for the Wii Fit game 
The ethicists
When advice is one-sided 
By the numbers
The job market stays soft 
The Plan
How to talk money with mom and dad
The market's plunge has damaged your parents' nest egg. Find out how that will affect your own plans.  
The makeover
Chronic medical conditions may put a crimp in this couple's early retirement.  
Second act
A former attorney brings a new zit zapper to the market 
Five things to know about...
529 college savings plans 
Home
You can fight the assessor
Overcharged? Appeal your property tax bill the right way.  
Is a reverse mortgage right for you?
Sure, it's an easy source of extra income. But there are risks.  
Invest
What's next? Ask the bond market
Want to know how the economy is really doing? Look for clues in fixed income.  
X-Ray: Fidelity Contrafund
A close look at a conservative growth fund that beats its aggressive peers.  
Real life
Win at the credit scoring game
To get the best deal on a loan, you need some new strategies to push your score up?and keep it there. 
Tech
Make the most of your summer photos
The smartest ways to share photos for less.  
Columns
THE MONEY SHRINK
Find a cheap (and tasty) restaurant
Get out of your food comfort zone to find a new eatery. By Tyler Cowen  
THE BOOM YEARS
Protecting your big kid?and you
Nearly adult children present a new set of challenges. By Dan Kadlec  
VALUE ADDED
Extreme green goes mainstream
New tax credits mean saving energy may finally pay off. By Josh Garskof  
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
The strong case for strong stocks
As the rally matures, investors will shift to rock-solid companies. By Pat Dorsey  
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
A pot of gold you needn't chase
"Absolute return" funds are supposed to make money in any market. If only it were that simple. By Paul J. Lim 
THE BOTTOM LINE
Oh, to be young again (for real)
Why you feel as if you're reliving your twenties. Minus the fun. By Pat Regnier 
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