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Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 12 - December 2009
Features
Make money in 2010
Take action to safeguard your investments, land a raise, nab the best rates, and profit from the housing recovery.  
Five ways to pump up your income now
Your bank, your boss, and your portfolio aren't doing much to boost your bottom line -- reason enough to try these alternate revenue-raisers.  
If they built the perfect bank
Imagine a financial institution that offered real service at a reasonable price. Here's what a bank you could really love might look like.  
How to give when the giving gets tough
Learn 13 creative ways to maximize your charitable impact without writing a huge check.  
Will your hometown be a boomtown again?
Harvard economist Edward Glaeser studies the forces that make some regions thrive and others die ... and what that has to do with the weather in January.  
Best gifts at the best prices
These gifts perfect gifts may look as if they cost top dollar, but you can get them without going a penny over your budget.  
Money 1st
Three holiday gifts to give yourself
 
Money poll
Do you expect to be better off in 2010? 
Five things
... You need to know about Medicare Advantage plans. 
The ethicists
When marriage means medical bills 
The frugal connoisseur
Get the best deal on a great dress shirt. 
By the numbers
Seniors get no social security increase next year. 
The Plan
Stick with your financial diet
Here's how to keep up healthier saving, spending, and investing in a recovery.  
How to win at playing catch-up
Retirement accounts still in the dumps? Jump on special rules that let boomers save more.  
Put Santa's elves on a budget
Use the holidays to educate your children on living within their means.  
Second act
A former Starbucks exec runs a business that aims to aid artisans.  
Home
Turn on the home-equity tap
As credit starts up at a trickle, getting a home-equity line can be a smart move -- as long as you make sure you're using it the right way.  
What you want for the holidays
In this real estate market, home-improvement tools have become objects of desire.  
The market
"For sale by owner" can mean a good deal.  
Invest
Are bank stocks safe?
Many have a long way to go to repair their problems.  
X-ray: Wal-Mart
Will a recovery hurt the giant retailer?  
The explainer
Why the stock market is more expensive than it looks.  
Columns
THE MONEY SHRINK
Can't We All Just Get Along?
Follow these principles to head off family clashes over the holidays. By Tyler Cowen  
THE LONG VIEW
Ready ... Set ... Convert to a Roth IRA
The income cap on IRA transfers is going away. Here's why you should take advantage of it. By Walter Updegrave  
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
Finding value in a market gone wild
Even though the S&P has shot up 60%, some good stocks have been left behind by this rally. By Pat Dorsey 
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
Weaker dollar, stronger returns
The greenback isn't what it used to be, but its continuing fall needn't ground your portfolio. By Paul J. Lim  
THE BOTTOM LINE
Your wallet and your health, 2010
Next year even people with "Cadillac" employer-provided insurance plans will feel more pain. By Pat Regnier  
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