Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 12 - December 2009
Make money in 2010Take 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 pricesThese gifts perfect gifts may look as if they cost top dollar, but you can get them without going a penny over your budget.
Three holiday gifts to give yourself
Money pollDo 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 numbersSeniors get no social security increase next year.
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 actA former Starbucks exec runs a business that aims to aid artisans.
Turn on the home-equity tapAs 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 holidaysIn this real estate market, home-improvement tools have become objects of desire.
The market"For sale by owner" can mean a good deal.
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.
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
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|