Table of Contents:VOL. 39, NO. 2 - March 2010
The 20 best money Web sitesFew sites are smart or trustworthy enough to help you make better money decisions. The best of that breed are right here.
12 ways to cut your taxesThe bright side to the grim economy of 2009: There's something for everyone in this year's tax code.
Finding value in a pricey marketAfter a year when almost every investment went from junk to gem, it's harder to pick out the real bargains -- unless you know where to look.
Working without a netJanie and Chris Peterson love the freedom of being their own boss. But it comes with a high price.
Make the best of a bad 401(k)In the long run, lousy plans are more likely to upset your retirement than bad markets. Here's how to overcome shortcomings in your account.
How well is the SEC protecting you? Last year new chief Mary Schapiro vowed to reform the agency. Are you really any safer?
Three ways to spring ahead
Money pollHow will you do on April 15?
The big ideaDon't run out of money after retirement.
Mortgage shopping gets easier ...Thanks to new regs from the feds.
The ethicistsShould I let my kid take his college savings in cash?
The frugal connoisseurSave on a classic watch.
Spring yourself from credit card trapsIt may be time to flee to a smaller, friendlier bank.
How to get your kids to fund a nest eggConvince them that retirement saving is the best use for their bucks.
Get a leg up on your job searchWork with a headhunter for better access to plum positions.
Is genetic testing worth the price?Home kits that analyze your DNA can be costly.
Five things ...To know about permanent life insurance.
Are the deals melting away?Rates are rising, and a big tax credit is about to expire. But it will still pay to keep a cool head as you hunt.
Cashing in on the condo bust Great bargains abound, but you have to shop carefully.
Why diversification will work againDon't let the recent past color your thinking. As the economic picture brightens, asset returns won't all look the same.
The money makeoverA too-aggressive strategy could threaten the Vieuxes' goal of saving for a home.
The explainerBe warned: Stocks could still take years to return to their prior peaks.
Fund x-ray: Vanguard WellingtonAn old -- and old-fashioned -- stockand- bond fund has had equity-like returns without equity-like risk.
THE MONEY SHRINK
Stop squandering my inheritance!What to do if your parents are spending like a Trump.By Tyler Cowen
THE LONG VIEW
Two helpful ideas from Uncle SamNew 401(k) proposals could help you plan better for retirement income. By Walter Updegrave
The three-figure kitchen makeoverQuickly resolve shortcomings with these simple, low-cost products. By Josh Garskof
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
The price you pay for frothy assetsThe past decade shows how risky it is to pay a premium for investments. By Pat Dorsey
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
Time to buy a slice of Buffett?It's easier to invest in Berkshire Hathaway now, but that doesn't mean you should. By Joe Light
THE BOTTOM LINE
Beware the data dazzlePerformance numbers aren't a good guide to future returns. So why keep looking at them? By Pat Regnier
After last year's dramatic comeback, the housing market is now getting back to "normal." But what does that big picture forecast mean for the value of your home? Whether you're buying or selling or just staying put, here's what you should know in 2014. (more
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|