Table of Contents:VOL. 39, NO. 6 - July 2010
The six best investing ideas you've never heard of They can help you reassess your assumptions -- and extract valuable lessons. By David Futrelle, Barbara Kiviat, Paul J. Llim, George Mannes, and Penelope Wang
Ask the expertsWhat's the best way to achieve your retirement dreams? When will housing recover? Leading financial experts tackle your questions. By Carolyn bBgda, George Mannes, and Walter Updegrave
The man who made economics freakyBestselling author and economist Steven Levitt discusses Wall Street, health care, and why people are so darn stingy. Interview by David Futrelle
When fees attack, fight back!Stand up to the pesky charges -- from checkedbag costs to retirement plan expenses -- that bug you the most. By iImat Sarah Mangla
Readers to the rescueHow much do you really owe your kids? When is the best time to ask for a raise? Get tips from your peers -- and experts on how to solve your thorniest money issues. Compiled by Amanda Gengler
Tough challenges, smart solutions Three readers' families tackle their financial dilemmas with these makeovers. What they learn can help you too. By Paul Keegan and Karen Cheney
Three ways ...To nab the best deal on a new car.
The big ideaThe middle class is doing better than you may think..
Washington watchWhat the final financial reform law will look like.
Cheap flicksGrab one of these great-value digital camcorders.
TravelGet the most out of a cheaper euro.
Get more air out of your milesMore crowded flights means having to be strategic when landing a frequentflier award seat.
Second act A former sales manager becomes owner of a garden store and nursery.
Teach your teen paycheck savvyHelp keep those summer earnings from melting away too quickly.
Time to buy a condo?How to snag a bargain without getting burned.
Five things ...To know about energy rebates.
Is the mutual fund about to be replaced?Commission-free trades on rival products could slam the door on some traditional funds.
Return of the growth stockShares of fast-growing companies are finally outperforming again.
THE BOOM YEARS
Breaking up with mom's broker Finding a less costly financial home. By Dan Kadlec
Tall tales your contractor tells What to do with fixit men full of hooey. By Josh Garskof
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
Don't forget inflationInvest in companies with pricing power. By Pat Dorsey
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
Hedging overseas betsIt won't always make you safer. By Paul J. Lim
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|