Table of Contents:VOL. 39, NO. 8 - September 2010
10 ways to make real money againHungry for a big payoff? From California condos to gulf oil-rig operators, these investments are selling at deep discounts. By Carolyn Bigda, Amanda Gengler, and George Mannes
QUIZ: Do you have what it takes to be wealthy?Smart saving and investing moves can get you there, but lots of other things, including your marital status and looks, can help or hurt too. By David Futrelle
The quest for the perfect credit scoreMeet some folks who are nearly flawless on the FICO scale -- and learn which of their habits you should adopt. By Ismat Sarah Mangla
How financial reform will really workThe historic new law aims to keep you safe. But even as regulators write the rules, the financial industry is pushing back, and your wallet is up for grabs. By Donna Rosato
What your kids learned from the crashOne silver lining to the Big Meltdown: Teens and young adults are saving more and spending less. Try these smart moves to make the new habits stick. By Dan Kadlec
True believerDespite two crashes, one financial crisis, and a debt scare in Europe, famed market scholar and money manager Roger Ibbotson is still bullish on stocks. interview By Walter Updegrave
Three ways health reform can help you now
By the numbersFinally, some good news at the office.
The big ideaOwning a home is overrated.
Help DeskWhat to do if your life insurer is on shaky ground.
Washington watchA hated mutual fund fee is under siege, but far from gone.
Care when you're not thereHow to help an aging parent from afar.
Financial fixCan this family afford to work less?
Second actA consultant gets entrepreneurial.
Make yourself a rainmakerStoke your firm's growth -- even if that's not your job.
The best moves for buyers and sellersRethink what to say for a winning deal.
Five things ...To know about homeowners insurance.
Don't be afraid of recession, part IIA few smart moves can get you through the rough patch.
A cash stash is good for stocksIt's best to invest before companies start spending again.
Stock x-ray: McDonald'sWill it stay golden during a downturn?
Where the deals are this autumnFall is shoulder season in these three destinations -- which means fewer crowds and lower prices.
What does 'the number' tell you?How much you need to retire is a squishy estimate.By Walter Updegrave
How to point, click, e-modelUse the web to redo your home. By Josh Garskof
Stocks that can handle a double dipThese firms can grow no matter what the economy does. By Pat Dorsey
The lowdown on 'high quality'What it means to bet on top-notch stocks. By Penelope Wang