Table of Contents:VOL. 38, NO. 9 - September 2009
Five lessons from the crash One year ago, a perfect storm on Wall Street nearly destroyed your portfolio and our financial system. Now it's time to take stock.
Cut your spending by $500 a month In today's tight economy, who doesn't want to free up some cash? Trim the fat but not the fun from your budget - here's how.
Plug your money leaks You don't need to spend big bucks to tackle sorely needed home-improvement projects. Consider these smart shortterm fixes.
When your broker goes bad Everyone has lost money in this market, but what if your financial adviser wasn't playing fair? Getting your money back won't be easy, but your odds may be improving.
Is the economy ruining your marriage?When money is tight, relationships often suffer. Take our quiz to see how your union is holding up - and what you can do to make it and your finances stronger.
Three inflating bubbles to avoidDon't let banks hike your fees and ax rewards.
Washington watchThe battle for a consumer financial protection agency heats up
Where your money goes......for the Wii Fit game
The ethicistsWhen advice is one-sided
By the numbersThe job market stays soft
How to talk money with mom and dad The market's plunge has damaged your parents' nest egg. Find out how that will affect your own plans.
The makeover Chronic medical conditions may put a crimp in this couple's early retirement.
Second act A former attorney brings a new zit zapper to the market
Five things to know about...529 college savings plans
You can fight the assessor Overcharged? Appeal your property tax bill the right way.
Is a reverse mortgage right for you? Sure, it's an easy source of extra income. But there are risks.
What's next? Ask the bond market Want to know how the economy is really doing? Look for clues in fixed income.
X-Ray: Fidelity Contrafund A close look at a conservative growth fund that beats its aggressive peers.
Win at the credit scoring game To get the best deal on a loan, you need some new strategies to push your score up?and keep it there.
Make the most of your summer photos The smartest ways to share photos for less.
THE MONEY SHRINK
Find a cheap (and tasty) restaurant Get out of your food comfort zone to find a new eatery. By Tyler Cowen
THE BOOM YEARS
Protecting your big kid?and you Nearly adult children present a new set of challenges. By Dan Kadlec
Extreme green goes mainstream New tax credits mean saving energy may finally pay off. By Josh Garskof
THE STOCK STRATEGIST
The strong case for strong stocks As the rally matures, investors will shift to rock-solid companies. By Pat Dorsey
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
A pot of gold you needn't chase "Absolute return" funds are supposed to make money in any market. If only it were that simple. By Paul J. Lim
THE BOTTOM LINE
Oh, to be young again (for real)Why you feel as if you're reliving your twenties. Minus the fun. By Pat Regnier
When you are just starting out or finally starting to get serious about saving, the basics will get you far. Here are more than a dozen tips that will help you lay the base for building your net worth. |more|