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Table of Contents:VOL. 39, NO. 6 - July 2010
Features
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 experts
What'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 freaky
Bestselling 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 rescue
How 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 
Money 1st
Three ways ...
To nab the best deal on a new car. 
The big idea
The middle class is doing better than you may think.. 
Washington watch
What the final financial reform law will look like. 
Cheap flicks
Grab one of these great-value digital camcorders. 
Travel
Get the most out of a cheaper euro. 
The Plan
Get more air out of your miles
More 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 savvy
Help keep those summer earnings from melting away too quickly. 
Home
Time to buy a condo?
How to snag a bargain without getting burned. 
Five things ...
To know about energy rebates. 
Invest
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 stock
Shares of fast-growing companies are finally outperforming again. 
Columns
THE BOOM YEARS
Breaking up with mom's broker
Finding a less costly financial home. By Dan Kadlec 
VALUE ADDED
Tall tales your contractor tells
What to do with fixit men full of hooey. By Josh Garskof 
THESTOCK STRATEGIST
Don't forget inflation
Invest in companies with pricing power. By Pat Dorsey 
THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR
Hedging overseas bets
It won't always make you safer. By Paul J. Lim 
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