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June 28, 2010
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INTRODUCTION- Edited by Neil Weinberg and Janet Novack
Time-tested ways to protect and increase wealth.

ARE YOU YOUR OWN WORST ENEMY?- David K. Randall
Terry Odean’s research into investor behavior shows how people sabotage themselves.

FIVE ASSET ALLOCATION MYTHS- Richard A. Ferri
There is no perfect allocation and no absolute protection in a bear market. But it’s still worth diversifying and rebalancing once a year.

RETIREMENT: THE BEST PLACES- Ashlea Ebeling
Despite their deficits, states are still wooing retirees with tax breaks.

INVESTIGATE BEFORE YOU EXPATRIATE- William P. Barrett
Retiring abroad sounds intriguing to those seeking balmy climes and cheaper living. But there are pitfalls.

FIVE RULES FOR INHERITED IRAs- Deborah L. Jacobs
Families can stretch out the tax breaks of retirement accounts for decades if they know the rules.

GUIDE TO MUNI YIELDS AND MUNI RISKS- Peter C. Beller
Once safe and sleepy, the muni bond market now abounds with danger-and opportunity.

JUNK BONDS: CHEAP AND MAYBE GETTING CHEAPER- Asher Hawkins
If you’re an optimist junk bond yields are enticing again. Buy sparingly.

BACK IN STYLE- Daniel Fisher
Retail stocks got pounded during the recession and are still pretty cheap. Eden Capital’s Adam Newar says it’s not too late to bet on their recovery.

DIVIDENDS: PAYOFFS FROM ASIA- Megha Bahree
Most U.S. investors regard Asia as a growth play. They’re overlooking some nice dividend income, says Matthews Asia’s Andrew Foster.

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE- William P. Barrett
Douglas Vaughan enticed hundreds of fellow New Mexicans by promising low-risk investments paying double-digit returns. Here’s what you can learn from their remorse.

FAMILY COMPOUNDS FOR THE SOMEWHAT RICH- Stephane Fitch
Here’s how to protect your vacation retreat from the taxman and the intrafamily strains.

EURO BARGAINS- Anita Raghavan
The French are famous for many things, but value investing isn’t one of them. That just makes for easier pickings for Metropole Gestion.

ESTATE TAX BOOMERANG- Deborah L. Jacobs
The federal tax estate is coming back, while some state levies never went away. Act now to protect your family’s assets.

THE CONSERVATIONIST NEXT DOOR- Ashlea Ebeling
With government low on cash, neighbors are using tax breaks, sweat equity and ingenuity to save open space.

SHOOTING FOR PEFECTION- Monte Burke
Since his early years Stephen Myers has been hunting both game and business opportunities. At Pine Creek Sporting Club he bags them both.

INSURANCE: WHERE TO SAVE, WHERE TO SPEND- Ashlea Ebeling
You may be paying too much or paying for the wrong coverage.

OPINIONS
SIDELINES- William Baldwin
Will rebalancing make you rich?

FACT AND COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Stop the mark-to-market madness.

CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
We need robust small businesses.

DIGITAL RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Want to be a millionaire? Work for the government.

SPECIAL REPORT: IMMIGRATION
LET THEM IN- Philippe Legrain
Opening America’s borders is morally right, economically beneficial-and might even make America safer.

SAY NO TO IMMGRATION- Heather Mac Donald
Americans already spend far too much to support a huge illegal population. Enforcing existing laws might encourage self-deportation.

LABOR PAINS- Christopher Helman
Lots of law-abiding American businesses depend on immigrant workers. Those businesses are sitting ducks for opportunistic plantiffs.

OUTFRONT
IF YOU THINK THAT OIL SPILL IS BAD…- Daniel Fisher and Christopher Helman
Catastrophes like the BP oil spill can come with amazing price tags.

TOYOTA’S OTHER LEGAL MESS- Joann Muller
An investor’s patent claims threaten to pull the plug on Toyota’s hybrid business in the U.S.

FOREIGN INFLUENCES- Bring Wingfeld and Liz Moyer
Europe’s banks are writing big checks to shape the financial-reregulation bill.

BACKSEAT DRIVER- Jerry Flint

PLUS: Hail Mary pass.

TECHNOLOGY
FILES WITHOUT BORDERS- Victoria Barret
Dropbox makes it simple to access documents from anywhere.

DIGITAL TOOLS- Lee Gomes

ENERGY & GENIUS
RUNNING ON AIR- Jonathan Fahey
Electric cars are all the rage, but we still need lighter, cheaper batteries. Lithium-air may be the answer.

REBUILDING AMERICA
WASTE NOT- Jonathan Fahey
Waste Management’s David Steiner is using technology to turn trash into treasure.

ENTREPRENEURS
COMING HOME PARTY- Christopher Steiner
When Tim Madeley got the call to rescue his first employer, he came up big.

ONCE HACKED, TWICE PARANOID- Maureen Farrell
Identity fraud costs $54 billion a year. Robert Carr aims to alleviate some of that pain.

FORBES LIFE
EXTREME BREWING- Steven Bertoni
Taking beermaking out of the basement.

COMPANIES, PEOPLE, IDEAS
SALVATION AT THE CALL CENTER- Victoria Barret
James Hooker gives convicted felons jobs and a way out of a broken life.

FINANCIAL COLUMNISTS
ABSOLUTE RETURN- Lisa W. Hess

FIXED-INCOME WATCH- Richard Lehmann

THE PATIENT INVESTOR- John W. Rogers Jr.

THOUGHTS
WHO KNOWS BEST?