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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.
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.
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.
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.
WASTE NOT- Jonathan Fahey
Waste Management’s David Steiner is using technology to turn trash into treasure.
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.
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.
ABSOLUTE RETURN- Lisa W. Hess
FIXED-INCOME WATCH- Richard Lehmann
THE PATIENT INVESTOR- John W. Rogers Jr.
WHO KNOWS BEST?