Surviving the Wall Street Storm

When the financial markets seize up, you've got to pay attention. Here's what to do now

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Sept. 30, 2008, in New York City

Yes, Wall Street is still a scary mess, but don't resort to putting your cash under the mattress.

If you're like a lot of other people, you may have found yourself paralyzed when the financial markets began to seize up last month. That's probably a good thing. (Your paralysis, not the markets'.) Because it rarely pays to make money decisions quickly, especially when the heart of the storm is upon you. But now is a good time to take a deep breath and review all your financial assets — and make a few key...

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