In Brief: Apr. 30, 2001

CHINA RETURNS Investors in China funds don't expect miracles, such as accounting standards, overnight, but thorny politics is de rigueur. So don't get too excited that Lipper's China region funds gained 4.76% the week the U.S. spy-plane crew came home. Even if the events are related, there's no long-term link between the funds and upbeat news: fat headlines aren't always good financial advisers.

HOT WHEELS If the stock market hasn't crippled your wallet and you're still eyeing that new car--there's no time like the present. Striving to keep demand strong and inventories down, car manufacturers are offering low-rate financing and...

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