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Focus on the future
As investors search for a glimmer of hope, experts see reasons for optimism about the stock market in 2003.

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Flying on a bargain fare? Your miles may not be worth as much. But for some customers the perks get plusher.

Ten tips: How to return items purchased online
Shopping online can be fast, easy and convenient, but returning items purchased on the Internet can sometimes be a major hassle. Before you make your next online purchase, arm yourself with the following tips.

Helen Huntley: Four essential guidelines for investing wisely
A letter that recently arrived from an 82-year-old widower was typical of many I have received over 11 years of writing the On Money column. After a lifetime of keeping his money safely tucked in the bank, low interest rates finally drove him to consider other options. He quickly became hopelessly confused.

Local pros optimistic, with reservations
What's ahead for investors in 2003? Times personal finance editor Helen Huntley sat down with three Tampa Bay area investment pros to find out their views. Participants in the conversation were:


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