Let's face it. The financial crisis is every bit as insidious as the most pessimistic prognosticators said it would be when the first cracks began appearing in the Bear Stearns hedge funds in the summer of 2007. And while President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus package last week-hopefully a step in the right direction-there is no telling how long the crisis could continue.

Sure, our assets are down by about 40% over the past year, and many fund companies have trimmed their staffs by as much as 10%.

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