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Mailbag for Friday, June 9, 2006

Chris Farrell | Jun 9, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: paying for a remodel, buying disability insurance and setting saving priorities.
Posted In: Savings

The OH NO in online banking

| Jun 9, 2006
For many Americans, online banking offers a free and easy way to balance their checkbooks. But beware of hidden traps. USA Today's Sandra Block checks off the list.

The IPO that went south

Kai Ryssdal | Jun 9, 2006
Internet phone provider Vonage's initial public offering hasn't done so well. How bad is it? So bad that customers who bought the stock are suing. Kai speaks with James Granelli of the Los Angeles Times.
Posted In: Investing

Flexible spending accounts

Kai Ryssdal | Jun 9, 2006
Once a year, workers can contribute money into a flexible spending account to be used for a variety of family and health care costs. So how much should you put aside? Kai speaks to Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefits Research Institute.
Posted In: Jobs

Educating Rico: The fine print

Rico Gagliano | Jun 9, 2006
Associate Producer Rico Gagliano takes a harrowing journey into the heart of credit darkness. Learn the sneaky ways credit card companies try to squeeze more money out of you.

Navigating open enrollment

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Jun 9, 2006
Start with a thick booklet from Human Resources. Add some confusing insurance-speak about health care. Toss in a deadline. Mix it all together and you've cooked up one of the sourest periods in the workplace: open enrollment. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Space food

| Jun 9, 2006
Rachel Louise Snyder reports on a very European initiative to spice up the taste of typically bland space food.

Stock options investigation

Bob Moon | Jun 9, 2006
Federal investigators are looking into the possibly fraudulent practice of back-dating corporate stock options. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

White House economic forecast

Stacey Vanek Smith | Jun 9, 2006
The White House yesterday released a rosier forecast for economic growth than originally estimated, but some economists see the glass a little differently. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy

DeLay says goodbye

Scott Tong | Jun 9, 2006
Former House Majority leader Tom DeLay leaves Congress today. He faces trial for money-laundering and he's tied to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Scott Tong takes a look at whether his legacy is likely to last.
Posted In: Washington

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