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Straight Story: The bad side of savings

| Jan 5, 2007
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, the global economy is flooded with money. Chris says that isn't a good thing.

Day in the Work Life: Water world

| Jan 5, 2007
On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our regular look at how folks trade time for money, we freestyle with a swim instructor.
Posted In: Jobs

Buzzword: Spring loading

| Jan 5, 2007
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance -- "Spring Loading." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, January 5, 2007

| Jan 5, 2007
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: choosing the right 401K plan, sorting out a relative's credit report, selling assets to pay down debt, and finding out what's a GRAT.

The mortgage change

| Jan 5, 2007
Two of the biggest credit bureau just changed their mortgage transaction rules. Get ready to pay more fees. Kai interviews Terry Clemans, the Executive Director of the National Credit Reporting Association.
Posted In: Investing

The mutual fund makeover

| Jan 5, 2007
Reading a mutual fund prospectus requires Herculean skill. How else can you absorb the page after page of financial speak in really tiny print? But those documents might soon be a thing of the past. Bente Birkeland reports.
Posted In: Investing

A wake-up call for the cell-phone industry

Jeff Tyler | Jan 5, 2007
Motorola today cut its projections for 4th-quarter growth. And some on Wall Street worry the news might mean trouble for the whole mobile-phone industry. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Retail

New rule: Pay as you go

John Dimsdale | Jan 5, 2007
House Democrats have reinstated a rule that requires new spending to be matched by either a tax increase or cuts to something else in the federal budget. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Taxes, Washington

Second Life gets a reality check

Amy Scott | Jan 5, 2007
The virtual-reality website Second Life boasts more than 2.3 million residents. But a reporter found that only 250,000 have returned after signing up. Another case of cyber hype? Amy Scott reports.

New Iraq plan: Spend a lot more

Kai Ryssdal | Jan 5, 2007
Details of President Bush's plan for Iraq are leaking out. It would involve spending a lot more money. Rick Barton with the Center for Strategic and International Studies talks with Kai Ryssdal about the plan.
Posted In: Canada, Washington