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The Mailbag for January 27, 2006

| Jan 28, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, advice on deducting an insurance settlement, putting aside money for a child with special needs, and writing off health insurance premiums.
Posted In: Savings

<em>Money Magazine</em>: Money Madness

| Jan 28, 2006
Is money as addictive as drugs? It just might be. Ellen McGirt from <em>Money Magazine</em> talks about a new way of looking at economics and behavior.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: Trading Spaces

| Jan 28, 2006
You've got a country cottage. They've got a coastal condo. Can you trade deeds? On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- real estate expert Elizabeth Razzi explains the rules of property swaps.
Posted In: Housing

Tax Time

| Jan 28, 2006
With tax documents filling your mail, it's time to start thinking about April 15th. Our taxman, Frank Degan, gives Kai an update on what's new in the tax code.
Posted In: Taxes

"Educating Rico": Banking on Credit Unions?

| Jan 28, 2006
In the latest installment of "Educating Rico," our hero makes a tough financial decision. Should he park his money in a bank or a credit union?
Posted In: Savings

The Greening of Your Portfolio

| Jan 28, 2006
Oil stocks continue to pump up Wall Street. But another form of energy is heating up the market. From the <em>Marketplace</em> Sustainability desk, Sam Eaton reports on the buzz surrounding renewable energy funds.

GDP slows

Bob Moon | Jan 27, 2006
The economy grew at only a 1.1&#37; annual rate last quarter. It's the slowest pace in three years and raises serious questions, both about the state of the economy and the accuracy of economists' predictions. Most number crunchers had expected the economy to grow much more quickly. Bob Moon has the story.
Posted In: Economy

KBR IPO

John Dimsdale | Jan 27, 2006
Halliburton said today that it plans to spin off a stake of its KBR unit, which is the largest US contractor in Iraq. But KBR isn't as profitable as many of Halliburton's other businesses. John Dimsdale looks into whether the deal makes sense.
Posted In: Wall Street

Steel merger

Amy Scott | Jan 27, 2006
Mittal Steel, the world's biggest steelmaker, made a $23 billion hostile bid for rival Arcelor today. Arcelor is the world's second biggest steelmaker, and a combination of the two companies would be more than three times as big as nearest rival Nippon Steel. Amy Scott has more.

British prostitution

Helen Palmer | Jan 27, 2006
A leading medical journal in Britain advocated today for legalized prostitution there. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports that health costs were a primary reason behind the endorsement.
Posted In: Canada, Health

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