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The Mailbag for May 27, 2005

| May 27, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on selecting long term care insurance, using emergency savings to buy a big ticket item, and buying a house with 401k money.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: No Inflation

| May 27, 2005
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: Chris explains the conundrum behind long-term interest rates.
Posted In: Economy

From the Money Matters Desk: "The Flight of the Creative Class"

| May 27, 2005
What do Boise, Idaho, San Francisco, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina have in common? They're among the top ten cities ranked by "Creativity Index." Here to explain why that index is instrumental to your career success is Professor Richard Florida. His new book is "The Flight of the Creative Class."

Redefining Rebates

| May 27, 2005
Mail-in rebates aren't small change these days. You could receive as much as $150 for buying cell phones and other electronics. But that money doesn’t always come easily. <i>USA Today</i> personal finance columnist Sandra Block shares tips on redeeming rebates.

Funding Stem Cell Research

| May 27, 2005
This week, the House of Representatives passed a bill to increase federal funding for stem cell research. President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation. It got us wondering how has the private sector responded to this debate? Harvard Business Professor Debora Spar joins Kai to talk about the market’s role in stem cell research.

"Educating Rico": Time Management 101

| May 27, 2005
In the latest installment of Educating Rico, our hero tries to learn the secrets of time management.

AMT's a Changin'

John Dimsdale | May 27, 2005
Congressional leaders agree the alternative minimum tax needs reform. Changing the tax code could cost the government billions of dollars. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Pretzels and airlines

| May 27, 2005
You've heard there's no such thing as a free lunch. Now, there's no such thing as free pretzels. Not on Northwest Airlines. The nation's 4th largest carrier today said it's cancelling free pretzels to save $2 million bucks a year. Consumers may think this kind of cost shaving is a joke. But it's no joke for employees of the major airlines. Industry-wide, they've been asked to swallow cutbacks that would make most of us gag. Commentator and United Airlines machinist Kathleen Denny says, enough is enough.

The Week on Wall Street

| May 27, 2005
Time for our weekly look at the markets, this time with personal finance expert Knight Kiplinger.
Posted In: Wall Street

Pharmacists wanted

| May 27, 2005
Over the next 12 weeks, Medicare officials will mail out applications to seniors for the new prescription drug benefit. Also adding to the demand for prescription drugs: an aging demographic. There'll need to be people to fill those prescriptions, too. All this may help explain what's behind one of the hottest degree programs. From WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, Tanya Ott reports.

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