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Fixing the system

| Feb 21, 2005
Social Security is like the weather these days: Everybody's talking about it, but nobody's actually doing anything about it. Investment advisor and regular Marketplace commentator Gabriel Wisdom says it's time for Congress to step up to the plate and do something about the retirement system.

Presidents and the economy - a bad match?

| Feb 21, 2005
It's Presidents Day, so let's talk about presidents -- and the economy. Presidential elections are often decided by the nation's economic situation. But it's also an old axiom that presidents don't have much control over the economy. So are presidents just economic bystanders? Historian Richard Shenkman says not always. He says presidents can really screw up the economy -- by making bad decisions.

Look Ahead

| Feb 19, 2005
What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Identity Theft

| Feb 19, 2005
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, an industry giant admitted it was a target of a huge identity theft scheme. Chris has a few choice words for Choicepoint.

Factoid: Cellular 411

| Feb 19, 2005
Factoid: Cellular 411

From the Money Matters Desk: Smart Phones

| Feb 19, 2005
Many wireless customers are switching to phones that broadcast TV signals, play music, and take pictures. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we raise our smart-phone IQ with Rael Dornfest, Chief Technology Officer for tech publisher O'Reilly Media.

Wine Caves

| Feb 19, 2005
Wine appreciation has gone mainstream. "Sideways," a film about two friends on a California wine-tasting trip is up for 5 Academy Awards at next week's Oscars. Reporter Angela Frucci goes underground to give us a taste of the newest trend among wine hobbyists.

"Day in the Work Life": A Childcare Provider

| Feb 19, 2005
In an effort to decrease the deficit, the president's 2006 budget calls for cutting or freezing spending on more than 100 domestic programs. One of the programs is subsidized childcare. On this week's A Day in the Work Life...our regular look at how folks trade their time for money... we visit with a childcare provider.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Schedule Creep

| Feb 19, 2005
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance - "Schedule Creep." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for February 19, 2005

| Feb 19, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on buying individual stocks, choosing between an IRA and a Roth, and trashing personal documents.
Posted In: Investing

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