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Mailbag for July 10, 2004

| Jul 10, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on saving for retirement at a later age, leasing to own a house, and writing a will.

The Regulators

| Jul 10, 2004
Curious about who is looking after your wallet? Kai investigates what regulators have been doing to protect your finances. Right now, the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating mutual funds, 401ks, and insurance companies. We get a SEC roundup from Professor Eric Talley, a securities legal expert.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Understanding inflation

Matthew Algeo | Jul 10, 2004
Let's talk about inflation. A lot of analysts say one of the reasons the Federal Reserve recently raised the short-term interest rates was to help keep inflation at bay. Inflation does have a bad reputation. But if those credit card bills keep piling up, you might want to reconsider your attitude toward it. Matthew Algeo reports.
Posted In: Economy

Factoid: Find out the dollars and cents behind insurance rates...

| Jul 3, 2004
Factoid: Find out the dollars and cents behind insurance rates...

Driving rates down

| Jul 3, 2004
Gas is just really expensive. But car owners are getting a break on something these days. Insurance is getting cheaper. Here to explain why is Robert Hartwig, the chief economist for the Insurance Information Institute.

Personal finance for graduates

| Jul 3, 2004
About a million and a half college seniors got their diplomas this spring. Next comes the real world and a long, long list of things to do. Find a job...for one. Get a place to live...for another. But what about a trip back to the classroom? Several studies give college graduates an F when it comes to understanding personal finance. If it's just too early to think about course registration, we're happy to offer this crash course. Nancy Farghalli has it.

"Straight Story": Housing Bubble

| Jul 3, 2004
It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Will an exploding housing bubble implode the economy? Chris is on the lookout.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: A working report on negotiating salaries

| Jul 3, 2004
You interviewed for a job and are waiting to hear from the hiring manager. The call comes…and you’re hired. Next: the dreaded salary discussion. Here to tell us how to come away with a starting wage that makes you reasonably happy is Sheila Heen, the co-author of the book Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most.
Posted In: Jobs

"Buzzword": Regulation FD

| Jul 3, 2004
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance: Regulation FD. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for July 3, 2004

| Jul 3, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on conquering debt, using a tax credit for education, and picking the best portfolio allocation.
Posted In: Savings

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