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Social Security - Ideas for Reform

| May 21, 2005
Next week, Representative Robert Wexler (D-Fla) unveils his Social Security reform plan. How does it sync with other proposals like creating personal accounts, revising benefits, or increasing payroll taxes? Alicia Munnell is a Professor of Management Sciences at Boston College. She offers a glimpse of what Social Security might look like in the future.
Posted In: Retirement

Breaking-Up Without Going Broke

| May 21, 2005
No one wants to talk about the "D" word. But some financial planners say if you don't plan properly for the end of a marriage you could face a lifetime of financial woes. Reporter Tanya Ott, with WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, examines the relationship between divorce and dollars.

Making over Mortgages

| May 21, 2005
The government's urging banks to tighten mortgage lending laws. Will restrictions on interest-only mortgages and hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages help or hurt you? Marketplace's Tess Vigeland reports.

Think Global: How Globalization Affects Your Investments

| May 20, 2005
As part of Think Global, public radio's week of special coverage, we look at how foreign investors influence the security of our investments and our retirement. Joining Kai is Professor Goetzmann, the Director of the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management and Diana Farrell, the Director of McKinsey's Global Institute.
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life" Farmer's Market Director

| May 20, 2005
On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our weekly look at how folks trade time for money... we go shopping with a farmer's market director.
Posted In: Jobs

The Mailbag for May 20, 2005

| May 20, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on picking an interest only mortgage, deciding between renting versus buying, choosing a selective university, and selling off assets.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Latino lattes

| May 20, 2005
Anywhere these days that you CAN'T get a venti half-caf non-fat no-foam no-whip caramel latte? Not for all the tea in China. Really. In fact Starbucks announced today that it's counting on the land of the leaf to eventually become its second-biggest market after this country. Right now the chain has 120 stores there. Coffee houses world-'round have tried to replicate Starbucks' success. Hasn't happened yet. But in Phoenix some entrepreneurs are banking on a hybrid: Start with a traditional Mexican bakery called a panaderia... Abigail Beshkin has the rest.
Posted In: Canada

TV up-fronts

| May 20, 2005
If you went looking for TV stars in Hollywood this week you wouldn't have found them. The Desperate Housewives and just about everybody else who is anybody in television were in New York for the annual showbiz show-and-tell known as the "up-fronts." This is the week when the networks trot out their fall lineups. But even more important -- it's their opportunity to sell advertisers on the new series they claim will be the next, well, Desperate Housewives. Aaron Barnhart covers TV for the Kansas City Star, he has the story.

Gaza cesspool

| May 20, 2005
As Israel prepares to pull out of Gaza this summer, Palestinians are hoping international donors will step in to help them get back on their feet. Millions of dollars stayed in coffers during the last four years of conflict. That's money that could go toward things like revamping the electrical grid and building a desalination plant. But before greenlighting those projects, some donors have posed a challenge to the Palestinians and Israelis. Work together to fix a particularly odiferous problem, and then get back to us. From Gaza, Nancy Updike has the story.
Posted In: Canada

The "Buzzword": Commerce Clause

| May 20, 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 - "COMMERCE CLAUSE." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

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