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Straight Story: The Buffett effect

Jun 30, 2006
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, Warren Buffett gifted $30 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Chris says even Americans of humble means can learn a lot about charitable giving from the Wizard of Omaha.
Posted In: Charity

Buzzword: Zombie debt

Jun 30, 2006
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance, zombie debt. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Savings

Health insurance on the cheap

Jun 30, 2006
As we speak, recent college grads are getting acquainted with "the real world." You know, the world where health insurance is costly and getting costlier. Tess talks with Georgetown University's Karen Pollitz about health care options for grads -- and the tradeoffs involved.

Will Fed boost interest rate <i>half</i> a point?

Jun 29, 2006
Personal finance expert Chris Farrell and host Scott Jagow discuss the likely impact of today's Federal Reserve meeting.

Gaga for ethanol

Jun 27, 2006
Investor enthusiasm for ethanol-maker Aventine's IPO this week might be even bigger than rival VeraSun's recent public stock offering. Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for Friday, June 23, 2006

Jun 23, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on savings for teens, checking the value of old stock certificates and making up a monthly budget.
Posted In: Savings

Looking inside hedge funds

Jun 23, 2006
A major hedge fund is being investigated by the SEC for insider trading, while an SEC rule governing the funds has been thrown out by the courts. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Pure gold coins almost here

Jun 21, 2006
The first ever pure gold coin has been unveiled by the US Mint. It goes on sale tomorrow and buyers are already lining up get a piece of history or just a good investment. Alex Cohen reports.
Posted In: Investing

E-minis open oil trading to small investors

Jun 20, 2006
Oil is the most-traded commodity on the planet, but until recently there weren't many good strategies for the average investor who wants a piece of the action. Doesn't mean it's not risky though. Andrew Haeg explains.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Mailbag for Friday, June 16, 2006

Jun 16, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: using a 529 college savings plan, gifting money for education expenses, and rolling over a defined pension account.
Posted In: Savings

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