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The Mailbag for June 3, 2005

Jun 3, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on creating a personalized retirement account, gifting stocks and bonds, and improving a credit score.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement
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The ABCs of the S&P...

Jun 3, 2005
Why are market indexes important? And what exactly do the indexes indicate? This week, we look at the movers and shakers of Wall Street's benchmarks -- the S&P 500, the Wilshire 5000, and the Russell 3000. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing
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The "Buzzword": Junk Bond

May 27, 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 -- "JUNK BOND." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing
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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."
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The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Missing in Action... Congress

May 21, 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: corporate pension plans are in peril. But where's Congress?
Posted In: Investing, Retirement
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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
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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
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Mailbag for May 13, 2005

May 14, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on choosing an index fund, buying term insurance, and investing a little windfall.
Posted In: Investing
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MERGER-Dot-Com

May 14, 2005
Merger mania has infiltrated the world of online stock brokerages. This week, E*Trade announced it had designs on competitor Ameritrade. But, Ameritrade is playing coy and has said it's not for sale. Marketplace's Alisa Roth investigates what's next for online brokerages and the people who use them.
Posted In: Investing
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Going Green in Corporate America?

May 13, 2005
This week, General Electric announced it will double its investment in environmentally friendly technologies. Does this signal a climate change when it comes to socially responsible investing? Mary Tribble from the Forum for Corporate Conscience gives the low down on corporate do-gooding.
Posted In: Investing

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