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Mailbag for May 6, 2005

May 6, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on saving for retirement on a small budget, investing in a rising interest rate environment, and opening up an overseas bank account.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Retirement

It's Baaack... The Long Bond

May 6, 2005
This week, the Treasury Department announced it's considering bringing back the 30-year bond. How will this affect interest rates, your portfolio and your mortgage? The Bond Bible's Marilyn Cohen explains the Bond, Long Bond.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: All Your Worth

Apr 29, 2005
If you only just decided to make a budget, don't worry. It's not too late to get cookin'. Here to help Kai count financial calories is author Amelia Tyagi. Her new book has tips on how to make and stick to a financial diet.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

The Mailbag for April 22, 2005

Apr 22, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on selecting a piggy back loan, investing in the stock market for the first time, making a joint decision to sell a second home, and paying for a professional degree.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

The New "It" Fund -- Exchange Traded Funds

Apr 22, 2005
As with Hollywood actors, certain investments can suddenly become "hot." Exchange Traded Funds are the latest stock investment to get top billing. Here to explain the buzz is <i>Money Magazine's</i> Penelope Wang.
Posted In: Investing

The Mailbag for April 15, 2005

Apr 16, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on choosing between term and life insurance, stemming the flood of credit card solicitations, and finding the right balance of stocks and bonds in a retirement account.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: Irrational Exuberance and the Irrational Housing Market

Apr 16, 2005
Yale economist Robert Shiller has impeccable timing. "Irrational Exuberance," his book about the stock market, landed on bookstore shelves the same month the tech bubble burst. He's back with a revised edition of the book - and warnings about the real estate market.
Posted In: Housing

"Change for a Buck": Your Tax Dollar

Apr 16, 2005
On this installment of our occasional series "Change For A Buck," we track how "The Man" spends every penny of your tax dollar.
Posted In: Taxes

From the Money Matters Desk: To Roth or Not to Roth

Apr 9, 2005
How do you choose between a Roth IRA or a traditional IRA? One might save you money on your tax bill, but the other might save you money for the future. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we get the answer from IRA expert Ed Slott.
Posted In: Investing

The Color of Money: The Hong Kong Dollar

Apr 9, 2005
In 1997, the British gave Hong Kong back to China. To outsiders, Hong Kong's cultural and political life is just as complicated. Just take a look at its currency. On this installment of our occasional series "the Color of Money," reporter Judith Ritter examines the Hong Kong dollar.

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