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The "Buzzword": S&P 500

Mar 26, 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 - "S&P 500." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for March 26, 2005

Mar 26, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, we tackle tax season with a special mailbag devoted to all of your taxing questions. This week - deducting charitable giving, tracking down an old refund, trying to lower an unusually high tax bill, and paying taxes on an inherited gift.
Posted In: Charity, Taxes

From the Money Matters Desk: Selling Your Own Home

Mar 19, 2005
Spring is in the air and "for sale" signs are sprouting on lawns. More owners are trying their hands at selling their home themselves. So on this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we talk to financial author and journalist Ilyce Glink about whether it makes sense to be your own realtor.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for March 19, 2005

Mar 19, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on matching a 401k, picking a class "A" stock, and setting up a small business.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

From the Money Matters Desk: Retiring Retirement

Mar 13, 2005
Howard and Marika Stone are book authors, public speakers, and retirement experts. They're also part of the 60-plus set who have shunned leisure in favor of work. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look on how to improve your bottom line -- the Stones' offer retirement planning for people who don't want to slow down.
Posted In: Retirement

Reinventing Retirement

Mar 13, 2005
This week, a four-part series with public radio's business program "Marketplace." It's called Reinventing Retirement. Special Correspondent Jo Giese traveled to Wyoming for our story. That state's quickly graying population gives us a glimpse of what's down the road for the rest of the country, as baby boomers start to retire. We'll meet Rick and Sharon Olsen. Retired and in their 60s, they'd rather work a farm in snowy rural Buffalo than lounge on a beach in Florida. And we'll hear from Governor Dave Freudenthal, who's trying to get the state's employers and policymakers to see retirees as a "new natural resource" rather than a burden.
Posted In: Retirement

401K Woes

Mar 12, 2005
This weekend, President Bush is on the road selling his Social Security proposal. The president's plan - have people manage part of their retirement accounts privately. But a new study suggests we don't even understand the basics behind an existing retirement system - the work-sponsored 401 (k). What does this mean for Social Security? Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Mailbag for March 5, 2005

Mar 5, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on merging finances before merging families, finding a financial planner, investing in foreign companies, and prioritizing debt.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for February 26, 2005

Feb 26, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on picking the right college fund, selling stocks to buy big ticket items, and cashing out an IRA.
Posted In: Investing

A Short Interview on "Shorting"

Feb 26, 2005
For those of you who fancy the idea of profiting from an overvalued stock... make sure you know what investment strategy to use. Kiplinger's Jeff Kosett explains the highs and lows of shorting.
Posted In: Investing

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