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This mortgage wants you

Jul 3, 2004
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan did exactly what we all expected last week. He and his colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee raised short-term rates by a quarter of a percentage point. Most analysts say home loans will be getting more expensive, so what mortgage is right for you? Jeff Tyler has the story.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Letters for June 26, 2004

Jun 27, 2004
We open the Sound Money mail from the last few weeks. Don’t miss the missives.
Posted In: Investing

"Educating Rico": What's good credit

Jun 27, 2004
We've all heard the term...good credit. That's something you need in this country if you want to buy a house or lease a car. But what does good credit mean? And who decides what's "good?" In this month's installment of "Educating Rico"...our financially challenged protagonist discovers it all comes down to one little number.
Posted In: Investing

"Straight Story": The index fund debate

Jun 27, 2004
It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." Are index funds headed for trouble? Chris diffuses the situation.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: An investing report on risk

Jun 27, 2004
We had a look last week at how investors should think about "uncertainty" in the markets. On this week's "Money Matters" -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we examine risk tolerance. Terrence Odean studies risk at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. He explains how to measure your risk tolerance.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for June 26, 2004

Jun 27, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on defining mutual fund shares, firing a financial planner, and investing a large chunk of change.
Posted In: Investing

Factoid: Find out the history of private pension plans

Jun 26, 2004
Factoid: Find out the history of private pension plans
Posted In: Retirement

Pension Shuffle

Jun 26, 2004
The days of working for a company for 20 years are gone. As are a gold watch upon retirement and a secure pension plan. These days, companies are doing all they can to cut costs. And phasing out the traditional defined pension plan is becoming popular. Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Retirement

Meet Your Parents

Jun 19, 2004
When you hear the words "estate planning," you probably think it has something to do with wealth. But, you don't need to be rich to plan your estate: and it's something you should think about long before your time has come. In particular, those of us in the baby boomer generation-whose parents are aging and senior citizens - should listen to this recent trip that our reporter, Lisa Napoli, took.
Posted In: Retirement

"Straight Story": Regulating mutual funds

Jun 19, 2004
It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Seven former heads of SECs have signed a letter, saying they think mutual fund companies should have independent board chairman. Chris signs on as well.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings

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