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Mailbag for March 20, 2004

Mar 20, 2004
Each week, we choose the most burning of your money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains when it's OK to give your children money, who is Warren Buffet, and how you can learn about the stock market without risking a dime.
Posted In: Charity, Retirement

"Straight Story": Say it isn't so...Social Security

Mar 6, 2004
This and every week, we have our Economics Editor Chris Farrell here to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." This week, Social Security. Is Social Security on its last financial breath? Chris has a different take.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

Mailbag for Febraury 28, 2004

Feb 28, 2004
Each week, we pick a few of your burning money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains: when it's OK to shred your old financial documents, how to talk about financial issues with aging parents, the ins and outs of real estate investment trusts, and whether it makes sense to put a little bit of money toward a lot of debt.
Posted In: Investing

Raising children and personal finance: A conversation with Eric Tyson

Feb 28, 2004
How do you budget for children? How do you think about balancing life with work? Can you make your family work financially if one parent decides to stay home? These are some of the questions we started thinking about after our host, Kai Ryssdal, welcomed his third child into the world this week. Check out Kai's interview with Eric Tyson, a personal finance counselor and the author of "Personal Finance for Dummies."
Posted In: Investing

Educating Rico

Feb 21, 2004
Meet Rico, Sound Money staffer and newcomer to the world of personal finance. He doesn't have much money saved, has never owned a home, and has a bunch of debt. So, what can you learn from him? That it's never too late to start planning your financial future, if you're willing pick up some books and start reading.
Posted In: Investing

The Buzz Word: Stock Swap

Feb 21, 2004
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance: Stock Swap. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

Index fund investing

Feb 7, 2004
When is an index fund not an index fund? Our in-house investment expert Erica Whittlinger talks with Stephanie Curtis about the proliferation of specialty index funds and whether or not they’re worth your time and money.
Posted In: Investing

Listener questions for February 7, 2004

Feb 7, 2004
This week, Chris Farrell answers questions on savings options for the self-employed, paying off your mortgage, and dealing with the alternative minimum tax. He also hears from a musician who’s teaching kids to save money one song at a time.
Posted In: Savings

Mutual fund fees

Jan 31, 2004
The mutual fund scandal continues to grab headlines, and this week fees are the hot topic. Chris Farrell finds out from financial planner and author Frank Armstrong just how high fees are and what to do about them.
Posted In: Investing

Reverse mortgages

Jan 31, 2004
If you're a homeowner, you've been writing mortgage checks out to your bank for years. Wouldn't it be nice if the bank wrote you a check? Stephanie Curtis talks with attorney and author Steve Weisman about the pros and cons of reverse mortgages.
Posted In: Investing

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