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Mailbag for April 17, 2004

Apr 17, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on emerging markets, interest-only mortgages, finding a financial planner, index funds, CD rates, and becoming a landlord.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Mailbag for April 10, 2004

Apr 10, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on cashing in your stock options, investing in gold, and consolidating student loans.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Factoid: Faith and Finances

Apr 10, 2004
Find out the percentage of Americans who donate religiously
Posted In: Charity

Financing college

Apr 10, 2004
The letter came, it was thick, and your kid got in to the college they wanted. Now, how are you supposed to pay the $40,000 tuition, room and board? What about financial aid? Grants? Where should you start? College finances expert Kathy Kristof offers her advice.
Posted In: Savings

Faith and Finances

Apr 10, 2004
Visit your local bookstore or go online and you'll find every imaginable personal finance book. But what if we told you to check out a different genre of books for finance tips? From public radio's business program Marketplace, Jeff Tyler has our story.
Posted In: Charity

Mutual funds update

Apr 3, 2004
It's been about six months since New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer first announced his mutual fund investigation. It's time for an update. Don Phillips from the fund rating company Morningstar tells us where things stand for the mutual fund industry.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Banking on your 401(k)

Mar 28, 2004
About half of all American workers are enrolled in a 401(k) plan, or its non-profit counterpart, the 403(b). Under those plans, employers take some of their workers' wages and put them into a retirement account. It turns out there are some employers who just take the money …Sound Money's Matthew Algeo reports on the problem.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

"Straight Story": Closing costs

Mar 27, 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. The Housing and Urban Development Department had a plan to deal with streamlining closing costs. But this week-they killed their own proposal. Chris is in a grieving mood.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for March 27, 2004

Mar 27, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, Chris explains: the difference between an EE and I bond, why paying a credit card balance with retirement savings is a no-no, and how you can put the word "me" in retireMEnt.
Posted In: Retirement

How to give

Mar 20, 2004
There are so many good charitable causes, but how do you decide where your donation should go? As Minnesota Public Radio's Mary Stucky reports, there are ways to give that benefit both you and the charity.
Posted In: Charity