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E-minis open oil trading to small investors

Jun 20, 2006
Oil is the most-traded commodity on the planet, but until recently there weren't many good strategies for the average investor who wants a piece of the action. Doesn't mean it's not risky though. Andrew Haeg explains.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Mailbag for Friday, June 16, 2006

Jun 16, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: using a 529 college savings plan, gifting money for education expenses, and rolling over a defined pension account.
Posted In: Savings

Straight Story: Retirement net

Jun 16, 2006
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, report after report points to gloomy financial prospects for retirees. But Chris sees blue skies, for those willing to work a bit longer.
Posted In: Retirement

Money Matters: A tale of jobs

Jun 16, 2006
You want to work. But you don't really want to work. Author Stanley Bing takes Kai inside the world of jobs that pay a lot but ask very little.
Posted In: Jobs

In an investment club with personality?

Jun 16, 2006
Ever get together with friends, have a glass of wine and beat the pants off the S&P 500? If you're an active member of an investment club and you're not shy, then you and your club members might be perfect for a new segment on Marketplace Money.
Posted In: Investing

How bad is inflation really?

Jun 15, 2006
Personal finance expert Chris Farrell and host Tess Vigeland discuss market fears that interest rate hikes could go too far.

The OH NO in online banking

Jun 9, 2006
For many Americans, online banking offers a free and easy way to balance their checkbooks. But beware of hidden traps. USA Today's Sandra Block checks off the list.

The IPO that went south

Jun 9, 2006
Internet phone provider Vonage's initial public offering hasn't done so well. How bad is it? So bad that customers who bought the stock are suing. Kai speaks with James Granelli of the Los Angeles Times.
Posted In: Investing

Bernanke, inflation and the markets

Jun 8, 2006
Personal finance expert Chris Farrell and host Scott Jagow discuss the market's reaction to recent comments by Fed chief Ben Bernanke on inflation.

The 'Daedalus' scam

Jun 7, 2006
A college student pleaded guilty yesterday to charges he conned investors into pouring millions into a bogus hedge fund named for the mythical architect who confounded many a Greek with his complex labyrinth. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Investing