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The Mailbag for April 14, 2006

Apr 15, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on using a 529 college plan, investing in an EE bond, and helping a family member buy a house.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

From the Monday Matters Desk: Standing Up for the Little Guy

Apr 15, 2006
Ordinary investors don't have a chance on Wall Street. Author Gary Weiss' new book, Wall Street Versus America, investigates that premise. He sits down with Kai for a conversation about the balance of power in the market.
Posted In: Investing

Commodities Craze

Apr 15, 2006
Gold and silver prices are reaching new highs. Why are precious metals beating the pants off the market? Morningstar's Karen Dolan explains.
Posted In: Investing

The Week on Wall Street

Apr 14, 2006
Kai talks with Dallas stockbroker David Johnson about the week on Wall Street and what's ahead for the markets.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Say Goodbye

Apr 14, 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: tired of paying high fees to your mutual fund? Chris has an idea.
Posted In: Investing

This scheme sounds like a movie

Apr 13, 2006
Arrested this week for allegedly participating in a $6.7 million insider trading ring was a Goldman Sachs analyst named Eugene Plotkin. New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin tells Kai Ryssdal about a screenplay Plotkin wrote that sounds a lot like what he's accused of.
Posted In: Investing

A bizarre tale of insider trading

Apr 12, 2006
What do you get when you mix a retired Croatian seamstress, an exotic dancer in New York and employees at a Wisconsin printing press? A complicated story about insider trading. Alisa Roth reports.
Posted In: Investing

The ups and downs of commodities

Apr 12, 2006
With commodity prices hitting record highs, Ashley Milne-Tyte offers a primer on how past commodity runs have played out.
Posted In: Investing

SEC has a new watchdog

Apr 11, 2006
Criticized for not being vigilant against investor fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission has picked a former Merrill Lynch attorney to head its investment management division. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Investing

It's first-quarter earnings season

Apr 11, 2006
Corporate America is turning in its report cards from the first quarter of the year. Analysts expect the overall picture to be mixed. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Investing

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