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The Mailbag for October 21, 2005

Oct 21, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on renting a property, starting a retirement account, and combining a home equity loan with mortgage.
Posted In: Housing, Retirement

Good as Gold?

Oct 21, 2005
Gold has staged a glittering comeback. With prices soaring, is now the right time to gild your portfolio? Personal Finance writer Terry Savage offers her take.
Posted In: Investing

Buying Bio Tech

Oct 21, 2005
Health officials want Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche to let other companies to make its anti-viral medicine, Tamiflu. More than 40 countries have stockpiled that drug to help against a possible bird-flu outbreak. With countries gobbling up medicine, should investors be gobbling up stock in pharmaceutical companies? Harvard Business Professor Debora Spar separates the fact from the fiction.
Posted In: Investing

Saving the Long Bond

Oct 21, 2005
Buying a long-term savings bond is simple. Cashing in on the investment isn't. Rachel Dornhelm reports that long-term bonds can cause short-term memory.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: Debt 101

Oct 15, 2005
If you have debt, pay it off immediately, right? Not so fast says Liz Pulliam Weston, author of the new book <em>Deal with Your Debt.</em> On this week's Money Matters &mdash; our regular look at how to improve your bottom line &mdash; she defines the difference between good debt and bad debt.

Spam, Stock and Mix &mdash; A Recipe for Disaster

Oct 15, 2005
Is your inbox flooded with spam emails saying buy! Buy! Buy!? Joshua Cyr "bought" to see if he could turn a profit. He shares his spreadsheet with Kai.
Posted In: Investing

In an Investment Club with Personality?

Oct 14, 2005
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 <em>Marketplace Money</em>.
Posted In: Investing

The "Buzzword": Treasury Direct

Oct 8, 2005
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <em>Marketplace Money</em> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance &mdash; "Treasury Direct." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing, Savings

The Mailbag for October 7, 2005

Oct 8, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on investing in a CD, buying gold bars, and picking a 401k-Roth hybrid.
Posted In: Investing

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Pension Politics

Oct 8, 2005
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out the "Straight Story." This week, Chris calls for some disclosure regarding employee pensions.
Posted In: Investing, Jobs

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