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Marketplace Money for April 14, 2006

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Marketplace Money for April 14, 2006

Refund Madness

The Internal Revenue Service says the average tax refund will hit $2,100 bucks this year. What should you do with your tax refund? KUOW's Cathy Duchamp has some recommendations.
Posted In: Taxes

"Day in the Work Life": A Hairy Situation

On this week's 'A Day In the Work Life' -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we tie up split ends with a hair stylist.
Posted In: Jobs

The Mailbag for April 14, 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

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

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

Math in the Real World

Parabolas, word problems, the quadratic equation...Oh my. Carolyn Kellogg takes a trip to see the wizard: the student who knew all the answers in her high school algebra class. Sure, mastering algebra helps in real life? Sure squared.
Posted In: Jobs

The Price of Naturalization

The path to citizenship is paved with a good amount of money. You've got to pay lawyers, attend civic courses and fill out tons of paperwork… not to mention $400 just to take the oath. Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Say Goodbye

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

The "Buzzword": LSE

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance -- "LSE." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Last-Minute Tax Advice

Don't panic. Take a deep breath and remember the "e" word: extension. Kai gets last-minute tax advice from Victor Omelczenko of the Internal Revenue Service.
Posted In: Taxes