Marketplace Money for April 15, 2005

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Marketplace Money for April 15, 2005

The "Buzzword": Specialists

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

"Day in the Work Life" Artist

This week David Rockefeller pledged a hundred million bucks to MOMA's endowment. It's the biggest cash gift in the museum's history. On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we meet an artist who runs an art collective on a significantly smaller budget.
Posted In: Jobs

The Mailbag for April 15, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on choosing between term and life insurance, stemming the flood of credit card solicitations, and finding the right balance of stocks and bonds in a retirement account.
Posted In: Investing

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: The Estate Tax

It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. The estate tax - also known as the "death tax" is back on the political agenda. Chris isn't ready to write an obituary.
Posted In: Taxes

What Lies Beneath: Deciphering an Earnings Statement

How do you decide when to buy a stock? When to sell? One way: read the company’s earning statement. And there’s no better time. With earning season in full swing, you’ll have access to lots of reports…from companies like Apple, General Motors, and Bank of America. But what answers lie beneath all those numbers?’s Ken Shreve breaks down an actual earnings statement.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: Irrational Exuberance and the Irrational Housing Market

Yale economist Robert Shiller has impeccable timing. "Irrational Exuberance," his book about the stock market, landed on bookstore shelves the same month the tech bubble burst. He's back with a revised edition of the book - and warnings about the real estate market.
Posted In: Housing

"Change for a Buck": Your Tax Dollar

On this installment of our occasional series "Change For A Buck," we track how "The Man" spends every penny of your tax dollar.
Posted In: Taxes

The Tax Man Cometh

Sure, tax season is over for 2004. But here at Sound Money, we believe it's never too early to prepare for next year. Mark Everson, the IRS Commissioner, offers his tax tips for 2005.
Posted In: Taxes

Refund Madness

Two thousands dollars... that's what the Internal Revenue Service says the average tax refund will be this year. What should you do with your tax refund? KUOW's Cathy Duchamp files the story.
Posted In: Taxes

Credit Counseling, What It's Really Like...

This week, the House of Representatives passed a new bankruptcy bill, widely expected to be law. The bill requires debtors to get credit counseling before they can file for bankruptcy. But what exactly does credit counseling mean? Marketplace's Bob Moon gets a little advice.

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