Marketplace Money for April 21, 2006

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Marketplace Money for April 21, 2006

Straight Story with Chris Farrell: The big trade deficit

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: Chinese President Hu Jintao visits the White House. Chris minds the trade gap.
Posted In: Economy

Day in the Work Life: A composter's guide to the universe

On this week's "A Day in the Work Life," we look at how folks trade their time for money. We talk trash with a composter.
Posted In: Jobs

The Buzzword: Contango

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, "Contango." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for Friday, April 21, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on starting an S-Corp, using a debit card versus a credit card, and researching socially responsible investments.

What you leave behind

Say the words "estate planning," you think blue bloods. But, you don't need to be rich to think about planning for the future. Judy Martel's new book looks at what families need to learn before divvying up assets. She sits down with Kai for a conversation.

Pension plans

Big companies say they can't deliver on their pension promises. So what's Congress to do? Marketplace's John Dimsdale tells Kai about legislation in the works.
Posted In: Investing, Jobs, Retirement, Savings

The good, the bad and the audit

We've all heard the horror stories, but is being audited really that bad? Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Taxes

The boom in going bust

Our economics editor, Chris Farrell, spends time in a bankruptcy courtroom in Rochester, N.Y. He profiles a no-nonsense judge who wants to teach Americans how to stay out of debt.

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