Marketplace Money for April 24, 2004

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Marketplace Money for April 24, 2004
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Renting vs. buying

Record numbers of people are scraping together down payments to buy property. But how do you know if buying a home is the right choice for you? Kai talked to real estate expert and personal finance writer, Elizabeth Razzi, about buying vs. renting.
Posted In: Economy
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Mailbag for April 24, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on setting financial priorities, offering money for grades, and buying term insurance.
Posted In: Savings
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Jumping into the housing market

What comes up must come down…right? Well, Isaac Newton didn't try to buy a house in today's market, where gravity is gone. But Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan, said this week that interest rates will rise. Is the bubble about to burst? And how do you jump into a market if you're a first time buyer? Marketplace Reporter Steve Henn has our story.
Posted In: Investing
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"Educating Rico": Tackling student loans

Last year the federal government handed out over $39 billion in student loans. All that cash helps millions of students get a degree, buy at some point they have to pay it back. If you're Sound Money's Rico Gagliano, that can be quite a challenge. In the third installment of our monthly series "Educating Rico," our hero attempts to tackle his educational debt - and winds up getting schooled.
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Consumer checkbook

Search engine technology is making leaps and bounds these days. Researchers have even just unveiled plans for a 3D search - using sketches instead of words. But as Gretchen Cook reports, it's still hard to look for one's most basic needs on the Internet.
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"Straight Story": Ethical investing

It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." Ethical investing is the "right" way to make money. But Chris has his own views of right versus wrong.
Posted In: Investing
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How to get out of a bad investment

Raise your hand if you've heard this one before: If it sounds too good to be true - it probably is. But let's say you learned this lesson too late. Can you bail out of a bad investment? Ross Levin of Accredited Investors is ready to hand you a bucket.
Posted In: Investing
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"The Buzz Word": Durable goods

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news - for instance, durable Goods. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy
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"Day in the Work Life": Meteorologist

Drought is plaguing western farms; parts of Idaho may have no irrigation water this summer and tornadoes touched town in Illinois this week. It's impossible to exactly predict rain, shine, or snow, but some folks try anyway. On this week's installment of our regular series, we spend "A Day In the Work Life" with a meteorologist.
Posted In: Jobs

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