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Marketplace Money for April 28, 2006

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Marketplace Money for April 28, 2006

Straight Story with Chris Farrell: Margin loans

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: Margin loans are the new "it" way to get money. Chris says watch out.
Posted In: Investing

Day in the Work Life: A syrup story

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" we look at how folks trade their time for money. We run the tap with a maple farmer.
Posted In: Jobs

Buzzword: Strategic Petroleum Reserve

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 - "Strategic Petroleum Reserve." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for Friday, April 28, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on researching student loans, opening a Roth account for a minor, and finding the best stock simulation games.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

5K wish list

What if a small money windfall lands in your lap? Should you invest it? Spend it? Or save it? Money Magazine's Ellen McGirt tests out some options.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Hidden fees in 401Ks

It is a truth universally acknowledged that not all 401Ks are equal. Some charge high fees. Others have hidden fees. Kai Ryssdal talks with Kathy Kristof, who covers personal finance for the Los Angeles Times.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings

The Corner Office: Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy

Kai Ryssdal takes a page out of Anne Mulcahy's management book. The CEO of copier giant Xerox led the company's transformation from a has-been to a household name...again. She sits down with Kai for an interview.
Posted In: Jobs

The new American vacation

Map out the directions. Adjust the rearview mirror. And try not to spill the double-shot cappuccino on the leather interior. There's a media blitz to put you behind the wheel of an RV. Alex Cohen reports.

Grease lightning

Drivers want cheaper gas. So why not steer away from crude oil? Tess Vigeland investigates the cost of turning your car into a lean green vegetable oil driving machine.