Marketplace Money for April 29, 2005

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Marketplace Money for April 29, 2005
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Letters for April 29, 2005

Time to read from our letters inbox. Don’t miss the missives.
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The "Buzzword": Open Outcry

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 - "Open Outcry." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy
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"Day in the Work Life": Pastry Chef

This week, three Americans won the World Cup of Baking championship in Paris. The competition is a grueling eight-hour event, requiring teams to bake more than 80 baguettes, 90 pastries, and 160 mini-sandwiches. On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our regular look at how folks trade their time for money... a puff piece on a pastry chef.
Posted In: Jobs
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The Mailbag for April 29, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on spending a tax refund, investing in a self-directed IRA, and cashing in on college savings.
Posted In: Investing, Taxes
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The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: The Government's Not So Friendly Plan

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. This week: a government agency is bailing out United Airlines. Chris wants the idea grounded.
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Psyching Out a Personality Test

If you've been in the work force for a decent length of time, chances are you've taken something called Myers Briggs or some other personality test. The tests are supposed to help you relate your "inner you" to your co-workers. But what do these tests actually say about your work style? And can they help you get or lose a job? Author and business consultant Michael Laskoff gives Kai a cheat sheet...
Posted In: Jobs
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From the Money Matters Desk: All Your Worth

If you only just decided to make a budget, don't worry. It's not too late to get cookin'. Here to help Kai count financial calories is author Amelia Tyagi. Her new book has tips on how to make and stick to a financial diet.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement
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Oil at $100 a Barrell?

Soaring crude oil costs have sweetened profits at major oil companies, but have left other businesses and consumers troubled. This week, President Bush called on Congress to pass his energy bill, which he claims will increase supplies of oil and energy. But can more refineries really curb rising oil prices? Author Stephen Leeb offers a different scenario.
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Educating Rico: Currency Exchange

In our latest installment of Educating Rico, our protagonist plans a summer vacation. But before he packs his bags, and a calculator, he decides to get schooled on foreign exchange rates.
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Trains, Bikes and Automobiles... Commuting in America

Sales of hybrid cars almost doubled last year, according to one study released last Monday. Toyota's Prius dominates the U.S. market, accounting for roughly 65 percent of hybrid purchases. Some say higher gas prices are pushing drivers to consider cars with better gas mileage. But what would it take for you to get out of your car completely? Marketplace reporter Jeff Tyler hit the road to find out.

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