Marketplace Money for April 3, 2004

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Marketplace Money for April 3, 2004
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"The Buzz Word": Expensing options

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 - expensing options. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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Factoid: Profitting from the pump

Think gas prices are too high, toss inflation into the equation.
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Profitting from the pump

Seems every day this week gas prices hit another high. Stephen Leeb writes in his new book The Oil Factor that those spiking gas prices are here to stay, but there is a way to stock your portfolio to ride out what he says is a burgeoning economic crisis.
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Gay Marriage

Despite legislative attempts to stop gay marriage in Massachusetts, many same-sex couples in the Bay State will try to get hitched starting May 17th. That's the date set by a historic ruling in the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports that marrying in Massachusetts might not level the financial playing field.
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Mutual funds update

It's been about six months since New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer first announced his mutual fund investigation. It's time for an update. Don Phillips from the fund rating company Morningstar tells us where things stand for the mutual fund industry.
Posted In: Investing, Savings
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"Day in the Work Life": Come fly with me

Flight attendants have come a long way since the days of coffee, tea, or me. First of all, some of them are men. And it's a profession now -- with benefits and everything. On this week's installment of our regular series "A Day In the Work Life," we take to the skies.
Posted In: Jobs
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Mailbag for April 3, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, we focus on credit card debt and explain: credit scores, emergency savings vs. credit card pay-off, how brown-bagging it could make you richer, finding a good credit counseling group, and strategies for paying off debt faster.
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The Numbers for April 3, 2004

It's time for the numbers. Each week Kai Ryssdal brings you the business news you didn't know you needed.
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Turning off the credit

The average consumer has access to more than $12,000 of unsecured credit. But what if you decided to get off credit altogether? Can you function off the plastic grid? From the New York bureau of public radio's business program Marketplace, Bob Moon has our story.
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"Straight Story": Jobs, jobs, jobs

This and every week, we have our Economics Editor Chris Farrell here to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid, and what's the "Straight Story." The Housing and Urban Development Department had a plan to deal with streamlining closing costs. The Labor Department just released the March Job Report. Chris tells you what the numbers really mean.
Posted In: Jobs

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