Marketplace Money for April 7, 2006

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Marketplace Money for April 7, 2006

The Look Ahead for April 7, 2006

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Bay State Reform

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: Massachusetts has a new plan to make health insurance available to all its residents. Chris says the Feds should take notice.

"Day in the Work Life": The Hills Are Alive

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we sing lyrics with a songwriter.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Pig Book

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 - "Pig Book." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for April 7, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, we tackle tax season with a special mailbag devoted to everything you need to know: advice on writing off business expenses, gifting money to grandchildren, and deducting home improvement costs.
Posted In: Charity, Taxes

Office Talk

Synergy. Culture. Fire Drill. Water cooler. Those words take on new meanings at the workplace. Author Lois Beckwith schools us on corporate speak.
Posted In: Jobs

From the Money Matters Desk: Energy Tax Credits

It is never too early to start planning for next year's tax bill. Kateri Callahan is the president of the Alliance to Save Energy. She tells Kai how consumers can get tax credits for conserving energy.
Posted In: Taxes

Alternative Minimum Mayhem

Millions of taxpayers are getting a rude awakening this tax season. It's called the AMT and it ain't pretty. Kai interviews Clint Stretch from Deloitte Tax LLP.
Posted In: Investing

Saving a Cracked Nest Egg

Congress may soon come to the rescue of employees who lose their nest eggs when their company goes belly up. But there's a catch. Bente Birkeland reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

The ARM Strikes Back

Homebuyers took advantage of low interest rates the last several years by getting adjustable rate mortgages. Now rising interest rates spell: bigger, monthly mortgage payments. Marketplace's Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Housing

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