Marketplace Money for April 9, 2005

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Marketplace Money for April 9, 2005

From the Money Matters Desk: To Roth or Not to Roth

How do you choose between a Roth IRA or a traditional IRA? One might save you money on your tax bill, but the other might save you money for the future. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we get the answer from IRA expert Ed Slott.
Posted In: Investing

The Best Deduction Ever: Mustang Makeover

One way to lower your taxes is to take a deduction. In celebration of that idea, we offer the last installment in our series "The Best Deduction Ever." This week, an accountant puts the brakes on a Mustang makeover.
Posted In: Taxes

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Are the Mortgage Giants Becoming Too Big?

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, Chris cuts Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac down to size.

The Color of Money: The Hong Kong Dollar

In 1997, the British gave Hong Kong back to China. To outsiders, Hong Kong's cultural and political life is just as complicated. Just take a look at its currency. On this installment of our occasional series "the Color of Money," reporter Judith Ritter examines the Hong Kong dollar.

"Day in the Work Life": Enrolled Agent

If you still haven't filed your tax return, you might be starting to feel a sense of panic. But don't worry -- it could be worse. You could need an enrolled agent. On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our weekly look at how folks trade their time for money... we take pointers from a man who defends clients against the IRS.
Posted In: Jobs, Taxes

The "Buzzword": Whisper Number

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 -- "Whisper Number." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for April 9, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on buying mortgage protection insurance, opening up a joint savings account, choosing a reverse mortgage, and using the earned income tax credit.
Posted In: Savings, Taxes

Doughnut Insurance -- A Hole New Type of Coverage

A new type of health insurance could cut costs for families and small businesses. But is it a healthy choice for everyone? Kai talks with insurance broker and patient advocate, Sean Corry, about what’s inside the doughnut plan.

IPOh!: A Surge in Initial Public Offerings

Through the end of March... initial public offerings brought in just over ten billion dollars. That's up almost 50 percent from a year ago... and it's the highest dollar amount in five years. Linda Killian explains the comeback.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Higher Interest Rates and You

Short-term interest rates are on the way up and look to keep heading in that direction. How do rising rates affect your mortgage, your debt and your student loans? Marketplace’s Rachel Dornhelm has the story.

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