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Marketplace Money for August 11, 2006

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Straight Story: Interest Rates

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, the Federal Reserve decided not to raise interest rates for the 18th consecutive time. Chris offers his own pause.

Day in the Work Life: Bodyguard

On this week's A Day In the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we protect our interests with a bodyguard.

Buzzword: Smart pig

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: Smart pig. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, August 11, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on investing online, finding a financial planner, and managing debt.

Kids and your golden years

It is hard enough to save for retirement. But how do you save for your senior years when your kids are seniors in high school? Money Magazine's Ellen McGirt talks about the dollar dilemmas facing older parents.

Money Matters: Lost and found

Billions of dollars of unclaimed property could be yours. Want to know how to get that money back? Kai talks with Jeb Spaulding, the past president of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators.

Sandwich generation

Millions of baby-boomers have become part of the "sandwich generation" -- taking care of both their kids and their elderly parents. Apryl Lundsten has the story.

Pension bill

Congress just passed a sweeping pension reform bill. Scott Tong reports on the changes in store for your retirement plan.