Marketplace Money for August 18, 2006

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Marketplace Money for August 18, 2006

Educating Rico: The car lot

Associate Producer Rico Gagliano is back with another installment of our series, Educating Rico. This time, our hero buys a used car. And he brakes for the bad news.

More on unclaimed property

What you need to know about companies that claim they've found your unclaimed property.

Straight Story: Supply side

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. 25 years ago, President Reagan signed the Economic Recovery Tax Act. Did it change the economy for the better? Chris supplies an analysis of Reaganomics.

Day in the Work Life: Under the sea

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we splash around with an aquarist.

Buzzword: Wind versus water

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, wind versus water. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

The Yankees' long bonds

The New York Yankees have issued bonds to raise money for new stadiums. Will the offering turn investors into fans? Kai interviews Jodi Hecht from Standard and Poor's.

Mailbag for Friday, August 18, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on setting sail during your golden years, paying back the IRS and saving for retirement in a self-employed fund.

Money Matters: Tax changes

Grab a pen and hang on to your calculator -- there's some new tax law to figure out. Kai talks with Frank Degan, the past president of the National Association of Enrolled Tax Agents.

Back to school . . . with credit?

Should your kid get a credit card in college? And how should you teach them to balance their checkbook? Kiplinger's Janet Bodnar gives us a crash course in college finances.

Downsize my space

The cost of keeping a home has become too costly for some -- so when it comes to housing, small is the new big. Bob Moon reports on moving down the property ladder.
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