Marketplace Money for August 21, 2004

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Marketplace Money for August 21, 2004

VoIP's Buzz

It's hard to believe, but just a little more than 20 years ago, making a telephone call was a simple exercise. After all, there was only one phone company: AT&T. Now, we have VoIP, a way to make phone calls over the Internet. It's being hyped as the "next big thing" in telecommunications. But is it? Matthew Algeo gives us the lowdown.
Posted In: Savings

Movin' Right Along

Forty three million people are going to move this year -- that's a sixth of the entire American population. There's more to moving than the obvious cost of the truck and boxes. Sound Money reporter Lisa Napoli unpacks what you need to know.
Posted In: Economy

Take Back Your Time

Circle this date on your calendar: October 24th. That's the date of the second annual Take Back Your Time day, a campaign dedicated to drawing attention to the lives of American workers. Kai speaks to John deGraaf, the National Coordinator for the campaign.
Posted In: Jobs

Vox Populi - What I would do with more time

Folks in D.C. share what they would do with an extra 10 hours during the week.

"Straight Story": Economic doom

It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Are we headed towards economic doom? Chris isn’t panicking.
Posted In: Economy

"Day in the Work Life": Self-defense Instructor

On this week's installment of "A Day in the Work Life" -- our look at how folks trade time for money -- we learn from a self-defense instructor who teaches her students how to be safe... rather than sorry.
Posted In: Jobs

Iowa's Political Futures

Got some cash to invest? Why not stake money in the upcoming presidential race? Just go to the Iowa Electronic Market, and the choice between Bush and Kerry plays out in a real money futures market. Kai speaks to Dan Gross, who has written about this market for Slate and The New York Times.
Posted In: Investing

"Buzzword": Directed Brokerage

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: "directed brokerage." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Mailbag for August 21, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on using a student loan, avoiding fraudulent work schemes, and saving a down payment.
Posted In: Jobs

From the Money Matters Desk: An investment report on finding a fee-only financial planner

On this week's "Money Matters" -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we tackle the question: How to find a fee-only financial planner? We've called on Elizabeth Jetton, president of the Financial Planning Association, to assist.
Posted In: Investing, Savings