Marketplace Money for August 25, 2006

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Marketplace Money for August 25, 2006

Smarter health care shopping

What you need to know today about the executive order the President just signed. It's supposed to make it easier to be a smart health care shopper.

Straight Story: Is the US headed for bankruptcy?

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: Americans are getting older and entitlements, like Social Security and Medicare, will cost more. But Chris doesn't buy the doomsday projection.

Day in the Work Life: Beach art

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we contemplate castles made of sand with a seaside sculptor.

Buzzword: Sacrifice ratio

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: Sacrifice ratio. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, August 25, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on establishing credit after bankruptcy, investing in a life insurance annuity and banking with foreign banks.

Money Matters: Nursing homes

It's one of the toughest decisions you'll ever face: When to put a loved one in a nursing home?Before you sign on the dotted line, you've got to do your homework. Kai talks with Trudy Lieberman of Consumer Reports.

Rise of the working parent

Working parents are turning the tables on their employers. They want more time off to spend with their children. And they're ready to make their personal fight political. Hillary Wicai reports.
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Me and my emergency plan

Carol Tosczak has survived a hurricane. She's experienced the aftermath of a fire destroying her business. Carol talks with Kai about what it takes to rebuild your financial life.

Emergency money checklist

Should you keep cash in the house? Do you need original documents or will copies suffice? Financial expert Neil Elmouchi explains what to keep in mind when preparing for the unexpected.

Are you ready for the unexpected?

So you've procrastinated for months. That emergency financial plan is still on your to-do list. Where should you start? Rachel Dornhelm finds out.

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