Marketplace Money for August 4, 2006

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Marketplace Money for August 4, 2006

Straight Story: The long view

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 addresses what's needed in corporate America.

Day in the Work Life: Behind the curtain

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we pull some strings with a puppeteer.

Buzzword: Foreign Assistance Act

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, Foreign Assistance Act. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, August 4, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on becoming financially independent, investing in international bonds and participating in a 1031 exchange.

Keeping your cool

The heat wave continues across much of the United States. Kai finds out how ordinary folks are stretching their energy dollars. Quilts, anyone?

Money Matters: Breaking up with a broker

You buy a stock. Your broker gets a commission no matter if the stock dips or doubles. Some say it is time to change that system. Kai sits down with securities lawyer Bill Singer.

Stop thief!

Carolyn Kellogg once had a lovely purse. It was stolen -- along with her wallet, keys and credit cards. She uncovers the cost of restoring her purse strings.

Debt collectors' new tactics

It's not about the big debts anymore. Companies now want consumers to pony up even if the debt is small. Kai talks with Walter Robinson of the Boston Globe about the changing business of debt collection.

Selling in a soft market

You want to sell your home, but you don't want the price to sink in the softening market. How do you protect yourself? Janet Babin reports.
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