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Marketplace Money for December 1, 2006

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Marketplace Money for December 1, 2006

Define middle class

Does the middle class exist anymore? Is it strictly a political term without any designation? John Dimsdale reports.

Who's getting swindled?

Identity theft is the fraud de jour, but old-fashioned con artists are still alive and well. A recent study looks at who's most susceptible -- and it's not always who you might think. Apryl Lundsten reports.

Bad dollar days

The dollar keeps on sliding. So is your pocketbook power about to take a beating? Harvard Professor Ken Rogoff joins Kai for a conversation.

Give the gift of investing

Looking for a practical and profitable holiday gift? Why not spread the joy of personal finance. Kai talks with Liz Pulliam Weston of MSN Money.
Posted In: Investing

e-Commerce 101

You can click your way to a better shopping experience. At least you don't have to park your car. But what constitutes a bargain? Kai finds out.

Mailbag for Friday, December 1, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on buying a ring, investing in a no-load mutual fund and starting a long term savings account.

Buzzword: Beige Book

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, Beige Book. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Day in the Work Life: A la carte

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our regular look at how folks trade time for money, we cook up a tale with a restaurateur.

Straight Story: Private push

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, public companies want to go private. Chris says follow the money.

Look ahead: Personal savings rate

What you need to know today about the personal savings rate. Are Americans really saving for a rainy day? Stacey Vanek-Smith does some digging.
Posted In: Savings