Marketplace Money for December 11, 2004

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Marketplace Money for December 11, 2004

"Day in the Work Life": Photographer

On this week's 'A Day In the Work Life'...our look at how folks trade their time for money...we take a peek through the lens of a New York City shutterbug.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Productivity

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance - "Productivity." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for December 11, 2004

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on staying away from pyramid schemes, investing money from the sale of a house, maxing out contributions on a 401k, and picking a self-employed retirement account.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Life Planning

Most of us have heard of financial planners. They help you manage your money. But is that enough? Life planners offer to merge your financial hopes with your life goals. Which planner might better serve you? Kai finds out from George Kinder, the author of the book "The Seven Stages of Money Maturity: Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life."
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings

Dollar Primer

We’ve received a lot of letters from listeners worried about the future of their investments and the declining dollar. But what does a weak dollar really mean? Zanny Minton Beddoes of the Economist Magazine offers some perspective.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Devil Shoppers

Ready for a quiz? Do you actively pursue bargains? Do you return purchases to get the better deal, not once, but twice? Do you only buy items with coupons? If you’ve answered “yes” to one of those questions, watch out. You might be on a store’s naughty list. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler examines a new strategy employed by stores to get devil shoppers out of their aisles.

Last Look

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Saving for College

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. Chris blows the whistle on the ever-expanding business devoted to saving for college.
Posted In: Savings

From the Money Matters Desk: 50 Gifts Under 50 Dollars

Kai says he's a horrible gift giver. But this December, he wants to mend his gifting-giving ways. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we help find that perfect gift without breaking the bank. Real Simple Magazine just came out with a guide... 50 gifts under 50 dollars. Managing Editor Kristin Van Ogtrop is here to help Kai... and you -- be a wiser and savvier gift buyer.

Volunteer Vacations

Most people take vacations to relax. But what about using your free time to help those less fortunate? Tamara Keith reports

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