Marketplace Money for December 16, 2005

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Marketplace Money for December 16, 2005

Look Ahead for December 16, 2005

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Immigration

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." Immigration reform is spreading like wildfire. But, Chris won't fan the flames.

"Day in the Work Life": The Lord of the Rings

On today's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how folks trade time for money -- we exchange rings with a jewelry maker.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Doha

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

The Mailbag for December 16, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on finding socially responsible funds, setting up a household budget, and investing the holiday bonus.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matter's Desk: Disability and Work

The unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is almost 40 percent. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we learn how to improve the hiring process from Dan Ryan, the author <em>Jobsearch Handbook for People With Disabilities</em>.
Posted In: Jobs

411 on 529s

529s are the most popular way to save for college. But, beware of plans that operate with high fees and high investment risks. Kai gets a 529 education from Kathy Kristof, the author of <em>Taming the Tuition Tiger</em>.
Posted In: Savings

A Survivor's Guide to Travel

Don't let flight delays and weather woes derail your holiday trip. National Geographic ombudsman's Christopher Elliott tells Kai what to do when you're trapped in a travel nightmare.

Take Back Your Mailbox

You come home to it every day -- piles of flyers, pamphlets and solicitations stuffing your mailbox. But there are ways to junk the junk mail. David Welch reports.

Rating Retirement Software

There are many retirement calculators out there -- some free, some expensive, some simple, some sophisticated. Which programs will help you retire and what programs should be retired? Bill Poorman reports.
Posted In: Retirement