Marketplace Money for December 18, 2004

Episode Description 
Marketplace Money for December 18, 2004

The "Best Gift Ever"

Certain presents -- a beloved childhood toy, that first car, a special favor -- live on in our memory. In this series of vignettes we call the "Best Gift Ever," Marketplace's Cheryl Glaser talks to Maria Bartiromo, the Managing Editor of The <i>Wall Street Journal Report.</i>
Posted In: Charity

"Straight Story": President Bush's Economic Forum

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, President Bush held an economic forum at the White House. Chris shines a spotlight on one topic not on the agenda.
Posted In: Economy

From the Money Matters Desk: Mobile Phones

On this week's Money Matters... our regular look at how to improve your bottom line... we flip through the pages of your cell phone bill. How much is your coverage costing every month... and why? Kai deciphers the hidden fees and charges with Delly Tamer, a cellular expert.

"Educating Rico": Budgeting Dos and Don'ts

In this installment of our series 'Educating Rico', Our own Rico Gagliano makes some New Year’s Resolutions: be more efficient at work and learn the dos and don’ts of budgeting.
Posted In: Savings

"Day in the Work Life": 6th-Grade Teacher

On this week's 'A Day In the Work Life'... our look at how folks trade their time for money... we take attendance with a 6th grade teacher.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Air to Ground

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 - "Air to Ground." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for December 18, 2004

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on stuffing the holiday stocking with mutual funds, helping aging parents with retirement, and hedging against a falling dollar.
Posted In: Charity, Economy, Retirement

Investing Overseas

Last week, we tackled the question: What does a really weak dollar mean? This week, we continue our coverage on the declining dollar with a look at how to invest overseas. Christine Benz of Morningstar shares how to diversify... the smart way.
Posted In: Economy

Class Acts of 2004

It might feel like you're all alone when it comes to taking care of your money, but you do have help. The latest Money magazine has a list of the personal finance Class and Crass Acts of 2004. Kai checks up on who was naughty and nice.

Made in the USA

Can you really buy 100 percent Made in America products? And should you? Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy