Marketplace Money for December 2, 2005

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Marketplace Money for December 2, 2005

Look Ahead for December 2, 2005

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Don't Hedge Bets

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." Hedge funds are feasting on investments from pensioners. Chris says it's a recipe for disaster.
Posted In: Investing, Jobs

From the Money Matters Desk: Trading in Your Car

On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- how to get the most out of your motor? Edmunds.com's Philip Reed takes us inside the car dealership.

"Day in the Work Life": Judge

On today's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how folks trade time for money -- we sit on the bench with a Superior Court Judge.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": E Proxy

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 -- "E Proxy." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

The Mailbag for December 2, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on investing in a health savings account, sending money overseas to family, and using a home equity loan for house repairs.
Posted In: Investing

Grading Giving

A lot of charities get the bulk of their donations during the holiday season. Before you give, hear what <em>Chronicle of Philanthropy's</em> Stacy Palmer says about researching charitable organizations.
Posted In: Charity

"Educating Rico": Investment Risk

In the latest installment of Educating Rico, our hero wants a safe place to put his hard-earned cash. Is there a magical account with the rewards of interest without the danger of risk? Rico goes searching.
Posted In: Investing

Bagging Your Broker

High commission costs? Pathetic portfolio? Too many trades? Those are just three reasons why you might want to give your broker the boot. <em>Consumer Reports'</em> Marlys Harris explains when it is time write walking papers.
Posted In: Investing

Portfolio Progress

Before you ring in the New Year, you might want to ring up your financial planner. Alex Cohen finds out how to do a year-end portfolio review.
Posted In: Investing