Marketplace Money for December 8, 2006

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Marketplace Money for December 8, 2006

What holiday bonus?

Fewer workers are collecting holiday cash bonuses these days. Some folks will be treated to small token gifts -- so is that better than nothing? Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Secret philanthropist

Half of all charitable donations are made during the holiday season. Amy Radil profiles a donor who gives in secret.
Posted In: Charity

Holiday office party dos and don'ts

Before you make merry at your holiday office gathering, take a listen to this party primer by the Marketplace Players.

Real-life Pursuit of Happyness

Hollywood is buzzing about the new Will Smith movie. He plays a man who overcomes homelessness and single fatherhood to become a financial success. Seems like a modern fairytale . . . except it's all true. It's based on the real life of Chris Gardner.

Redeeming advice for frequent fliers

Travel isn't the only thing you can buy with your miles, but which rewards give you the best value? Kai talks to Tim Winship, the co-founder of

Mutual fund review

Small caps gained. Emerging markets sputtered. FTN's Chris Low reviews the year in mutual funds.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for Friday, December 8, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on applying for a job with a poor credit score, teaching kids about money and withdrawing money from a retirement account.

Buzzword: Open Skies

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, Open Skies. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Day in the Work Life: Serving others

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our regular look at how folks trade time for money, we team up with a director of a women's shelter.

Straight Story: The wage gap

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. The Labor Department reports the gender gap is closing. But Chris isn't happy.

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