Marketplace Money for December 9, 2005

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Marketplace Money for December 9, 2005

Look Ahead for December 9, 2005

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Following the Curve

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." Where can you find hints about our economic future? The stock market? The bond market? The Fed? All of the above? Chris does the math.
Posted In: Economy

"Day in the Work Life": Manga Artist

On this week's Day in the Work Life -- our regular look at how folks trade their time for money -- we present an audio sketch of a comic book artist.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Seat

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 -- "Seat" You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

The Mailbag for December 9, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on investing in a life insurance annuity, using a prenuptial agreement, and securing a retirement cushion as a General Motors retiree.
Posted In: Investing, Jobs, Retirement

Financial Tune Up

How can you maximize your retirement account mileage? And when should you slam the brakes on financial services fees? Certified financial planner Jill Gianola puts our finances through a test drive.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Last Minute Tax Tips

Don’t let Uncle Sam walk all over your wallet. Tax expert Frank Degan offers year-end tax tips.
Posted In: Investing, Taxes

From the Money Matters Desk: Mean Girls

The glass ceiling might have been shattered. But is there another all-female barrier? On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- Nan Mooney shares insight from her new book, Why Women Betray Other Women at Work.
Posted In: Jobs

Off Ramping

Many moms have taken a detour from the fast track to stay home with their kids. But what happens when they want to merge back into their career? Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Happy Hi-Tech Holidays

Some of the most popular gift items this season are electronic -- computers, digital cameras, home media centers. But once you rip the wrap off, how do you get it to work? We sent <em>Marketplace’s</em> Jeff Tyler to find out the tricks of tech support.

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