Marketplace Money for February 12, 2005

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Marketplace Money for February 12, 2005

Look Ahead

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Budget Blues

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. This week, Chris sings the budget blues.
Posted In: Economy

From the Money Matters Desk: Spyware

Whether you know it or not, you probably have unwanted and harmful software on our computers. Called "Spyware," it can cause damage even when your computer is off. On this week's Money Matters-- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line-- we combat spyware with Robert Stephens, the founder and Chief Inspector of The Geek Squad.

A Martini Proposal

One hundred dollars... that's how much the average consumer shells out on Valentine’s Day. But if you plan on bending down on one knee, the bill gets a bit bigger. Karen Pelland reports on the skyrocketing cost of popping the question.

"Day in the Work Life": A Doggy Dog World

You can catch the opening night of the Westminster Dog Show on Monday. Last year's broadcast drew a record 7 and a half million viewers. On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our regular look at how folks trade their time for money... we learn a few tricks from a canine therapist.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Evil Twin

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 - "Evil Twin." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for February 12, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on avoiding mutual fund fees, talking to a parent about money, and researching index funds.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Savings Tips

Are you searching for the cheapest gas? Or are you considering a gym membership? Real Simple’s Kristin VanOgtrop shares her timeline tips. Find out when to seek out the bargains.

Wal-Mart's Wallet

Wal-Mart has had its image tarnished in the last year. Workers have sued, alleging gender discrimination. Local governments have claimed the store's lack of health benefits end up overburdening public health programs. But maybe Wal-Mart's latest endeavor into banking will change all that.
Posted In: Jobs

State of the Unions

Unions are facing declining membership and declining power - so, does joining a union make a difference when it comes to your work? Marketplace's Jeff Tyler looks at what members get out of unions and what unions are doing to lure members.
Posted In: Jobs

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