Marketplace Money for February 17, 2006

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Marketplace Money for February 17, 2006

The Look Ahead for February 17, 2006

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: A Mutual Fund Marriage

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, BlackRock and Merrill Lynch plan to come together. Chris offers a toast
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life": Landscaper

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we dish the dirt with a landscaper.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Tax Shelter

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 -- "Tax Shelter." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Taxes

The Mailbag for February 17, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, advice on gifting stocks and bonds, planning an overseas retirement, and interest only mortgages.
Posted In: Charity, Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: E Is for Entrepreneur

Dreaming about being the lead rat in the rat race? How do ordinary folks -- like you and me -- become movers and shakers in the business world? A new book, "Starting from Scratch" charts the path of entrepreneurs. Author Wes Moss joins Kai for a conversation
Posted In: Jobs

A Coin for Your Thoughts

More folks are investing their brand new cash into antique pocket change. Coin expert Fred Weinberg schools Kai on the art of the deal.
Posted In: Investing

Real Estate Revolution

A new site promises to shake up the real estate world. Type in an address. Find out... everything. Kai assesses the consumer implications from Elizabeth Razzi, the author of the "Fearless Home Buyer."
Posted In: Housing

Courting a Mediator

Battles over child custody or land disputes don't have to end up in court. Reporter Brian Bull looks at a cheaper way to reach a mutual resolution.

Refund or Not to Refund

It feels so right, but could it be wrong? Does getting a tax refund mean you're a poor financial planner? Marketplace's Tess Vigeland reports.
Posted In: Taxes