Marketplace Money for February 21, 2004

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Marketplace Money for February 21, 2004
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The Straight Story: Owning Your Own Home

There is a lot of information out there on personal finance. Unfortunately, there's also a lot of disinformation out there. Money is complicated thing, and one of the things we do on Sound Money is help you make sense of it. The perfect guy to give you the Straight Story is our Economics Editor Chris Farrell. This week, Chris tackles the subject of owning your own home. It's the classic American Dream. The housing market is strong and a record 68 percent of us pay mortgages instead of rent these days. But should everyone own their own place? Check out Chris' answer...
Posted In: Housing
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Appraising the Apprentice

It's the hottest topic of conversation in the business world: The reality TV show featuring Donald Trump -- and his hair -- is called "The Apprentice." Marketplace reporter Matthew Algeo examines the hit show and takes stock of its offerings: reality or fantasy?
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Once Upon a Dime

Most people think of art museums as places to take in a little culture. It's where you look at paintings and sculpture -- not where you learn about credit cards or the stock market. But New Jersey's Newark Museum has decided to put money on display and, while they're at it, to teach people a thing or two about how to handle it. Correspondent Debra Galant visited the money show and filed this report.
Posted In: Economy
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Cable 101

The media's abuzz with stories of attempted cable TV company mergers and the Adelphia cable fraud trial. What better time to examine the most controversial aspect of cable: your bill -- and why it's so high. With the help of UCLA's George Geis, an expert on the history of the media biz, Kai channel-surfs through cable's past, present and future to get to the bottom of your bill's bottom line.
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The Buzz Word: Stock Swap

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance: Stock Swap. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing
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A Day in the Work Life: Telemarketer

Do you live to work ... or do you work to live? How people answer those questions got us at Sound Money thinking about the ways people work -- and why. Some jobs, you think, "Yeah, I could see myself doing that." Others -- not so much. Telemarketing, f'rinstance ...
Posted In: Jobs
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Where the Jobs Are

Kai Ryssdal started as a Navy Pilot and then worked as a diplomat in China. Now, he hosts a public radio program. It’s a job path he never imagined. But there is a government organization, called the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that tries to figure out where the jobs will be a decade from now. They have just released their latest educated guesses. Kai talks to Anthony Carnevale, vice president at Educational Testing Services, about how good the Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers are.
Posted In: Jobs
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Mail Bag for February 21, 2004

Each week, Kai reaches into the mailbag or delves into his hard drive and picks a few of your burning money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains: socially responsible investments; how to invest a large sum of money; who pays inheritance taxes; and what to do if a financial planner mismanages your money.
Posted In: Economy
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Change for a Buck

It’s the most wonderful-and most wretched word in the dictionary: change. What do you do when you are confronted with change? Kai talks to author and consultant Dr. Pam Klainer about dealing with the nuts and bolts of the c-word.

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