Marketplace Money for February 26, 2005

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Marketplace Money for February 26, 2005

Letter for February 26, 2005

Time to read from our letters inbox. Don’t miss the missives.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Gas Tax

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, Chris has a solution for our nation's dependence on gas. He’s banking his political career on it.
Posted In: Economy

From the Money Matters Desk: Greenback Travel

Need a vacation? Europe and Australia might be out of the question because of the dollar's decline. Don't fret. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we go to vacation destinations where the greenback is always... greener. Travel and Leisure's style director, Laura Begley, joins us.
Posted In: Economy

"Educating Rico": Micro Windfall

What happens when you come into a small amount of cash? Should you save it? Spend it? Invest it? In this installment of our series 'Educating Rico', our own Rico Gagliano comes into a (micro) windfall.
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life": Actor

There's the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards. And then there's real life. On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our regular look at how folks trade their time for money... we go over lines with a working actor.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Yield Curve

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

Mailbag for February 26, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on picking the right college fund, selling stocks to buy big ticket items, and cashing out an IRA.
Posted In: Investing

A Short Interview on "Shorting"

For those of you who fancy the idea of profiting from an overvalued stock... make sure you know what investment strategy to use. Kiplinger's Jeff Kosett explains the highs and lows of shorting.
Posted In: Investing

Behavioral Buzz

This week, the price of crude oil topped more than $50. Same high price as last time, but where was the high hysteria? It got us wondering. What are the economic factors that influence our behavior? Professor Meir Statman offers his take.
Posted In: Economy

Bankruptcy Changes

Credit card companies and banks want to make filing for personal bankruptcy more difficult. This year, they might get their way. Congress is looking at legislation that could make it tougher for individuals to start over. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

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