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Marketplace Money for February 28, 2004

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Marketplace Money for February 28, 2004

A Day in the Work Life: Writer's assistant, <i>Will & Grace</i>

Each week in our "Day in the Work Life" segment, we take a closer look at the way some of us make a buck. In this week's installment, we eavesdrop on a writer’s assistant who works on the television show "Will & Grace."
Posted In: Jobs

Kitchen table economics

Super Tuesday is next week. We thought we'd check in on the two main Democratic frontrunners, Sen. John Kerry from Massachusetts and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. Hear more about how their proposed economic policies would affect your bottom line.
Posted In: Economy

Greenspan in translation

This and every week, we have our economics editor Chris Farrell here to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid, and what's the "Straight Story." The most important banker on the planet was on tour this week. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was on stage everywhere, running through his personal playlist: everything from mortgages to Social Security to Medicare to the deficit. What is Greenspan up to?
Posted In: Economy

Book: "Jennifer Government"

Imagine living in a world where the name of your employer becomes your last name, taxes are illegal, crimes are only investigated if you're willing to pay out-of-pocket, and American corporations rule. Welcome to the world created by author Max Barry in his comic thriller "Jennifer Government" and find out what can be learned about the real world from his book.

Raising children and personal finance: A conversation with Eric Tyson

How do you budget for children? How do you think about balancing life with work? Can you make your family work financially if one parent decides to stay home? These are some of the questions we started thinking about after our host, Kai Ryssdal, welcomed his third child into the world this week. Check out Kai's interview with Eric Tyson, a personal finance counselor and the author of "Personal Finance for Dummies."
Posted In: Investing

The buzz word: Consumer sentiment

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <i>Sound Money</i> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance, "consumer sentiment." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Real estate and the single woman

More and more women are investing in real estate before finding a mate. The National Association of Realtors reports single women are the second largest group of homeowners, behind couples. Reporter Ashley Milne-Tyte spoke with some women about why they chose to buy a place on their own.

Bubble bubble, is there trouble?

Stock market color commentators have been debating the existence of the B-word. Reporter Lisa Napoli sorts out the meaning of the word "bubble" and tells what you should do when you hear it.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

The numbers for February 28, 2004

Our regular weekly segment of the business news of the week. Kai tells you the numbers and what it means for your wallet.
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for Febraury 28, 2004

Each week, we pick a few of your burning money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains: when it's OK to shred your old financial documents, how to talk about financial issues with aging parents, the ins and outs of real estate investment trusts, and whether it makes sense to put a little bit of money toward a lot of debt.
Posted In: Investing