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Marketplace Money for February 3, 2006

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Marketplace Money for February 3, 2006

The Look Ahead for February 3, 2006

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Poorest Generation?

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, a new book says twenty and thirty-somethings are financially worse off than their parents. Chris isn't buying it.

The "Buzzword": A-Shares

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

The Mailbag for February 3, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, advice on deducting a film shoot, getting a graduate degree, and using a debit card to improve a credit score.
Posted In: Taxes

Before You're Six Feet Under

More than half of all Americans don't have a basic will. But dying without an estate plan could create a financial and emotional hassle for your loved ones. Joining Kai to discuss estate planning is Elizabeth Arnold, the author of the new book, <em>Creating the Good Will.</em>
Posted In: Retirement

From the Money Matters Desk: Ahead of the Curve

Do you want to predict the stock market? What number should you care about? Unemployment rate? Consumer Confidence? On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- author Joseph Ellis talks about the market's bottom line.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

The Chronicles of Enron

We all know the saying "don't put all your eggs in one basket." But workers are still way too invested in their own company's stock. MSN Money's Liz Pulliam Weston explains the danger of ignoring the lesson of Enron.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Living Kid Free

There's a new American dream. The picket fence is still there. So is the hope of a nice career. But, you might not find the 2.5 kids playing in the backyard. Alex Cohen reports.

Harm or Heal?

Health Saving Accounts -- the new trend in health care -- are supposed to help you sock away money for when you get sick. But do they really work? You might want to know because President Bush is looking to push these programs. <em>Marketplace's</em> Hillary Wicai reports.

"Day in the Work Life": Pool Player

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