Marketplace Money for Friday, August 3, 2007

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Marketplace Money for Friday, August 3, 2007

Straight Story: Unfair taxes

This week, economics editor Chris Farrell ponders why some big money earners pay a much less ratio of taxes when compared with other Americans.

Be prepared for an emergency

Many people don't plan for emergencies until they've already happened. Save yourself from crisis mode by clicking through Marketplace Money's stories on disaster-proofing.

Summer School: Short sale

This week, we learn the meaning of a short sale.
Posted In: Investing

The benefits of ETFs

Oil prices are soaring again and that's good news for the people who invested in oil --- probably bad news for drivers. What's one way to be more of the former and less of the latter? Something called an ETF. Marketplace's Jill Barshay reports.
Posted In: Investing

We listen to listeners

Tess Vigeland checks in with a few listeners, who wrote us with feedback on the P/E ratio, the high costs of the wedding industry and avoiding credit card offers.

Living within the community

One solution to homeownership that's gaining in traction in the U.S. is something called co-housing. Originally created in Denmark, there have been over 100 projects already completed. Marketplace's Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Savings

State help for troubled homeowners

A number of states are trying to alleviate the pressure on troubled homeowners by creating a fund to help homeowners refinance out of mortgages they can't afford. Tess talks to Chris Mayer from the Columbia Business School about it.

Buzzword: Merger Monday

Wall Street professionals knew to expect the big merger announcements -- and occasionally good news -- on the first business day of the week. But these days, Monday's not always so sunny.
Posted In: Investing

Day in the Work Life: Military consultant

What it's like to risk your life? Professional Navy SEAL trainer Don Mann shows us the ropes.
Posted In: Jobs

Know your worth in the job market

Prospective employees have a right to know what they're worth in the job market. Alisa Roth shows us how salary websites can help your research and why you might also want to be careful about the numbers.
Posted In: Jobs

Mailbag for Friday, August 3, 2007

Chris Farrell covers investing an annuity, buying a short sale home and getting your name off a credit card account.
Posted In: Investing