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Marketplace Money for January 1, 2005

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Marketplace Money for January 1, 2005

Look Ahead

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Chris' Financial Resolutions

It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Chris shares his financial resolutions.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Extended Warranties

Did you buy a big-ticket appliance for the holidays? If you did, the store clerk probably offered an extended warranty. Do you say yes or no? What's the financially smart answer? Kai finds out the answer from Kristen Van Ogtrop, the Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine.

Best of "Educating Rico": Index Funds

'Sound Money' Associate Producer Rico Gagliano has spent the last year or so getting educated about finance. This being the end of the year, it seems fitting to take a look back at how our protagonist has progressed. Here's the second installment of the series... It's all about index funds.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

"Day in the Work Life": Football Coach

On this week's 'A Day In the Work Life'... our look at how folks trade their time for money... we pace the sidelines with a college football coach.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": January Effect

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 - "January Effect." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for January 1, 2005: Frequently Asked Questions – Part Two

This week, we air our final special mailbag full of the "Most Frequently Asked" questions from listeners. Listen to Chris' advice on 401k rollovers, managing money in a relationship, and diversifying your stock portfolio.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Consumer Report on Wedding Gifts

In this New Year's Best of show, we take you back to June to listen to the interview that brought a slew of listener mail in 2004... Eighty-five dollars. That's the average amount spent on a wedding gift according to the association of bridal consultants. Carley Roney, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the wedding web site theknot.com, dishes the dirt on wedding gift etiquette.

Economic Round Table

2004 is history. Time to assess the year gone by... and try to figure out what might lie in the financial future. For help, Kai has invited some learned folk for a discussion. Gary Shilling writes for Forbes magazine. Janet Bodnar is the Executive Editor at Kiplinger's Personal Finance. And our own economics editor Chris Farrell joins the conversation.
Posted In: Economy