Marketplace Money for January 15, 2005

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Marketplace Money for January 15, 2005

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The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Corporate Values

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 wants to provide a little <i>positive reinforcement</i> for the enforcement of corporate values.

From the Money Matters Desk: Bonuses

The checks from holiday bonuses are just now clearing the banks. And while the extra cash may make for a merry holiday season, author and work consultant Michael Laskoff tells Kai that a bonus may not always be a good thing, especially when it’s in place of a raise.
Posted In: Jobs

Resume Creep

Is it time to fact-check your own resume? If you're job hunting, you shouldn't hide your light under a shell, but you shouldn't overstate your wattage either. Reporter Tanya Ott asks, are you really fluent in Spanish?
Posted In: Jobs

"Day in the Work Life": Lobbyist

Jack and Jill went up the hill…to talk to Congress. On today's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how folks trade time for money -- we go to Capitol Hill with a lobbyist.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Paris Club

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 - "Paris Club." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Charity, Economy

Mailbag for January 15, 2004

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: how to plan care for a special needs relative, and whether to buy a house outright if you have the cash.

Property Taxes

Booming real estate prices are good news for property owners... except for: higher property taxes. Kai asks Money Magazine reporter Jon Birger about how to keep your property tax bill in check. And what to do if you think your tax bill is too high.

PBGC Reform

The Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation is the government agency that funds private pensions when companies go belly up. But, if the PBGC goes bankrupt, that could mean American workers would get just pennies on the dollar from their pensions. To prevent that, the PBGC is looking at possible reforms... Kai talks to pensions wonk Douglas Elliot about how the changes could affect workers.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Job Retraining

On Friday, Oracle announced thousands of layoffs at PeopleSoft, now that the merger has gone through. Tech isn’t the only sector where jobs are being lost. Airline workers are now threatened, and major layoffs could mean major retraining efforts for tens of thousands of employees. Or not. Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Jobs

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