Marketplace Money for January 20, 2006

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Marketplace Money for January 20, 2006
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Look Ahead for January 20, 2006: Solid Gold

What you need to know today about next week.
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The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: It's the Economy, Stupid

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." This week, Chris debunks conventional economic wisdom. Lower unemployment and higher wages isn't a recipe for inflation. A better economy is cooking up.
Posted In: Economy
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"Day in the Work Life": The Jazz Player

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we play the scales with a jazz pianist.
Posted In: Jobs
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The "Buzzword": Bellwether Stock

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 -- "Bellwether Stock." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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Mailbag for January 20, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on calculating retirement savings, using a reverse mortgage, and deducting educational travel.
Posted In: Housing, Retirement
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From the Money Matters Desk: Car Lot

Going online could help you avoid <em>going</em> to the car dealership. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we learn the art of making a deal in the virtual world. Edmunds.com's Phillip Reed gives Tess the keys to online car shopping.
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Home Health Care Guide

Hiring a live-in caregiver is expensive and difficult. How can you get the best care for the people who need care? <em>Consumer Reports'</em> Amanda Walker offers a guide to the business of home health care.
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Cornering the Corner Office

Score one for the little guy. This week, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed some changes that will make it easier to know what the big boss in the corner office is making. But will it really help? Tess finds out from USC Law Professor Eric Talley.
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C Is for Cheap

There's nothing wrong with pinching pennies. But when does it cross the line? Are you being frugal or just a freak? Marty Goldensohn finds out.
Posted In: Savings
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Save to Spend?

Banks and credit card companies say they want to help you fill your piggy bank. But what will it cost you? Marketplace's Janet Babin reports.
Posted In: Savings

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