Marketplace Money for January 22, 2005

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Marketplace Money for January 22, 2005

Look Ahead

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Savings as Economic Engine

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 does the math to debunk the myth of "savings as economic engine."
Posted In: Savings

From the Money Matters Desk: Online Banking

Want to stamp out the need for stamps? Or diminish the pile of bills on your dining room table? On this week’s Money Matters-- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line--financial author Ilyce Glink talks about the pros and... pros of on-line banking.

"Educating Rico": Health Care

In this installment of our series 'Educating Rico', our own Rico Gagliano is on mission. Can he uncover the mysteries of finding affordable health insurance for individuals?

"Day in the Work Life": Park Ranger

On today's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how folks trade time for money -- we take a hike with a park ranger.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Free File

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 - "Free File." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for January 22, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on selecting a self-employed retirement account, consolidating 403b accounts, and preparing for bad news in the market.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Investing in Commodities

Interested in parking some money in pork barrels? Or what about oil or soybeans? Commodities expert, Jim Rogers, gives the 411 on the best way not to lose your shirt.
Posted In: Investing

Does the CEO Matter?

Time to take the corporate perp walk. This week jury selection started in the trial of former World Com CEO Bernard Ebbers. And former Tyco Chief, Dennis Kozlowski, is being re-tried for allegedly stealing $600 million of company money. It makes you wonder - how much does a CEO matter anyway? Harvard Business School’s Rakesh Khurana, gives Kai a tutorial.

The AMT

Tax season is creeping ever closer. This year, more people than ever are going to be hit by an old tax called the Alternative Minimum Tax. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli finds out what it is…and what it might mean for your tax bill.

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