Marketplace Money for January 29, 2005

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Marketplace Money for January 29, 2005

Defining Social Security

To change or not to change? That's the question facing the nation's 70-year-old Social Security system. It got us here at Sound Money wondering: what is Social Security? How does it work? Sound Money's Matthew Algeo reports on Social Security's past and present.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

Look Ahead

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Penny Stocks

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. We offer a penny for Chris' thoughts on penny stocks.
Posted In: Investing

"Money Matters": Teens and the Luxury Market

The luxury market has been booming lately. What is a shocker is who's purchasing: Teens and tweens. Chief Brand strategist, Eli Portnoy, takes us shopping.

Remaking Home Ec

During his second inaugural address, President Bush renewed his call for a so-called ownership society. What does that mean for you? Shouldering more responsibility-in terms of your investments, retirement accounts, and health insurance. Reporter Bill Poorman examines how one class -- home economics -- might help.
Posted In: Economy, Retirement, Savings

"Day in the Work Life": Video Game Tester

Annual revenue for the gaming industry? Ten billion bucks. That's more than the movie biz. On this week's "A Day In the Work Life," our regular look at how folks trade time for money, we meet an employee who gets paid to play.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Delist

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

Mailbag for January 29, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on using your flex spending account, choosing between renting and buying, and selecting the right savings vehicle.
Posted In: Savings

Email Etiquette

Do you send emails rife with typos? Forward amusing jokes on to co-workers? You might be guilty of bad netiquette -- online etiquette. Judith Kallos is a technology consultant and author of "Because Netiquette Matters." She explains the rules of polite digital correspondence.

Car Incentives

Carmakers are offering dozens of vehicle models this year, with all kinds of incentives attached. How do you steer your way to finding the car that's best for your pocketbook?'s Philip Reed takes the wheel.

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