Marketplace Money for July 21, 2006

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Marketplace Money for July 21, 2006

Do you need rental car insurance?

What you need to know today about insuring your vacations ahead.

Straight Story: Inflation politics

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 says the Fed has more power to fight inflation than some critics believe.
Posted In: Economy

Day in the Work Life: Fiddling around

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we tune up with a violin maker.

Buzzword: Burnable movies

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance: burnable movies. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, July 21, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on using a Roth IRA, investing a small windfall of cash and using credit card transfers.

Money Matters: Unconventional financial wisdom

Can mating patterns of female guppies help you succeed on Wall Street? Author Michael Mauboussin's new book finds financial wisdom in some unconventional places. He sits down with Kai for a conversation.

Women, save for retirement!

Women tend to live longer then men. That makes retirement savings even more important. USA Today's Sandra Block tells us what women can do to prepare for their golden years.
Posted In: Retirement

Debit block

It's one of the best kept secrets in the debit card industry -- and it's not consumer friendly. Kai speaks to Ed Mierzwinski of the Public Interest Research Group.

Mini-mani and pedi

What do kids want these days? You might find the answer at your neighborhood spa. Steve Tripoli reports on the grownup tastes today's of tweens and teens.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

The cost of cool

The nation is in the middle of a heat wave, but don't let high electricity bills make your wallet suffer a meltdown. We sent Lisa Napoli to consider the costs of keeping you cool.