Marketplace Money for July 28, 2006

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Marketplace Money for July 28, 2006

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Straight Story: Waging on wages

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, company profits are going up. Wages are down. Chris does the math.

Day in the Work Life: The punchline

On this week's A Day In the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we get some serious laughs from a stand-up comedian.

Buzzword: Couric Clause

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, Couric Clause. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, July 28, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on avoiding an IRS audit, paying for an overseas wedding and pausing contributions to a 401k account.

The anti-portfolio

Average investors often miss out on the big stocks. But what if you had the money and still missed out on the next big thing like Google? Dave Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners knows how it feels -- and tells Kai all about it.
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Conversation with Bill Pulte

In our ongoing series of Conversations from the Corner Office, Kai digs into the housing market by visiting one of the biggest homebuilders in the country. He sits down with Bill Pulte, the chair and co-founder of Pulte Homes

Water world

Consumers face thousands of choices in the water aisle at the grocery store. But what's your best bet for buying H20? Alex Cohen surveys the landscape.

Hybrid tax credit . . . going, going, gone?

Soaring gas prices make hybrids look even more attractive. But you might want to run -- not walk -- to the dealership, because that hybrid tax credit might soon disappear. Kai talks with Kathy Kristof of the Los Angeles Times.

Making it through the donut hole

The new prescription drug benefit can reduce health care costs for seniors. But the plan has a hole that isn't so sweet. Helen Palmer reports.

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