Marketplace Money for June 10, 2005

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Marketplace Money for June 10, 2005
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"Day in the Work Life": Sommelier

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we sniff, sip and swirl with a Sommelier.
Posted In: Jobs
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Look Ahead

What you need to know today about next week.
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The "Buzzword": Secular Bear Market

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 - "Secular Bear Market." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy
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The Mailbag for June 10, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on using a home equity loan to pay off student loan debt, creating a health savings account, and choosing between an i-bonds or EE-bonds.
Posted In: Investing
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The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Gaining on Real Estate

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 lays the foundation for a controversial idea: treating profits from real estate just like the profits from stocks or bonds.
Posted In: Investing
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From the Money Matters Desk: Investing in Your Community

On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we learn how to put our money to work in our neighborhoods. Joining Kai to talk about community investment is Shari Berenbach, the executive director of the Calvert Social Investment Foundation.
Posted In: Charity, Investing
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Rent a Car Without Getting Dinged

You're at the counter at a car rental joint and they ask you, "Would you like insurance today?" Hmm, would you? Should you? Why? <i>Consumer Reports</i>' Lisa Lee Freeman steers us in the right direction.
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Grading Corporations on Their "Goodness"

Fund companies have started to grade corporations on corporate governance. That's a fancy term for how a company treats its shareholders and pays its executives. Kai learns the rating rubric from Morningstar's Pat Dorsey.
Posted In: Jobs
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The Worst-Case Scenario -- How to Plan for It Financially

When faced with a chronic or terminal illness, finances are the last thing you want to think about. But, as reporter Cathy Duchamp finds out, managing money is part of managing an illness.
Posted In: Retirement
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Who Will Pay for Pensions?

This week on Capitol Hill, the topic was pension plans. Some companies say they now can't deliver on their promise of pensions, and the government agency that insures pensions is already in the red. Marketplace's John Dimsdale has our story.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

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