Marketplace Money for June 24, 2005

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Marketplace Money for June 24, 2005

Listener Letters for June 24, 2005

Time for us to peek into the <i>Sound Money</i> letter bag. Don't miss the missives.

The "Buzzword": Direct-to-Consumer Advertising

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, <i>Sound Money</i> brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance - "Direct-to-consumer Advertising." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

"Day in the Work Life": Tattoo Artist

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we get graphic with a tattoo artist.

Mailbag for June 24, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on withdrawing from a 401k, choosing between a taxable and a tax-deferred account, and lowering a tax burden.
Posted In: Investing, Taxes

The Straight Story with Chris Farrell: Happy Birthday Baby Boomers

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." Next week, the first wave of baby boomers will reach the magic age of 59 1/2. Chris sends a retirement birthday present.
Posted In: Retirement

From the Money Matters Desk: "Money Without Matrimony"

On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we learn how unmarried couples should marry their finances. Should you co-mingle your assets with your co-habitator? Joining Kai is Sheryl Garrett, the co-author of "Money without Matrimony."

Coming to a Living Room Near You

Did you see the new Batman movie? Well, not even the Caped Crusader could rescue the sliding summer box office. More folks are choosing to get their movie fix at home with DVDs and home theaters. We asked <i>Consumer Reports’</i> Amanda Walker to screen what’s available in the home entertainment market.

What Would Make the Real Estate Bubble Pop?

Grab a few aspirin. We’re heading for a housing headache, according to this week’s UCLA Anderson School economic forecast. Kai talks to David Shulman, an expert in real estate investing.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

"Educating Rico": Individual Investing

Rico has an index fund and a tax-deferred retirement account. Now, he turns his attention to individual investing. In our latest installment of Educating Rico, our hero surfs the sea of online brokers.
Posted In: Investing

Going Green

With energy costs increasing, some analysts point to solar power as a cost cutting solution. But will using sunshine really save you money and add value to your house? <i>Marketplace's</i> Jeff Tyler has more.

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