Marketplace Money for March 13, 2004

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Marketplace Money for March 13, 2004

Housing factoid

Are you spending too much on housing?
Posted In: Investing

'Tis the season...for house hunting

Spring is a popular time to buy and sell homes. For some tips on what you should do before hitting the real estate market, we checked in with expert and author Ilyce Glink.

Inside interest rates

Conventional wisdom says the Federal Reserve won't raise rates when it meets Tuesday. So, just how is the interest rate set? And, why should we care if it changes? John Dimsdale, Washington bureau chief for public radio's business program "Marketplace," explains the mechanics behind interest rates.

"E" for entrepreneur: Women and small business

March is Women's History Month, so we decided to look at one place where women are carving a niche. Rieva Lesonsky, the editorial director of "Entrepreneur Magazine," explains what it takes to strike out on your own.
Posted In: Jobs

Interest rate factoid

Take a trip back in time when interest rates were at an all-time high.
Posted In: Economy

"Straight Story": The Fed and the open letter

This and every week, we have our Economics Editor Chris Farrell here to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." The Fed Reserve Board meets early next week, and already a well-known economist has published an open letter imploring Greenspan to raise interest rates. Chris is ready to rumble.
Posted In: Economy

"Day in the Work Life": Small business owner

Each week in our "Day in the Work Life" segment, we take a closer look at the way some of us make a buck. In this installment, we place an order with a café owner in the center of the coffee universe, Seattle. Anyone for a triple shot latte with no foam?
Posted In: Jobs

"Change for a Buck": The cost of raising kids

Do you know where your money goes when you spend a dollar? In our semi-regular feature, we decided to examine the cost of raising a child. For every buck you spend, how many pennies go to school or the doctor? Economist Mark Lino wrote a study last year for the Department of Agriculture called "Expenditures on Children by Families," and he has some numbers for you to crunch.

"The Buzz Word": Trade deficit

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news, like the trade deficit -- you hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

The Numbers for April 13, 2004

It's time for the numbers. Host Kai Ryssdal runs down the business news and what it means for your wallet.
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag

Each week, we choose the most burning of your money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains when it's OK to roll over your 401k, what exactly consumer confidence means, and what happens when you own shares of a company that has gone belly up.

Cosmetic dentistry

Ready for your close up? Apparently, the answer is yes. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, teeth-whitening shot up by 300 percent between 1996 and 2000. And, some dentists are already plotting the next big thing to attract you to their chair. Ashley Milne-Tyte has our story.
Posted In: Jobs