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Marketplace Money for March 17, 2006

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Marketplace Money for March 17, 2006

The Look Ahead for March 17, 2006: FICO and Friends

What you need to know today about a new credit score system.
Posted In: Housing

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Banks Versus Wal-Mart

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: Remember that old saying..."the customer is always right"? Chris says the banking industry is finally getting the message, sort of.

"Day in the Work Life": Rocket Woman

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we blast off with a rocket scientist.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Strike Price"

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 -- "Strike Price." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

The Mailbag for March 17, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, advice on merging finances, using a 529 college account, and investing in church bonds.
Posted In: Charity, Savings

Money and the Mind

Can the thrill of trading stocks match the high from doing drugs? A new study says yes. Bloomberg's Adam Levy explains the science behind money decisions.

The Coming Oil Crisis?

Rising oil costs have sweetened profits at major oil companies and left consumers with sour gas costs. But, Stephen Leeb explains investors can turn their own profit.
Posted In: Investing

Just Say No

Have you ever made a bet that changed the direction of your life? A group of friends have taken a vow of consumer celibacy: no new products for an entire year. From the Sustainability desk, Sarah Gardner reports.

The Retirement Gender Gap

Lower earnings. Longer life span. Lackluster retirement savings. It's a retirement scenario that many women could face. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Retirement

We Talked to Chuck...

Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal talks with Charles Schwab about his start in the brokerage industry, how the business has changed, and teaching kids the basics of investing.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement