Marketplace Money for March 26, 2005

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Marketplace Money for March 26, 2005

"Educating Rico": Dealing with Taxes

In the latest installment of our series, Educating Rico, our hero braces for April 15th. While still not prepared to prepare his own taxes -- Rico finds out just how to determine how much you owe the IRS.
Posted In: Taxes

From the Money Matters Desk: MBA Worth

Eighty-two thousand dollars. That's the average salary for 2004 MBAs. But before you enroll in a program, you might want to check out the tuition. Going to a top business school might set you back $35,000 a year. It makes you wonder... is the MBA degree worth it? On this week's Money Matters... our regular look at improving your bottom line... we do the math for you.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Health Care and General Motors

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, General Motors is bleeding money and lowering profit expectations. Chris says it spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e for the nation's health care industry.
Posted In: Economy

Best Deduction Ever

One way to lower your taxes is to take a deduction. In celebration of that idea, we offer the first in our series "The Best Deduction Ever." This week... an accountant shares a write-off that brought music to her client's ears.
Posted In: Taxes

"Day in the Work Life": Fireman

An explosion at a BP oil refinery killed 15 people this week. The heat from the fire that followed was so intense, nearby cars exploded. Even so, the fire was contained by nightfall -- thanks to the work of firefighters. On this week's 'A Day In the Work Life'... our regular look at how folks trade their time for money... we shadow a fireman.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": S&P 500

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 - "S&P 500." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for March 26, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, we tackle tax season with a special mailbag devoted to all of your taxing questions. This week - deducting charitable giving, tracking down an old refund, trying to lower an unusually high tax bill, and paying taxes on an inherited gift.
Posted In: Charity, Taxes

Mortgage Fraud

This week, rates on the 30-year mortgages topped 6 percent, the highest level since last July. But an expensive mortgage isn't the only thing you need to worry about. Mortgage fraud is on the rise. Joining Kai is Bill Matthews, a mortgage expert. He has tips to avoid mortgage mischief.

Inflation Fears

Inflation fears are back. Is the threat to your pocketbook real? Economist Magazine's Zanny Minton-Beddoes distinguishes fact from fear.
Posted In: Economy

Understanding Choices

The Terri Schiavo right-to-die case dominated the headlines again this week. The legal wrangling has many people talking about what would happen to them if they were incapable of making their own decisions. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli looks at how to make your wishes known.

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