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Marketplace Money for March 27, 2004

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Marketplace Money for March 27, 2004

Phishing on the Internet

Official-looking fraudulent emails are successfully tricking citizens into giving up their valuables: account numbers, passwords, and social security numbers. Reporter Hillary Wicai reels in the story.

"Day in the Work Life": Your honor, I object

Y'know...people say all kinds of nasty things about lawyers. But how many of us really know what they do? On this week's installment of our weekly series "A Day In the Work Life," we hear a lawyer’s plea.

"Straight Story": Closing costs

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 Housing and Urban Development Department had a plan to deal with streamlining closing costs. But this week-they killed their own proposal. Chris is in a grieving mood.
Posted In: Housing

"The Buzz Word": Café Standards

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. For instance - Café Standards. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for March 27, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, Chris explains: the difference between an EE and I bond, why paying a credit card balance with retirement savings is a no-no, and how you can put the word "me" in retireMEnt.
Posted In: Economy, Savings

The Numbers for March 27, 2004

It's time for the numbers. Each week Kai brings you the business news you didn't know you needed...
Posted In: Economy

Much ado about Medicare

The Medicare pot is shrinking, and experts predict the money will run out by 2019. How can the government ensure the program’s health? We checked in with Princeton Professor Uwe Reinhardt who has an answer for the government.
Posted In: Retirement

"Educating Rico": Chapter 2

We met Rico, a Sound Money staffer and newcomer to the world of personal finance, a few weeks ago. After some initial advice from our man Chris Farrell, Rico is ready to make his first investment decision. Follow along as Rico hunts for the right index fund.
Posted In: Investing

Banking on your 401(k)

About half of all American workers are enrolled in a 401(k) plan, or its non-profit counterpart, the 403(b). Under those plans, employers take some of their workers' wages and put them into a retirement account. It turns out there are some employers who just take the money …Sound Money's Matthew Algeo reports on the problem.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings