Marketplace Money for March 31, 2006

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Marketplace Money for March 31, 2006
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Listener Letters for March 31, 2006

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The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Tax Reform

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: April 15th is almost upon us. Chris remembers a time, not so long ago, when tax reform mattered.
Posted In: Taxes
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"Day in the Work Life": Bean Counter

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our look at how folks trade their time for money -- we roast a coffee broker.
Posted In: Jobs, Taxes
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The "Buzzword": Foreign Currency Reserve

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 - "Foreign Currency Reserve." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy
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The Mailbag for March 31, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on retiring overseas, deducting capital gains and using a retirement account to buy property.
Posted In: Housing, Investing, Retirement, Taxes
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From the Money Matters Desk: Wealth Over Worry

Think you can beat the market? Think again. Most paid analysts don't come close. Author Lance Alston talks with Kai about the risk of stock picking.
Posted In: Investing
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Appraising Long-Term Insurance

Most Americans don't have long-term health insurance. So how do you ensure the best care for people that need long term care? Consumer Reports' Mandy Walker offers this guide.
Posted In: Retirement
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Deducting Retirement Accounts

401K. IRAs. Roths. One way to lower your tax bite is to sink your teeth into a retirement account. MSN Money's Liz Pulliam Weston lays out what you can deposit and deduct.
Posted In: Retirement
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"Educating Rico": Student Loan Debt

Associate producer Rico Gagliano is back with another installment of our series, "Educating Rico." This time, our hero revisits the topic of student loan debt. Back in 2004, experts told him to consolidate his loans. Two years later, does that advice still hold?
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The Immigration Dollar

As immigration reform plays out in Congress, it got us wondering: How does illegal immigration play out in our economy? Marketplace's Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Jobs

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