Marketplace Money for March 5, 2005

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Marketplace Money for March 5, 2005

Look Ahead

What you need to know today about next week.

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Financial Literacy

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, Chris grades our country's financial literacy. Pray for the curve.

From the Money Matters Desk: Financial Aid 101

Financial Aid deadlines start this month. Last year, half the students eligible for aid didn't even apply. So on this week's Money Matters...our regular look at how to improve your bottom line...we get schooled on how to get money for school. Thom Johnson, a member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, joins Kai.

Christian Financial Counseling

There are thousands of personal finance books out at your local bookstore. But some people put their faith in just one title...the Bible. They say it effectively teaches lessons of debt, personal responsibility, and savings. Robin Urevich reports.
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life": Meter Maid

Sometimes you can't find a spare quarter, but you park your car at an expired meter and just hope you'll avoid a run in with one of the most despised public servants: the parking enforcement officer. But on this week's installment of 'A Day In the Work Life'...our regular look at how folks trade time for money...we get the meter maid's side of the story.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Blue Chip

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 - "Blue Chip." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Mailbag for March 5, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on merging finances before merging families, finding a financial planner, investing in foreign companies, and prioritizing debt.
Posted In: Investing

Late Fees, Money Magazine

Even if you sit down to pay your bills once a month, chances are you're racking up some late fees. We offer you a late fee checklist from Money Magazine's Cybele Weisser.

Market Review

1999, maybe. But no one wants to party like its 2000. That was the year the stock market started to stumble. NASDAQ hit an all time high, and then fell. Dot coms lost their way. Layoffs were announced and a little thing called inflation entered the news. Some point to similar factors in our economy today. Newsweek's Allan Sloan compares and contrasts with Kai.
Posted In: Economy

Identity Protection

You've done everything you're supposed to do: you've shredded your credit card statements, kept your social security number to yourself, and checked your credit report regularly. But what if a company like Bank of America or ChoicePoint -- loses your personal information -- and you didn't even know they had it in the first place? Marketplace's Alisa Roth finds out what do you need to know about the companies that know so much about you.

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