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Marketplace Money for May 12, 2006

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Marketplace Money for May 12, 2006

Straight Story: Good moon rising

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 gazes into the economic future and sees everything coming up roses, thanks to emerging markets.
Posted In: Economy

Day in the Work Life: Unusual body of work

Special effects artists for TV's "ER" spend their office hours creating fake trauma victims out of clay and silicon. We observe one of these artists operating.
Posted In: Jobs

Buzzword: Budget reconciliation process

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, "Budget Reconciliation Process." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for Friday, May 12, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week: How to get rid of a time-share and the wisdom (or lack thereof) of paying for college with retirement money.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

An open letter to graduates

Summer's here, and the time is right for new college grads to try and figure out what the heck they're supposed to do now. Forbes.com's Liz Moyer offers a few tips.
Posted In: Jobs

Money Matters: Insurance blunders

It's tough enough negotiating the health insurance maze without making easily avoidable mistakes. Consumer Reports senior editor Amanda Walker tells Kai about the common ways patients injure themselves...financially speaking.

Almost Blu-Ray

This week, Sony unveiled its forthcoming PlayStation 3 video game console. Among its features: a Hi-Definition DVD technology called "Blu-Ray." Kai chats with CNET.com's Brian Cooley about competing Hi-Def formats and asks: Which one's VHS, and which is Beta?

Road warriors

As global trade heats up, extreme business travelers find themselves on the road -- and in the air, and riding the rails -- for hundreds of days each year. What does all that travel do to their health and their home lives? From the Work and Family desk, Hillary Wicai reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Living on the edge

Millions of workers don't get health benefits from their employers, and don't qualify for government benefits. What are their insurance options? Alisa Roth talks with folks who shop for individual plans -- and some who are trying to live without.