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Marketplace Money for May 13, 2005

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Marketplace Money for May 13, 2005

The "Buzzword": Squeezing the Shorts

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 -- "SQUEEZING THE SHORTS." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it.

"Day in the Work life": Organ Technician

On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our weekly look at how folks trade time for money... we tune a few notes with a technician who is a paid piper.
Posted In: Jobs

Mailbag for May 13, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on choosing an index fund, buying term insurance, and investing a little windfall.
Posted In: Investing

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Reeling in the Realtors

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: buying and selling homes is big business, but anti-trust regulators think some folks may be unfairly dominating the market. Chris sides with the Feds.
Posted In: Economy

From the Money Matters Desk: Pizza Is Not an Emergency or Teaching College Kids About Money

Parents have roughly four months to teach their college -- bound kids how to live on their own and manage their finances. So on this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we ask author and Kiplinger "Money Smart Kids" columnist Janet Bodnar for helpful tips.

The Doctor Is In - But for a Price

We've all cooled our heels for an hour at the doctor's office, just to see a doctor for 10 minutes. So what about a plan that cuts down on the long waits, lets you spend more time with the doctor and offers easier access to medical care? It exists -- for a price. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports on the pros and cons of what's being called "concierge medicine."

MERGER-Dot-Com

Merger mania has infiltrated the world of online stock brokerages. This week, E*Trade announced it had designs on competitor Ameritrade. But, Ameritrade is playing coy and has said it's not for sale. Marketplace's Alisa Roth investigates what's next for online brokerages and the people who use them.
Posted In: Investing

Going Green in Corporate America?

This week, General Electric announced it will double its investment in environmentally friendly technologies. Does this signal a climate change when it comes to socially responsible investing? Mary Tribble from the Forum for Corporate Conscience gives the low down on corporate do-gooding.
Posted In: Investing

High-Tech House Calls

As technology plays a bigger role our lives, it sometimes causes bigger frustrations. Translating the Tivo manual isn't the easiest thing. And where do you turn if you can't get your PC synced with your PDA? You rent a geek, of course. The Geek Squad's Robert Stephens tells you how to hire someone to fix your high tech problems.
Posted In: Jobs