Marketplace Money for May 19, 2006

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Marketplace Money for May 19, 2006
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Straight Story: Tax cut. . . not

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: President Bush just signed a $70 billion tax cut bill. Chris reads between the lines.
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Day in the Work Life: A sea tale

On this week's A Day In the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we get our sea legs with a cruise ship director.
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Buzzword: A la carte

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 - "A La Carte." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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Mailbag for Friday, May 19, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: filing for bankruptcy, renting versus buying, and purchasing whole life insurance.
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Poker Face of Wall Street

Just like poker, Wall Street isn't for sissies. Author Aaron Brown deals out the similarities between these two versions of risk-taking. He talks with Kai about his new book, The Poker Face of Wall Street.
Posted In: Economy
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Time off with benefits

Massachusetts has introduced a bill that would create the most generous paid leave package in the nation. Will other states follow? Kai finds out from Deven McGraw of the National Partnership for Women and Families.
Posted In: Jobs
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Forced retirement

A new survey says more workers are facing early retirement. It's not how folks planned to start their golden years. Can workers recover the loss of earned income? Kai speaks with Joanna Rotenberg, a McKinsey consultant.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement
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Debt doldrums

Americans love their credit cards. But there's a thin line between love and hate. We're a nation at war with debt. Maureen McMurray files this story from the frontlines... her apartment.
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The Real ID

In the future, a single card may be your ticket to everything. You'll use it to access your bank account. Without it, you can't travel on a plane or collect social security. Bob Moon reports on the battle over "Real ID."

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