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Marketplace Money for May 20, 2005

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Marketplace Money for May 20, 2005

The "Straight Story" with Chris Farrell: Missing in Action... Congress

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: corporate pension plans are in peril. But where's Congress?
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Social Security - Ideas for Reform

Next week, Representative Robert Wexler (D-Fla) unveils his Social Security reform plan. How does it sync with other proposals like creating personal accounts, revising benefits, or increasing payroll taxes? Alicia Munnell is a Professor of Management Sciences at Boston College. She offers a glimpse of what Social Security might look like in the future.
Posted In: Retirement

Breaking-Up Without Going Broke

No one wants to talk about the "D" word. But some financial planners say if you don't plan properly for the end of a marriage you could face a lifetime of financial woes. Reporter Tanya Ott, with WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, examines the relationship between divorce and dollars.

Making over Mortgages

The government's urging banks to tighten mortgage lending laws. Will restrictions on interest-only mortgages and hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages help or hurt you? Marketplace's Tess Vigeland reports.

Think Global: How Globalization Affects Your Investments

As part of Think Global, public radio's week of special coverage, we look at how foreign investors influence the security of our investments and our retirement. Joining Kai is Professor Goetzmann, the Director of the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management and Diana Farrell, the Director of McKinsey's Global Institute.
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life" Farmer's Market Director

On this week's A Day in the Work Life... our weekly look at how folks trade time for money... we go shopping with a farmer's market director.
Posted In: Jobs

The Mailbag for May 20, 2005

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on picking an interest only mortgage, deciding between renting versus buying, choosing a selective university, and selling off assets.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

The "Buzzword": Commerce Clause

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 - "COMMERCE CLAUSE." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

No Money Down or Just "No Money?"

We've all seen the late night ads on television: "With little or no money down, you can make a killing in the real estate market!" <i>Money Magazine's</i> Ellen Stark takes us inside the world of "no money down" mania.
Posted In: Investing