Marketplace Money for May 8, 2004

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Marketplace Money for May 8, 2004

"Straight Story": Investing in vice

It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." Vice investing is hot, hot, hot. Chris Farrell is ready to extinguish the flame.
Posted In: Investing

Parent, number #1 job credential

This weekend, millions of moms will receive flowers, cards, and hugs. Or how about a diploma from a graduate school in management? Ann Crittenden, an author and journalist, says raising a family teaches management lessons and, in fact, is the best job credential in the world.

Viva timeshares

Already dreaming about your summer vactation? More people than ever are looking in to a very specific form of vacation: timeshares. Sales of timeshares are up more than a third from 2002, but does that mean it's a good investment? Reporter Lisa Napoli finds out...
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life": Physician

On this installment of our series "A Day In the Work Life" -- our weekly look at how people trade their time for money -- we step into the operating room with a physician at Vanderbilt University. His patients are children, and his work comes from the heart.
Posted In: Jobs


Research has found that babies who are breastfed get fewer illnesses in childhood. Because of that, the government is trying to encourage women to breastfeed their infants for longer. But some moms find that trying to both work and nurse make that a difficult goal. Reporter Julia Barton has more.

From the Money Matters Desk: A consumer report on buying a grill

Eighty-five percent of American families have a grill. Steven Raichlen is the author of "The Barbecue Bible" and teaches the masses how to grill masterpieces at his very own Barbecue University. He’s here to help you make sure your quest to buy the perfect grill doesn’t go up in smoke.

"The Buzz Word": Alternative minimum tax

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Sound Money will bring you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance - Alternative Minimum Tax. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

What happens when prices fall?

Rising prices and a growing economy do seem to be all the rage these days. But our own economic whiz, Chris Farrell, has written a new book about just the opposite: What happens when prices fall. He explains deflation and how he became the master of all things monetary.
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for May 8, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on long-term health insurance, dollar cost averaging, and penny stocks.
Posted In: Investing

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