Marketplace Money for November 13, 2004

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Marketplace Money for November 13, 2004

Letters for November 13, 2004

We open the Sound Money mail from the last few weeks.

"Straight Story": Ownership Society

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.' Politicians are throwing the term “ownership society” around. But what does that really mean?
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: Television Shopping

You think picking the right mutual fund is tough. Try shopping for a television. How do you choose between Plasma, LCD, rear projection, tube, and high definition? On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we peek into Consumer Reports’ just-released-guide to television buying.

The Wi-Fi World

How about a wireless connection to go with your cappuccino or your burger. Already, you can surf the web at Starbucks and McDonalds…and now whole cities have joined the wi-fi wave by building networks that put you online…without plugging in. Dave Adox reports on Philadelphia's wi-fi plan.

"Day in the Work Life": Movie House Owner

On this week's 'A Day In the Work Life'...our regular look at how folks trade time for money...we watch coming attractions with a movie house owner.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Credit Rating

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 - "credit rating." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for November 13, 2004

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on handling finances in a marriage, saving in a tax deferred account, and starting a retirement plan as an older adult.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Organic Food

Natural food is all the buzz these days. Evidenced by the success of Whole Foods - the world's biggest natural foods supermarket. Last quarter, the company made roughly $30-million in profit. But when you go to any store - how do you know what's natural, what's organic, and what's not? Kai learns how to shop for organic food from Bob Scowcroft of Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Being the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve boosted short-term interest rates last week. To help figure out what the Fed's thinking, Kai places a call to economist Hugh Johnson of First Albany.
Posted In: Economy

Tax Code Reform

Cha-Cha-Changes…tax reform is on President Bush's second term agenda. What might those reforms be? Reporter Bob Moon finds how those proposed changes might change your bottom-line.