Marketplace Money for November 20, 2004

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Marketplace Money for November 20, 2004

Look Ahead

What you need to know today about next week.

"Straight Story": Corporate Regulation Backlash

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." First there were apologies, then there were firings, then there were penalties - now, there's a backlash against corporate regulation. But do financial service companies really have something to complain about?
Posted In: Jobs

From the Money Matters Desk: Thanksgiving

Turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole… pumpkin or apple pie…what’s on your Thanksgiving menu? On this week's Money Matters-- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line-- we learn how to trim the cost of planning a holiday dinner bash. Anya Strzemien of Budget Living Magazine sets the menu with Kai.

Windfall Woes

If a lot of money fell in your lap - would you know what to do with it? Patrick Hirsch reports on what to do with a windfall.
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life": Scientific Glass Blower

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life"...our regular look at how folks trade their time for money...we see clearly... a scientific glass blower.
Posted In: Jobs

The "Buzzword": Derivatives

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

Mailbag for November 20, 2004

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on picking a CD or a money market account, investing in real estate investment trusts, and the best way to be generous.
Posted In: Charity, Investing, Savings

Reclaiming Your Identity

Even if you do everything right... like shredding bank statements and monitoring monthly bills... there's still a chance someone could steal your identity. So how do you go about getting your identity back? Kai interviews Joan Caplin, a staff writer at Money Magazine. Her article in the December issue examines one woman's fight to reclaim her name.

Lame Duck Congress

Lawmakers have migrated back to Washington to finalize unfinished business, and battle over a slew of spending bills. Technically, it's not their money... it's ours. Marketplace's Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale explains how the bills might affect us...
Posted In: Economy

Negotiating with Doctors

Cars, salaries, and homes...most people have haggled their way to a cheaper car, a better salary, or a lower mortgage. Is it possible to negotiate with a doctor regarding health care costs? Reporter Matthew Algeo finds out.