Marketplace Money for November 24, 2006

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Marketplace Money for November 24, 2006

Straight Story: Sending thanks

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, the Fed chair and Bob Dylan, what do they have in common? Chris has the answer.

Buzzword: Black Friday

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: Black Friday. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, November 24, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on using a credit card for the first time and prioritizing savings.

Protecting your investments

The sky isn't falling, but certain segments of the economy might make Chicken Little head for cover. How can you protect your portfolio from a softening housing market and fluctuating oil prices? Kai talks with Jane Kim of the Wall Street Journal.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

The anti-portfolio

Average investors often miss out on the big stocks. But what if you had the money and still missed out on the next big thing like Google? Dave Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners knows how it feels -- and tells Kai all about it.
Posted In: Investing

Educating Rico: The fine print

Associate Producer Rico Gagliano takes a harrowing journey into the heart of credit darkness. Learn the sneaky ways credit card companies try to squeeze more money out of you.

Burying a dead end job

There's an old work saying that goes something like this: The grass is always greener in your neighbor's cubicle. When do you know it's time to find a better job? Career expert Michael Laskoff joins Kai for a conversation.
Posted In: Jobs

Grease lightning

Drivers want cheaper gas. So why not steer away from crude oil? Tess Vigeland investigates the cost of turning your car into a lean green vegetable oil driving machine.

Day in the Work Life: Turkey 911

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our weekly look at how folks trade time for money, we talk turkey -- literally.
Posted In: Jobs