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Marketplace Money for October 13, 2006

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Marketplace Money for October 13, 2006

Straight Story: Minimum wage

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, Chris rallies to raise the minimum wage.

Day in the Work Life: Legal gatekeeper

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we go door-to-door with a process server.

Buzzword: Honest services fraud

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: Honest services fraud. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, October 13, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on investing in ETFs, using a Simple IRA and managing a credit score.

Why private equity?

Cablevision is trying to go private. So is HCA. What's fueling the trend of public companies turning private? Kai interviews Andy Baker from Cathay Financial.

Best places to retire

Location matters. So does weather. Throw in low taxes and you've got a retiree's idea of paradise. Money Magazine just published a list of the best places to spend your golden years. Kai speaks with Kate Ashford.
Posted In: Retirement

What really matters in Sun's corner office

Host Kai Ryssdal visits Sun Microsystems founder Scott McNealy in the latest Conversation from the Corner Office. McNealy discusses how his company has survived the tech industry's ups and downs.

Tax whammy for winners

Winning the lottery is an American dream. Paying taxes on your winnings . . . that's a nightmare. And the IRS doesn't just take its cut from the big wins. Apryl Lundsten reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Small business, big downside

Small businesses are behind the job boom in the United States, but the workforce driving it faces an unhealthy dilemma. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Jobs