Marketplace Money for October 16, 2004

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Marketplace Money for October 16, 2004
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Look Ahead

You've heard the phrase 'check's in the mail?' Maybe not so much anymore. There's a new banking law going into effect at the end of the month. Starting October 28th, the float...that's the time between when you write a check and when the money leaves your account...it shrinks. Checks will be turned into electronic transactions. So...banks will move cash at the speed of light. Also gone? Stop payment orders.
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"Straight Story": Corporate Tax Bill

It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, Congress passed a new corporate tax bill. Chris offers his veto.
Posted In: Investing, Savings
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Change for a Buck

Every once in a while on the program we run a segment we call 'Change for A Buck.' We every penny of a dollar spent on something...usually product or a service. It's harder than it sounds. Industries just don't seem to want to be transparent about how they spend your money. With that in mind... we decided to set an example. On today's "Change For a Buck," we open Sound Money’s books to the light of day.
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The Pre-Fab Buzz

In 2005, the median cost of a single-family home in the U.S. will be $182,000. And the average cost of a Manhattan apartment? $1.02 million. With prices like that, homebuyers need alternatives. Reporter Apryl Lundsten discovered one option that's going through an extreme makeover.
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"Day in the Work Life": Inn Keeper

On today's 'A Day In the Work Life'...our look at how folks trade time for money...we check into a bed and breakfast.
Posted In: Jobs
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The "Buzzword": Debt Limit

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: “Debt Limit.” You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Savings
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Mailbag for October 16, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on rolling over a 401k, investing in gold, setting up a spousal IRA, and finding the monetary value of an old stock certificate.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings
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Simplify Your Financial Life

Do you bank online? Do you budget? How long should you keep your tax returns? Eric Schurenberg is the managing editor at Money magazine. He shares tips on ways to simplify your financial life.
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Kitchen Table Economics

We thought we'd take a closer look at how the candidates’ proposed economic and domestic policies might influence your pocketbook. Kai checks in with High Johnson of First Albany.
Posted In: Economy
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Redefining Work

Every couple of weeks in the news, you hear the latest employment statistics. But there's more to these numbers than, well, numbers. What's changing is the fundamental nature of how we as Americans work. Particularly what happens when you retire? Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Jobs

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