Marketplace Money for October 2, 2004

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Marketplace Money for October 2, 2004

From the Money Matters Desk: Portfolio Advice for a Lazy Investor

On this week's Money Matters -- a regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we take a look at retirement portfolios for the laziest listener. Sandra Block is the personal finance columnist at USA Today...and she's got some ideas.
Posted In: Investing

Living Wills

Living wills are the instructions you should leave your loved ones, so they know what kind of care and medical intervention you want if you become incapacitated. But some people oppose living wills. Are they worth it? Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Retirement

"Straight Story": Regulating Hedge Funds

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. The SEC wants to regulate hedge funds. Chris says it’s about time.
Posted In: Investing

"Day in the Work Life": Media Director

On today's 'A Day In the Work Life'...our look at how folks trade time for money...we hear what it's like for the ACLU's media relations director... to get the press to tell her organization's side of the story.
Posted In: Jobs

Replacing Greenspan

Alan Greenspan, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, has to step down in January of 2006. The buzz over who will replace him has already started. Who’s on the short list? Find out from Kai’s interview with Nell Henderson, a Washington Post staff writer.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

The "Buzzword": Window Dressing

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: "Window Dressing." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Mailbag for October 2, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on social responsible investing, life insurance policies, and the Asian markets.
Posted In: Investing

Fairer Tax Code

Foreign policy was the topic of the presidential debate Thursday night. America will have to wait until October 13th to hear the economic and domestic platforms. But we've decided to give you a sneak peak on one economic issue that hits us right in the wallet...taxes. Business Week's Mike McNamee gives us the inside view.
Posted In: Economy

Change for a Buck: Petrol Dollar

Even though oil and gas are at or near record highs...you've still got to fill up the tank if you want to get around. On this installment of our occasional series 'Change for a Buck'...we track every cent of the petrol dollar…from the oil well to the gas tank.
Posted In: Economy

Gas and the Economy

Oil is in demand, thanks to a world economy firing on all cylinders, especially in China and the U.S. The price per barrel has been ranging between forty and fifty dollars since last spring, and this week the price of oil hit a new record high. What does this mean for the economy? Reporter John Dimsdale has an answer.
Posted In: Economy