Marketplace Money for October 6, 2006

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Marketplace Money for October 6, 2006

Hitting housing's ceiling

What you need to know today about your housing payments to come.
Posted In: Housing

Straight Story: Public pensions pickle

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, public workers face a pension shortfall. Chris says all retirement systems need more transparency.

Day in the Work Life: Record keeper

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we preserve the past with a corporate archivist.

Buzzword: NLRB

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

Mailbag for Friday, October 6, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on rolling over a 401k, refinancing a mortgage and choosing a socially-responsible fund.

When is workplace theft really stealing?

You take a pen or two from the supply closest. Or maybe you use the fax for private work. Do those activities count as stealing? Tess Vigeland interviews David Callahan, author of the book, "Cheating Culture."
Posted In: Jobs

College savings: The 529 change

401Ks got a makeover this summer with the Pension Reform Act. So did 529 college saving plans. Putting money away for college just got easier. Joining Tess is Professor Sandy Baum, a senior policy analyst at the College Board.

The bullish season

This week, the Dow hit a record. Is it really goodbye bears, hello bulls? What's behind the market rally? Tess Vigeland asks Diane Swonk of Mesirow Financial.
Posted In: Economy

Paycheck mistakes

Finders keepers, right? That's the rule. Or does it change when you receive a little extra cash . . . by mistake? Sally Herships shares her story.
Posted In: Jobs

We want your vote -- and we'll pay for it

Election day is five weeks away. Get ready for an onslaught of flyers, pamphlets and phone calls. Now there's a new way to target voters -- and it has a lot to do with your personal finance, Scott Tong reports.