Marketplace Money for October 9, 2004

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Marketplace Money for October 9, 2004

Letters for October 9, 2004

We open the Sound Money mail from the last few weeks.

From the Money Matters Desk: Energy Tips

On this week's Money Matters-a regular look at how to improve your bottom line-we take a look at ways to trim your energy bill. Amey Stone is a senior writer at Business Week Online and she’s got some tips…ranging from better appliances to smarter landscaping.

Women Holding the Purse Strings

Buying a car? Planning a vacation? Searching for a new dryer? If you are - most likely you’re a woman. Women account for more than three trillion dollars in consumer spending each year in the U.S. In two-income households, more wives are taking charge of family investments as well. Reporter Cathy Duchamp explains why women hold the purse-strings.

"Straight Story": Credit Card Solicitations

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, the Supreme Court made a decision about a case involving credit card solicitations. Chris issues his verdict.

"Day in the Work Life": Waiter

On today's 'A Day In the Work Life'...our look at how folks trade time for money...we wait tables at an exclusive eatery. If you like the segment, a 20% tip is appropriate.
Posted In: Jobs

Tis the Season for Open Enrollment

Have you gotten that thick booklet from HR yet? Are you using it as a weight to hold down a mounting pile of paperwork? Well - you'd better open it up. Cuz it's open enrollment season. Not a pretty as fall or as cozy and Winter, but during this season you have a chance to change your health care coverage, select a different retirement package, or contribute to a flexible spending account. For some do's and don't, Kai speaks to Dallas Salisbury, the president of the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

The "Buzzword": Equity Risk Premium

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: "Equity Risk Premium." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for October 9, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on paying credit card debt, saving for retirement, and opening up a retirement account for a family member.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Real Risk

Since national security and terrorism fears are at the forefront this election season, we thought we'd take a look at risk - real and perceived - and what you, as a consumer, can do about it. Kai checks in with risk expert and Harvard Professor Kimberly Thompson.
Posted In: Economy

Campaign Promises

You've heard a lot of promises from both candidates about job creation. Each is touting a plan to stimulate growth and reduce the deficit. But how much can a president really influence the economy? Reporter Amy Scott finds out...
Posted In: Economy