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Marketplace Money for September 1, 2006

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Marketplace Money for September 1, 2006

Straight Story: Census data

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, The Census Bureau released its annual report on wages, poverty and health insurance. Chris reads between the lines.

Day in the Work Life: Substitute teacher

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we go to the head of the class with a substitute teacher.

Buzzword: Labor Day

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

Mailbag for Friday, September 1, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on: using a health savings account, investing assets from a housing sale, and lowering retirement investments.

Money Matters: International retirement

Retirees have spoken, and they're moving overseas to spend their golden years. If you decide to take your retirement abroad, how much should you save? And where should you look? Tess talks with Brent Kessel of Kubera Portfolios.
Posted In: Retirement

Long-term care insurance

Seniors are living longer and the cost of elder care is rising. There are long-term care policies that lower the costs of nursing homes and assisted living centers. But are they worth the price? Nancy Farghalli reports.
Posted In: Retirement

Is now a good time to buy a laptop?

First it was Dell. Then came Apple. Both companies have issued recalls for potentially explosive batteries used in their laptop computers. But is their loss the consumer's gain? CNET's Tom Merrit explains.

Job (dis)satisfaction

The grass is always greener in the next cubicle. Still, odds are even your colleague shares similar frustration -- job satisfaction is on the decline. What can employers do to reverse the trend? Dr. Carolyn Martin talks with Tess.
Posted In: Jobs

Working for vacation

Put away the beach towel and the picnic basket. Summer is over. But that doesn't mean your vacation has to end. Amy Scott reports on the tricks to getting more time off.
Posted In: Jobs