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Marketplace Money for September 11, 2004

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Marketplace Money for September 11, 2004

Letters for September 11, 2004

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

Extended Warranties: Friend or Foe

Okay...so Maytag let's you try a washer out in the store. You get a free load of clean laundry...but then this happens: the store clerk offers an extended warranty. Do you say yes or no? What's the financially smart answer? Kai finds out the answer from Kristen Van Ogtrop, the Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine.

Auditioning Appliances

You’re used to test driving cars before you buy one…but if you’re in the market for a dryer, the best you can do is play with the lint trap. That is, until now. Reporter Alex Cohen profiles a company’s new mantra: customers should try before they buy.

"Straight Story": Recession

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 Anderson School of Management released an economic report this week…with the “r” word. Are we heading into a recession? Chris offers his take.
Posted In: Economy

"Day in the Work Life": Stylist

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life"...our regular look at how folks trade their time for money...we ask for a more natural look...from a professional hairstylist.
Posted In: Jobs

From the Money Matters Desk: A Consumer Report on Mutual Funds Ratings

Interested in investing in a mutual fund? Finding the best fund for your portfolio begins with understanding how funds are rated. Kai interviews Rita Lee, the Manager of Financial Analysis at Brouwer & Janachowski. Check out her advice on where to start investigating funds.
Posted In: Investing

"The Buzzword": Variable Pay Program

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: "Variable Pay Program." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for September 11, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on taxing bonuses, investing in an itsy bitsy SPDR and choosing a college fund.
Posted In: Investing

Market Look Ahead

Labor Day's come and gone, and the stock market has left behind its summer doldrums... well, not exactly. For some clue about what we can expect from the market this fall, Kai interviews Dallas stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson.
Posted In: Investing

Are You Covered?

Weary Floridians are coping with yet another hurricane this weekend...Ivan. The giant storms have been a sobering surprise for homeowners in the Sunshine State trying to use insurance money to rebuild. In many cases, policies don't pay for all of the necessary reconstruction. From public radio's business program Marketplace, John Dimsdale reports.