Marketplace Money for September 18, 2004

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Marketplace Money for September 18, 2004

"Educating Rico": Asset Allocation

In this month's installment of 'Educating Rico'...our financially challenged protagonist asks a simple, but confounding question: where should he put his money? Rico understands index funds, retirement accounts, and bonds. But now comes the next step: asset allocation.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

To Give or Not to Give

Millions of Americans donate money to charities. But a new survey released this week reports that a growing number of Americans are losing faith in charities. Kai asks Professor Paul Light, the study’s author, what’s behind the data?
Posted In: Charity

"Straight Story": The Housing Market

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. Several important housing figures come out next week. Chris issues his prognosis for the housing market.
Posted In: Housing

"Day in the Work Life": Rabbi

Happy New Year! Last Thursday was Rosh Hashanah, marking the first day of the Jewish calendar... And the beginning of Judaism's high holidays... On this week's "A Day in the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we attend services with a rabbi.
Posted In: Jobs

From the Money Matters Desk: A Consumer Report on Hybrids

Hybrids are burning up the car markets. Are they worth the ticket price and the waiting list? Kai puts you in the drivers seat with Lawrence Ulrich, a car writer for Money Magazine. Find out what choices exist to save money at the pump.

"The Buzzword": Current Account Deficit

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: "Current Account Deficit." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for September 18, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on buying savings bonds, banking on retirement rate of return, and paying the mortgage.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

Insurance Adjustors... What to Say, What Not to Say

In this season of hurricanes and wildfires, some Americans are getting up close and personal with the insurance industry. Kai asks Amy Bach, a consumer insurance advocate, for tips on handling insurance adjustors... <i>what to do and what not to do.</i>

Health Insurance and the Election

Feisty rhetoric and finger pointing…yes, we’re in the midst of a presidential election. Health Care is one issue that’s sure to play a major role in the campaigns. Both Senator Kerry and President Bush have issued their prescription for change. Do their proposals add up? Marketplace reporter Jeff Tyler considers what each has to offer...as well as the economic consequences…