Marketplace Money for September 22, 2006

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Marketplace Money for September 22, 2006

Checking account interest rates

Some banks are starting to offer higher returns on your interest-bearing checking account. Kai looks at what you need to know.
Posted In: Savings

Straight Story: 300 million strong

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, Chris celebrates the upcoming population milestone in the United States.

Day in the Work Life: On Par

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we swing into action with a golf pro.

Buzzword: IMF

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

Mailbag for Friday, September 22, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on rolling over a 401k, using online banking and fixing a credit report.

Money Matters: Retirement for the self-employed

There's nothing better than being your own boss. Well, that is, until you have to figure out what retirement plan to choose. IRA expert Ed Slott maps out the options.
Posted In: Retirement

A good time to buy?

The Big Three automakers face big financial trouble -- but is that good news for car buyers? Kai interviews Robert Gentile of Consumer Reports.

Pension Act fine print

Last month, President Bush signed the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Don't worry if you haven't had time to read the 900-page bill. Kai talks with Peter Orszag, the director of the Retirement Security Project.
Posted In: Retirement

Educating Rico: Auto insurance

Associate Producer Rico Gagliano is back with another installment of our series, Educating Rico. This time, our hero shops for car insurance. Too bad he just crashed into a motorcycle.

Happy birthday . . . index funds!

It's time to wish happy birthday to one of the more popular market investments: Index funds just turned 30. But why isn't everyone cheering? Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Investing