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Marketplace Money for September 25, 2004

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Marketplace Money for September 25, 2004

Music Download Primer

Interested in buying music online? Kai checks out what's available online and how to get the best beat for your buck. His tour guide is Bill Werde, an Associate Editor at Rolling Stone.

"Change for a Buck": The Cigarette Dollar

Big Tobacco headed to court this week as defendants in the largest government lawsuit against the their industry. Ever wonder how money is made from smoking? On this installment of our occasional series "Change for a Buck," we track every cent of your cigarette dollar... from the tobacco fields to the supermarket shelf.

401K Diversification

The first criminal trial stemming from the Enron corporate scandal started this week. When Enron collapsed it highlighted a problem of worker retirement plans: its workers had more than <i>50 percent</i> of their plans invested in Enron stock. But has the lesson been learned? Are American workers diversifying their work sponsored retirement plans? Not so, according to a recent study. Brian Bull reports.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

"Straight Story": Student Loan Borrowers

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. A loophole is costing student loan borrowers millions. Chris takes legislators and bureaucrats to school.

"Day in the Work Life": First Time Author

On this week's "A Day in the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we have some words with a first time author.
Posted In: Jobs

From the Money Matters Desk: An Investing Report on Selling Stocks

On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line...we take on a tough but common question...when do you sell a stock? Kai puts that question to Mark Robertson, the senior contributing editor for Better Investing Magazine.
Posted In: Investing

"The Buzzword": Value at Risk

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: "Value at Risk." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Economy

Mailbag for September 25, 2004

Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on giving a financial gift, banking overseas, and choosing an option arm mortgage.
Posted In: Charity, Investing

Mutual Funds Round Up

It's been a little over a year since the mutual fund scandal broke. How has the industry handled the scandal, and have things changed for the average investor? Kai interviews Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Pink Slip Signs

What are the tell tale signs that a company could be in trouble? Kai talks with outplacement expert, John Challenger, of Challenger Gray, and Christmas.
Posted In: Jobs

Protecting Your Future, When the Future of Your Company is Uncertain

Protecting Your Future, When the Future of Your Company is Uncertain How to protect yourself and make the most out of what might be a bad situation. Keep a cool head and you may find ways to extend your health care insurance, bring home the computer, and negotiate a severance package. Some things to know if you're seeing some worrisome signs at work. Marty Goldensohn reports.
Posted In: Jobs