Marketplace Money for September 29, 2006

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Marketplace Money for September 29, 2006

Straight Story: Corporate report card

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. It was a big week for corporate criminals. Chris surveys the landscape.

Day in the Work Life: Ad woman

On this week's A Day in the Work Life, our look at how folks trade their time for money, we spread the word with a performance marketer.

Buzzword: Competitiveness index

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

Mailbag for Friday, September 29, 2006

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on becoming a contract worker, paying down student loans and building a home.

Money Matters: A road trip home

August brought lower home prices, but not low enough for one author. Karrie Jacobs went in search of the perfect $100,000 pad. 14,000 miles later, did she find it? Kai talks with Karrie.

Pumping your pocketbook

Oil prices keep dipping and the price at the pump is slowly following. Can declining energy prices really make a difference in your household? Kai interviews Severin Borenstein, the director of the University of California Energy Institute.

Medical ID theft

Identity theft isn't only about credit cards. Your medical records can fall into the wrong hands. How do you protect yourself? Kai talks with Joseph Menn of the Los Angeles Times.

Bugs for retirement

There are plenty of ways to save for retirement. Pick an index fund. Or use a Roth. But what about a safety net of classic VW Bugs? Tom Kramer has the story.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Retirement

Easy ways to diversify your portfolio

It's a popular personal finance mantra: diversify, diversify, diversity. Are you as diversified as you think? Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Investing

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