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Mailbag for September 4, 2004

Sep 4, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on using dollar cost averaging, investing in corporate bonds, and starting the financial planning for a long trip.
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Investing in Commodities

Sep 4, 2004
Feeling a little uncertain with seesaw oil prices and a mercurial stock market? Well, we've got one word for you: Commodities. Kai speaks to Dan McNeela, a senior analyst at Morningstar, about what investing in raw goods can do for your portfolio.
Posted In: Economy, Investing
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From The Money Matters Desk: A Consumer Report on Buying Wine

Aug 28, 2004
On this week's "Money Matters" - our regular look at how to improve your bottom line-- we've got some beverage tips just in time for your Labor Day celebration. If you are sick of picking up a six-pack when the invite says BYOB, why not choose a bottle of wine instead? Kai asks Randy Clement, the co-owner of Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, for help in selecting wine.
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Iowa's Political Futures

Aug 20, 2004
Got some cash to invest? Why not stake money in the upcoming presidential race? Just go to the Iowa Electronic Market, and the choice between Bush and Kerry plays out in a real money futures market. Kai speaks to Dan Gross, who has written about this market for Slate and The New York Times.
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"Buzzword": Directed Brokerage

Aug 20, 2004
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: "directed brokerage." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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From the Money Matters Desk: An investment report on finding a fee-only financial planner

Aug 20, 2004
On this week's "Money Matters" -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we tackle the question: How to find a fee-only financial planner? We've called on Elizabeth Jetton, president of the Financial Planning Association, to assist.
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Investment Clubs

Aug 14, 2004
Interested in pooling your resources and tackling the stock market as part of a team effort? Why not join the roughly 22,000 people registered in investment clubs? Angelle McQuade, the co-author of "Investment Clubs for Dummies", gives Kai the scoop on how to participate in an investment club.
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From the Money Matters Desk: An investing report on IRA rollovers

Aug 14, 2004
On this week's "Money Matters" -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we take a look at what to do with your precious retirement savings when you leave a job. Should you keep the money in your current employee sponsored 401k? Or should you roll it over to an IRA? We invited Kathy Kristof, personal finance columnist for the Los Angeles Times, to give us her advice.
Posted In: Investing, Savings
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"Buzzword": Trading Range

Aug 14, 2004
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: "Trading Range." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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Mailbag for August 14, 2004

Aug 14, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on investing in 529 college plans, researching reverse mortgages, and selling off stocks.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

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