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From the Money Matters Desk: A consumer report on insurance

Jul 10, 2004
Own a home? Or a car? You’re probably well acquainted with the world of insurance policies. No one likes to pay for something they'll hope they won't need, but the experts agree that car, home and medical insurance are musts. But what about credit card loss protection or travel insurance? Kai interviews Consumer Reports' deputy editor Lisa Freeman about insurance policies you don’t need.
Posted In: Investing

Mailbag for July 10, 2004

Jul 10, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on saving for retirement at a later age, leasing to own a house, and writing a will.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings

The Regulators

Jul 10, 2004
Curious about who is looking after your wallet? Kai investigates what regulators have been doing to protect your finances. Right now, the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating mutual funds, 401ks, and insurance companies. We get a SEC roundup from Professor Eric Talley, a securities legal expert.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

"Straight Story": Housing Bubble

Jul 3, 2004
It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. Will an exploding housing bubble implode the economy? Chris is on the lookout.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

"Buzzword": Regulation FD

Jul 3, 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: Regulation FD. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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This mortgage wants you

Jul 3, 2004
Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan did exactly what we all expected last week. He and his colleagues on the Federal Open Market Committee raised short-term rates by a quarter of a percentage point. Most analysts say home loans will be getting more expensive, so what mortgage is right for you? Jeff Tyler has the story.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Letters for June 26, 2004

Jun 27, 2004
We open the Sound Money mail from the last few weeks. Don’t miss the missives.
Posted In: Investing

"Educating Rico": What's good credit

Jun 27, 2004
We've all heard the term...good credit. That's something you need in this country if you want to buy a house or lease a car. But what does good credit mean? And who decides what's "good?" In this month's installment of "Educating Rico"...our financially challenged protagonist discovers it all comes down to one little number.
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"Straight Story": The index fund debate

Jun 27, 2004
It's time once again for our economics editor Chris Farrell is to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the "Straight Story." Are index funds headed for trouble? Chris diffuses the situation.
Posted In: Investing

From the Money Matters Desk: An investing report on risk

Jun 27, 2004
We had a look last week at how investors should think about "uncertainty" in the markets. On this week's "Money Matters" -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- we examine risk tolerance. Terrence Odean studies risk at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley. He explains how to measure your risk tolerance.
Posted In: Investing

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