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Jumping into the housing market

Apr 24, 2004
What comes up must come down…right? Well, Isaac Newton didn't try to buy a house in today's market, where gravity is gone. But Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan, said this week that interest rates will rise. Is the bubble about to burst? And how do you jump into a market if you're a first time buyer? Marketplace Reporter Steve Henn has our story.
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"Straight Story": Ethical investing

Apr 24, 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." Ethical investing is the "right" way to make money. But Chris has his own views of right versus wrong.
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How to get out of a bad investment

Apr 24, 2004
Raise your hand if you've heard this one before: If it sounds too good to be true - it probably is. But let's say you learned this lesson too late. Can you bail out of a bad investment? Ross Levin of Accredited Investors is ready to hand you a bucket.
Posted In: Investing

Housing factiod

Apr 24, 2004
The following comes standard when you purchase the average American home: one shower, 19 windows, a dishwasher...
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Mailbag for April 17, 2004

Apr 17, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on emerging markets, interest-only mortgages, finding a financial planner, index funds, CD rates, and becoming a landlord.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Mailbag for April 10, 2004

Apr 10, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, he gives advice on cashing in your stock options, investing in gold, and consolidating student loans.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Mutual funds update

Apr 3, 2004
It's been about six months since New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer first announced his mutual fund investigation. It's time for an update. Don Phillips from the fund rating company Morningstar tells us where things stand for the mutual fund industry.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

"Educating Rico": Chapter 2

Mar 28, 2004
We met Rico, a Sound Money staffer and newcomer to the world of personal finance, a few weeks ago. After some initial advice from our man Chris Farrell, Rico is ready to make his first investment decision. Follow along as Rico hunts for the right index fund.
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"Straight Story": Closing costs

Mar 27, 2004
This and every week we have our Economics Editor Chris Farrell here to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid, and what's the Straight Story. The Housing and Urban Development Department had a plan to deal with streamlining closing costs. But this week-they killed their own proposal. Chris is in a grieving mood.
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"The Buzz Word": 529 plans

Mar 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, like 529 plans -- you hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Investing, Savings

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