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Mailbag for Febraury 28, 2004

Feb 28, 2004
Each week, we pick a few of your burning money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains: when it's OK to shred your old financial documents, how to talk about financial issues with aging parents, the ins and outs of real estate investment trusts, and whether it makes sense to put a little bit of money toward a lot of debt.
Posted In: Investing

Raising children and personal finance: A conversation with Eric Tyson

Feb 28, 2004
How do you budget for children? How do you think about balancing life with work? Can you make your family work financially if one parent decides to stay home? These are some of the questions we started thinking about after our host, Kai Ryssdal, welcomed his third child into the world this week. Check out Kai's interview with Eric Tyson, a personal finance counselor and the author of "Personal Finance for Dummies."
Posted In: Investing

Educating Rico

Feb 21, 2004
Meet Rico, Sound Money staffer and newcomer to the world of personal finance. He doesn't have much money saved, has never owned a home, and has a bunch of debt. So, what can you learn from him? That it's never too late to start planning your financial future, if you're willing pick up some books and start reading.
Posted In: Investing

The Buzz Word: Stock Swap

Feb 21, 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: Stock Swap. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
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Index fund investing

Feb 7, 2004
When is an index fund not an index fund? Our in-house investment expert Erica Whittlinger talks with Stephanie Curtis about the proliferation of specialty index funds and whether or not they’re worth your time and money.
Posted In: Investing

Mutual fund fees

Jan 31, 2004
The mutual fund scandal continues to grab headlines, and this week fees are the hot topic. Chris Farrell finds out from financial planner and author Frank Armstrong just how high fees are and what to do about them.
Posted In: Investing

Reverse mortgages

Jan 31, 2004
If you're a homeowner, you've been writing mortgage checks out to your bank for years. Wouldn't it be nice if the bank wrote you a check? Stephanie Curtis talks with attorney and author Steve Weisman about the pros and cons of reverse mortgages.
Posted In: Investing

401(k) versus Roth IRA

Jan 31, 2004
Is a 401(k) better than a Roth IRA? Stephanie Curtis talks with Sound Money's in-house investment expert Erica Whittlinger about the best place to put your money.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

The stock market

Jan 24, 2004
2003 saw the stock market rally itself out of recession. Does this mean bullish times ahead? Don't count on it, says financial journalist and author Maggie Mahar. Chris Farrell talks with Maggie about market cycles—what are they, why investors need to know about them, and why it may be awhile before we see a bull again.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

Investing in real estate

Jan 24, 2004
After the boom—and bust—of the stock market, you might be looking for a more solid investment. And what could be more solid than real estate? You can see it and touch it. Stephanie Curtis talks with real estate expert Allen Cymrot on how to build real estate into your portfolio.
Posted In: Investing

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