From the Money Matters Desk: All Your Worth

Apr 29, 2005
If you only just decided to make a budget, don't worry. It's not too late to get cookin'. Here to help Kai count financial calories is author Amelia Tyagi. Her new book has tips on how to make and stick to a financial diet.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

From the Money Matters Desk: Retiring Retirement

Mar 13, 2005
Howard and Marika Stone are book authors, public speakers, and retirement experts. They're also part of the 60-plus set who have shunned leisure in favor of work. On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look on how to improve your bottom line -- the Stones' offer retirement planning for people who don't want to slow down.
Posted In: Retirement

Reinventing Retirement

Mar 13, 2005
This week, a four-part series with public radio's business program "Marketplace." It's called Reinventing Retirement. Special Correspondent Jo Giese traveled to Wyoming for our story. That state's quickly graying population gives us a glimpse of what's down the road for the rest of the country, as baby boomers start to retire. We'll meet Rick and Sharon Olsen. Retired and in their 60s, they'd rather work a farm in snowy rural Buffalo than lounge on a beach in Florida. And we'll hear from Governor Dave Freudenthal, who's trying to get the state's employers and policymakers to see retirees as a "new natural resource" rather than a burden.
Posted In: Retirement

401K Woes

Mar 12, 2005
This weekend, President Bush is on the road selling his Social Security proposal. The president's plan - have people manage part of their retirement accounts privately. But a new study suggests we don't even understand the basics behind an existing retirement system - the work-sponsored 401 (k). What does this mean for Social Security? Marketplace's Matthew Algeo reports.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Mailbag for February 12, 2005

Feb 12, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on avoiding mutual fund fees, talking to a parent about money, and researching index funds.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Defining Social Security

Jan 30, 2005
To change or not to change? That's the question facing the nation's 70-year-old Social Security system. It got us here at Sound Money wondering: what is Social Security? How does it work? Sound Money's Matthew Algeo reports on Social Security's past and present.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

Remaking Home Ec

Jan 29, 2005
During his second inaugural address, President Bush renewed his call for a so-called ownership society. What does that mean for you? Shouldering more responsibility-in terms of your investments, retirement accounts, and health insurance. Reporter Bill Poorman examines how one class -- home economics -- might help.
Posted In: Economy, Retirement, Savings

Mailbag for January 22, 2005

Jan 22, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on selecting a self-employed retirement account, consolidating 403b accounts, and preparing for bad news in the market.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

PBGC Reform

Jan 15, 2005
The Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation is the government agency that funds private pensions when companies go belly up. But, if the PBGC goes bankrupt, that could mean American workers would get just pennies on the dollar from their pensions. To prevent that, the PBGC is looking at possible reforms... Kai talks to pensions wonk Douglas Elliot about how the changes could affect workers.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Mailbag for January 8, 2005

Jan 9, 2005
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week: advice on saving for a mortgage, choosing between retirement and emergency savings, and handling money in a marriage.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings