"The Buzz Word": Public Employee Retirement System

Apr 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 - Public Employee Retirement System. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Much ado about Medicare

Mar 28, 2004
The Medicare pot is shrinking, and experts predict the money will run out by 2019. How can the government ensure the program’s health? We checked in with Princeton Professor Uwe Reinhardt who has an answer for the government.
Posted In: Retirement

Banking on your 401(k)

Mar 28, 2004
About half of all American workers are enrolled in a 401(k) plan, or its non-profit counterpart, the 403(b). Under those plans, employers take some of their workers' wages and put them into a retirement account. It turns out there are some employers who just take the money …Sound Money's Matthew Algeo reports on the problem.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

Mailbag for March 27, 2004

Mar 27, 2004
Chris Farrell answers more of your burning money questions. This week, Chris explains: the difference between an EE and I bond, why paying a credit card balance with retirement savings is a no-no, and how you can put the word "me" in retireMEnt.
Posted In: Retirement

Mailbag for March 20, 2004

Mar 20, 2004
Each week, we choose the most burning of your money questions for our very own Chris Farrell to answer. This week, Chris explains when it's OK to give your children money, who is Warren Buffet, and how you can learn about the stock market without risking a dime.
Posted In: Charity, Retirement

"Straight Story": Say it isn't so...Social Security

Mar 6, 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." This week, Social Security. Is Social Security on its last financial breath? Chris has a different take.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

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

Erica takes listener questions for January 24, 2004

Jan 24, 2004
Sound Money's in-house investment expert Erica Whittlinger answers listener questions on starting an investment portfolio, variable annuities, and 401(k)s.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement