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Mailbag for Friday, October 27, 2006

| Oct 27, 2006
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on selling a home for a loss, giving out your Social Security number and investing in annuities.

Investing in real estate

| Oct 27, 2006
Home prices took another hit in September. Still, there might be another way to profit from real estate. Kai finds out from David Wyss, the chief economist of Standard & Poor's.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

Down in debt

| Oct 27, 2006
Climbing out from debt isn't easy. Reporter Trey Kay shares the story of a woman who recovered after major financial missteps.

Shopping for health care

| Oct 27, 2006
So your state doesn't offer databases to compare health care prices. What can you do on your own? Kai asks Chris Gearon of the Washington Post.

Post those drug prices

| Oct 27, 2006
Smart consumers shop around, but it's almost impossible to compare prices for medicine. One state has prescribed a solution. Lyn Millner reports from Florida.

The income trap

| Oct 27, 2006
Minimum wage is shaping up as a big economic issue in this year's midterm election. Six states have ballot measures to hike the hourly wage. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Jobs

GDP is down

John Dimsdale | Oct 27, 2006
Today, the government said that third quarter GDP growth is at the weakest levels in more than three years. Many investors are worried the slowdown would prompt the Fed to raise interest rates. John Dimsdale reports.

The NYSE & Tokyo

Ashley Milne-Tyte | Oct 27, 2006
The New York Stock Exchange is negotiating an alliance with the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The news comes as the NYSE seals its deal to merge with the pan-European exchange Euronext. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

AutoNation is shrinking

Rachel Dornhelm | Oct 27, 2006
AutoNation Inc., the nation's largest car retailer, said it's going to slash the number of vehicles it buys from the Big Three. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Economy

Private newspapers

Diantha Parker | Oct 27, 2006
Several major metropolitan dailies are the subjects of private buyout offers by local businessmen. Is the trend a return of the newspaper industry to a gentlemen's business? Diantha Parker reports.

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