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It takes a village to nurture a retiree

| Sep 7, 2007
Communities of retirees have sprung up as a desirable alternative to giving up homeownership for senior living. Wren Elhai visits with one new village member in Washington, D.C.
Posted In: Retirement

Educating Rico: How to re-fi

| Sep 7, 2007
This week, the Fed issued new guidance for lenders to help homeowners re-finance their mortgages. But you can't re-fi if you barely know what it means. On this installment Educating Rico, Rico Gagliano learns how a re-fi works -- and why sometimes, it doesn't.

Navigating tax policy change

Tess Vigeland | Sep 7, 2007
President Bush recently announced that he'd push for at least a temporary change in tax policy to help homeowners who either short sell or foreclose on their homes. Tess Vigeland finds out more with Los Angeles Times personal finance writer Kathy Kristof.

Straight Story: Improving our health care

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Sep 7, 2007
Presidential candidates are saying that we have the "best health care system in the world." Chris Farrell says we should make that statement true -- through universal health care.

Why don't you write us?

Tess Vigeland | Sep 7, 2007
Every month, we go over listener comments about the show. This month, Tess Vigeland gets responses on an old debt, the expertise of members in our investment club series and an engineering versus a liberal arts education.
Posted In: Education, Retirement

Buzzword: LIBOR

| Sep 7, 2007
This week, the LIBOR rose to a six-year high. And if you have an adjustable-rate mortgage, you know that's not a good thing.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Tax Reform?

Chris Farrell | Sep 7, 2007
Will we get a meaningful tax reform discussion? Will Congress get rid of the terrible tax law known as the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Hope...

Day in the Work Life: Goalkeeper

| Sep 7, 2007
With all the attention David Beckham has gotten lately, some may have forgotten there are 10 other players on the field. This week, we turn a much-deserved spotlight on the L.A. Galaxy's goalie.

Summer School: Graduation

| Sep 7, 2007
With September's arrival comes our last summer school class. Dust off that syllabus you got the first day and let's see if you paid attention.

Mailbag for Friday, Sept. 7, 2007

Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell | Sep 7, 2007
This week, Chris Farrell's advice on investing in penny stocks, using an open check from a credit card company, and keeping open old checking accounts.
Posted In: Investing