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Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell | Dec 21, 2007
Economics editor Chris Farrell answers listeners' questions about how to tell whether your mortgage is subprime, paying the principal off your student loans and getting future health care for an autistic child.
Posted In: Investing

Straight Story: Mad about index funds

Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell | Dec 21, 2007
Economics editor Chris Farrell wonders: Why doesn't Jim Cramer's television show tell people to have a diverse portfolio? He explores why with Tess Vigeland.

Investing young, but wisely

Alex Schmidt | Dec 21, 2007
Mutual funds are trying to ease young investors into building their portfolios, but they're not necessarily the best place to go for investment advice. Alex Schmidt explores what it's like to just start out.
Posted In: Investing

Tithing can be a good investment

| Dec 21, 2007
What goes around might come around, but can karma apply to our finances? Cash Peters explores the mystical implications and cold, hard reality of tithing after deciding to give away 10 percent of his income.
Posted In: Charity

Taking 'Wow!' out of Wall Street parties

Amy Scott | Dec 21, 2007
The number of companies throwing bashes this holiday season has declined almost 10 percent from last year, according to one report. Chalk it up to general worries about the economy. Amy Scott takes a look at one industry in particular that is feeling the pinch.
Posted In: Wall Street

Fed cracks down on mortgage lending

Nancy Marshall-Genzer and Tess Vigeland | Dec 21, 2007
The Federal Reserve proposed a strict set of rules for subprime mortgages. Tess Vigeland talks to Nancy Marshall Genzer from Marketplace's Washington, D.C. bureau about what's at stake and how the Fed plan may affect homeowners.
Posted In: Economy, Taxes

Week on Wall Street

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 21, 2007
Stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson chats with host Kai Ryssdal about what happened on Wall Street this week and what may lie ahead.
Posted In: Wall Street

Luxury hotels turn it up for extra stars

| Dec 21, 2007
Whatever weakness the economy's showing, luxury goods continue to sell. The top-end hotel market is booming with plush one-upsmanship. Alex Goldmark looked into reports of six- and even seven-star hotels.
Posted In: Travel

What has Martha wrought?

| Dec 21, 2007
Twenty-five years ago, before the perfect pie crust, the signature series at K-Mart and the minimum-security prison, there was Martha Stewart's first book, "Entertaining." After all this time, says commentator Peter Hyman, the lifestyle queen's best creation remains herself.

'The Squandering of America'

Kai Ryssdal | Dec 21, 2007
Author Robert Kuttner says lawmakers on both sides of the aisle need to answer for the latest hiccup in our economy. His new book, "The Squandering of America" looks at how the failure of our politics undermines our prosperity. He talks with Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Books, Economy

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