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No seniors discount for health care

Helen Palmer | Aug 20, 2007
State lawmakers' landmark effort to cover all Massachusetts residents for health care is proving very successful by most measures. But the AARP says the premiums for seniors simply aren't affordable. Helen Palmer reports.
Posted In: Health

And They Pocketed Millions?

Chris Farrell | Aug 19, 2007
The New York Times has a story delving into the question, how could so many smart people buy so much bad debt. The article makes clear that the...

Minsky Moments Take a Long Time

Chris Farrell | Aug 19, 2007
A reasonable set of forecasts by George Magnus, senior economic adviser at UBS Investment Bank in London. It's dated August 10. (I had set it aside...

Mailbag for Friday, August 17, 2007

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Aug 17, 2007
Economics editor Chris Farrell has advice on financial planning for a terminal illness, divulging personal information on a renter's application and getting benefits after a job loss.

Crocs, stocks and grandkids in Fairfax

Tess Vigeland | Aug 17, 2007
Tess Vigeland went back to Fairfax, Va. to check in with the investment club Formerly Baroque. Among the stocks considered: iPhones, farm machinery and some infamous footwear. Will the ladies kick the Crocs to the curb?
Posted In: Investing

Straight Story: Loans

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland | Aug 17, 2007
This week, Chris Farrell offers his opinion on the role of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae in the mortgage meltdown.

Where the market dive began

Tess Vigeland | Aug 17, 2007
The stock market took another dive this week as fears of an imploding credit market continued to spread. At issue are expectations that the current credit crunch might get worse. Host Tess Vigeland goes back to the beginning of it all with economist Mark Zandi.
Posted In: Economy

Summer School: Consumer sentiment

| Aug 17, 2007
The numbers and the markets will be what they'll be, but how do you feel? Economist Diane Swonk gives us a lesson on consumer sentiment.

529 ways to save for college

Tess Vigeland | Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to college, high school seniors have a lot to consider. But if their parents opened up a 529 plan, one thing they won't have to think about is where to get the money to pay for it. Tess Vigeland talks to Money Magazine writer Penelope Wang.
Posted In: Savings

Home Prices?

Chris Farrell | Aug 17, 2007
It's not surprising that home prices are down. What is a bit surprising is how resilient home prices appear to be after all the shock waves of...