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Heloc vs. Student Loans

Jun 3, 2008
Question: Is it better to use money remaining in our HELOC, money in our savings account or to take out student loans to pay for our daughter's...
Posted In: debt

Credit Counseling? Bankruptcy?

Jun 2, 2008
Question: My husband and I have been offering budget counseling to friends and family for about 2 years now. It is rewarding to help people find...
Posted In: debt

Initial Public Offering

May 30, 2008
Question: I have reason to believe the company I work for is going public. If that happens I think the logical business maneuver would be to...
Posted In: Investing

Free Credit Score?

May 29, 2008
Question: Hello Chris, I thoroughly enjoy your segments, keep up the great work....

A Wedding and a Mortgage

May 28, 2008
Question: Hi Marketplace, I've got a couple good things going for me right now. I just got a new job that pays a lot more than my old one, and I'm...
Posted In: Housing

Consumer Prices

May 27, 2008
Question: i understand that fuel and food prices are not included in the government inflation figures but are included in the consumer spending...
Posted In: Economy

Getting Personal

May 23, 2008
This week, Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell give advice to a woman selling her rental property, and another woman who's not sure if her mortgage loan is too good to be true.


May 23, 2008
Question: Chris: These days all of us receive so much unsolicited mail in our mail boxes, that it is a real headache. It is even more so, with the...


May 23, 2008
Question: The 5/12/08 question posed on your blog asking about the new 0.00 fixed rate on I- Bonds has not been answered. As an 83 year old whose...
Posted In: Investing

Retirement Savings vs. Life Insurance

May 21, 2008
Question: I'm 56 and my wife and I together make around $80k and both contribute to our company matched 401Ks. I plan to retire at age 70. My...
Posted In: insurance, retirement savings


About this collection

Food stamps turns 50 this year.  Since the program was written in to law, it's become one of those government programs that gets a lot of attention from politicians on both the left and the right -- especially recently.  The program has been growing furiously in the last 15 years -- one in seven Americans is on food stamps today. That's more than twice what the rate was in 2000.  Some of that can be explained by changing eligibility requirements and job-losses during the recession. But the fastest growing group of food stamp participants in the last few decades are people who have jobs and work full year-round.  And that suggests a deeper new reality. Even once the recession is fully behind us, could increased use of food stamps driven by low-wage jobs be a permanent fixture of the American economy?