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Early Retirement and Health Insurance

May 8, 2008
Question: My husband and I are planning on retiring at age 50 (we have approx 13 years left)...meaning we hope to quit our 8-5 corporate jobs and...
Posted In: health care, insurance, Retirement

Roth vs Pay Down Debt

May 6, 2008
Question: I'm 26 years old, and have no credit card debt, no car loans, no student loans. I max out my 401(k), and have a six-month emergency fund....
Posted In: debt, Investing

Cash or Loan?

May 5, 2008
Question: Hi, I have to replace my roof (sooner then later). Should I pay cash from a money market savings account, or take out a loan? Thank you,...
Posted In: debt, Savings

Questions answered on air for May 3-4

May 2, 2008
On this week's Marketplace Money, Chris and Tess answer questions about freeing up assets to purchase an online business, buying foreign real...

Mortgage Accelerator Programs?

May 2, 2008
Question: My husband & I are both retired. We have parent loans for our 3 children's college expenses. We have a $20,000 home equity loan but...
Posted In: debt, Housing

I-Bonds

May 1, 2008
Question; I have been a long term investor in I-Bonds especially when inflation is strong since it is inflation adjusted. But just when inflation...
Posted In: Investing

Socially responsible Investing

Apr 30, 2008
Question: I'd like to invest in a green mutual fund, one that develops wind and solar energies, electric cars etc. I've been looking at Winslow...
Posted In: Investing

Coverdell College Savings

Apr 29, 2008
Question: I have 2 Coverdell IRA's for my 2 children, to which I contribute what I can. I've heard that the program is set to expire in 2010. 1) Is...

Blending Finances

Apr 28, 2008
Question: Hi Chris, My girlfriend and I will be graduating from Cal's City and Regional Planning Master's program next month. We will also be...

Questions answered on air for April 26-27

Apr 25, 2008
On this week's Marketplace Money, Chris and Tess answer questions about rising property values, dealing with a collection agency, transferring...

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About this collection

You hear it a lot: For the economy to get better, we all have to spend more. Consumer confidence, consumer spending, consumer interest, consumer debt.... it's the consumer economy. But didn't spending too much get us in trouble a few years ago? Can we afford the consumer economy? Marketplace explores how we consume, what we get from it, what it costs, and whether we can keep it up.