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What's my number?

Nov 9, 2011
How much should I save for retirement? Wouldn't you like to know? Most of us wonder if we've really set aside enough for life's later stages,...
Posted In: retirement savings

Stop Obsessing over credit scores

Nov 4, 2011
A couple of weeks ago I was at a credit union and a manager mentioned that customers care deeply about their credit scores. It wasn't the case even...
Posted In: credit score, Guest blogger

A decent return on savings

Oct 28, 2011
Millions of Americans are struggling to save more. The worst job market since the 1930s has convinced us that we need to shore up our personal...
Posted In: Guest blogger, Savings

Self-directed IRAs: Caveat Emptor

Oct 27, 2011
I've noticed an increase in pitches from folks promoting the financial benefits of self-directed IRAs. It's an IRA held by a trustee or custodian...
Posted In: retirement savings, scams

The student debt band-aid

Oct 26, 2011
President Obama's aid to student borrowers is okay. It will allow graduates to consolidate and reduce the interest rates on their student loans. It...
Posted In: college, student loans

Net Price Calculators: Be Wary

Oct 21, 2011
Mark Kantrowitz is the go-to person when it comes to anything involving financial aid for college and graduate school. He's the publisher of the...
Posted In: college, Guest blogger

A good time to remodel

Oct 20, 2011
More evidence of a soft economy: The home remodeling market. The latest reading from the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity from the Joint...
Posted In: Getting Personal, Housing

Eroding trust: Another economy red flag

Oct 19, 2011
It's hardly surprising that Americans don't trust banks and other financial institutions. Think Bank of America's $5 debit card fee; the wide array...
Posted In: Banks, Economics

Retirees will get a 3.6% benefit hike

Oct 19, 2011
Its official: the Social Security Administration says beneficiaries will get a 3.6% increase for 2012--the first since 2009.
Posted In: Retirement

A Social Security pay hike

Oct 17, 2011
It looks like folks on Social Security will get their first cost-of-living increase since 2009 come January. That's according to the American...
Posted In: Retirement

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About this collection

Did you know Doritos were born in a Disneyland dumpster? Or that the Slinky was the happy accident of a naval engineer?

At Marketplace, we’re always curious about the brains behind the products that have become synonymous with American life, so we’re starting a new series called “Brought to you by…”

As part of our Innovators project, we’ll track down the minds and muses behind the stuff you use every day and tell those stories on the radio and our website.

We’re starting with stuff that Americans buy up and bring out every summer, from sunscreen to pool noodles to popsicles.