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TELL US: How do you talk yourself down from the financial ledge?

Aug 12, 2011
On this week's show, Carl Richards, he's a certified financial planner and New York Times contributor, said that he often makes this suggestion to...
Posted In: Savings, stock market

Time to panic--Not

Aug 12, 2011
Crazy. Wild. Exhausting. Confusing. What's your favorite word for describing the stock market's volatility? Bloomberg estimates that some $6.8...
Posted In: Investing

Student loans and a stagnant economy

Aug 12, 2011
Among the most troubling effects of the economic stall and moribund job market is how hard it hits young college graduates. These are the people...
Posted In: college, student loans

Marketplace Money: What now -- full audio of our live call-in session

Aug 11, 2011
This week has been a nightmare for many people: The U.S. is getting a ratings downgrade, dramatic market losses and gains, people sitting on the ...

The troubled economy's epicenter: Stagnant incomes

Aug 10, 2011
There are lots of factors behind the disappointingly weak economy. Dysfunctional politics in Washington and a national unemployment rate of 9.1%....
Posted In: Economics

Could deflation be next?

Aug 8, 2011
Let's hope not....
Posted In: Economics

Four steps to managing personal debt

Aug 5, 2011
Over the past several weeks Washington put the country through a crazy, bewildering shoutfest over the federal debt. Gnawing worries over the worth...
Posted In: debt

Thoughts on the global market bust

Aug 4, 2011
There's more than a whiff of market panic in the air. Still, the underlying concerns about a slowing global economy are real....
Posted In: Investing

Loan rates are down: The bad and the good

Aug 3, 2011
The cost of borrowing is heading lower. Take mortgage rates. According to, the national average for 30-year fixed rate mortgages is...
Posted In: debt

A stalling economy

Aug 1, 2011
Global investors may be relieved at the political agreement negotiated over the weekend in Washington to lift the debt ceiling limit. (Hold your...
Posted In: Economics



About this collection

Have you ever wondered why you can buy a whole rotisserie-cooked chicken at the grocery store cheaper than a pack of two frozen chicken breasts? Or why hotels give you a mending kit but no toothbrush? What does the YKK mean on all of your zippers? Who invented the foam finger? If you’re like us, you’ve got a lot of questions about the small, simple, brilliant and ubiquitous things in the world of business, and we want to help answer them for you.