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Would you or better yet, should you buy a pre-paid car maintenance plan?

Sep 23, 2011
When you buy a new car, the finance manager might try to sell you a pre-paid maintenance plan. On the spur of the moment, this might sound like a...
Posted In: budget, Edmunds, Personal Finance, Phil Reed, pre-paid car maintenance

The wealth gap

Sep 21, 2011
Here's more financial damage from the Great Recession. The largest economic gap between blacks and whites isn't income, but wealth. Sad to say--but...
Posted In: Economics, Savings

Target date funds are popular

Sep 20, 2011
One part of the investing universe is growing rapidly: target date funds....
Posted In: Investing, retirement savings

A post from Rural America

Sep 16, 2011
Mass layoffs like those at Bank of America are traumatic. Some 25 million Americans are unemployed or involuntarily underemployed, struggling to...

Retirement Heist

Sep 16, 2011
You wouldn't think defined contribution pension plans, 401(k)s, health care plans, and executive deferred compensation plans would make for a great...
Posted In: retirement savings

Do You Have Financial PTSD?

Sep 9, 2011
You have been traumatized by a financial disaster from which you are convinced you cannot recover or come back, nor believe that you can find a job...
Posted In: Dr. Mark Goulston, financial disaster, Personal Finance, PTSD

Paying off a credit card debt

Sep 9, 2011
Question: I have a credit card with an outstanding balance of $1,646. I try to make monthly payments around $100, but I often forget and do it a...

Family budgets slashed by health care costs

Sep 8, 2011
We know healthcare is increasingly expensive. Still, I always find the numbers stunning. For instance, from 1999 through 2009 U.S. spending on...
Posted In: Economics, insurance

Stimulating jobs in a climate of political gridlock

Sep 2, 2011
Dismal. Glum. Miserable. Terrible. These are among the words journalists have used to describe the finding of statisticians at the Bureau of Labor...
Posted In: Economics

Treasuries: Risk free or not?

Sep 1, 2011
One of the most important issues in personal finance is whether U.S. Treasuries are still risk-free securities....
Posted In: Investing, Personal Finance

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Host Tess Vigeland and the Marketplace Money team present Making Money, a blog about personal finance, the economy, and the making of our weekly radio show. Visit our show page, listen to the latest episode, or subscribe to the podcast. Plus, find answers to your personal finance questions on topics from saving for retirement to bankruptcy in the Getting Personal blog.