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Life goes on after foreclosure

Nov 27, 2009
Stories of families in the throes of losing their homes are all over the news. But what happens to those families -- and the homes -- after the foreclosure is final? Krissy Clark visits a couple in Las Vegas to find out.

What good does the Dow rising do?

Sep 23, 2009
The Dow Industrials has made a run at hitting the 10,000 mark recently. Commentator Robert Reich says the rally isn't really helping working Americans.
Posted In: Wall Street

I bow before my Queen of Frugality

Sep 11, 2009
Commentator W. Hodding Carter and his wife have committed to a frugal lifestyle. Carter says that by sticking to that commitment even on special occasions, such as their recent wedding anniversary, he rediscovers what he values in her.
Posted In: Savings

No recovery with so many unemployed

Sep 9, 2009
While some sectors of the economy are improving, the labor market is still hurting. Commentator Robert Reich says that's bad news for a real recovery.
Posted In: Economy

Long-term jobless will still struggle

Aug 11, 2009
The economy lost 247,000 jobs last month, and that's a substantial improvement over earlier this year. But before we declare the recession over, commentator Justin Wolfers warns not to overlook the problem of long-term unemployment.
Posted In: Jobs

As jobs evolve, so should tax code

Aug 3, 2009
The era of steady, lifelong 9-to-5 employment seems to be waning. These days more people work for themselves or telecommute for different firms. Commentator Amelia Tyagi says the tax code needs to adapt to a changing workforce.
Posted In: Jobs, Taxes

Shopping's not a snap with food stamps

Jul 31, 2009
Food stamps help thousands of families in need. But to get the most of out of them you need some smart shopping strategies. Reporter Jeff Tyler follows one woman who's become very savvy at navigating the food benefit system.
Posted In: Food, Health

Life goes on after foreclosure

Jul 27, 2009
Stories of families in the throes of losing their homes are all over the news. But what happens to those families -- and the homes -- after the foreclosure is final? Krissy Clark visits a couple in Las Vegas to find out.
Posted In: Housing

In Vegas, 'It just got worse and worse'

Jul 17, 2009
Las Vegas had one of the nation's hottest economies when home prices were rising. Now, it's gone bust. Reporter Krissy Clark meets a former mortgage broker who's trying to make a life after living through the boom's rise and fall.

'Daddy helper' makes frugality easier

Jul 17, 2009
With no money for camp, Hodding Carter IV is taking his kids' summer entertainment upon himself. That includes helping Dad make mead, an ancient kind of wine, to take the edge off so much quality time.
Posted In: Food, Savings

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