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The Recession's Consumer Paradox

Aug 23, 2011
David Brancaccio was in Los Angeles last week to guest host Marketplace Money. The theme: Borrow or spend? If we don't spend, life gets drained...
Posted In: credit report, credit score, economy 4.0, GDP, marketplace money, Saving, spending

Bad credit could hurt your job search

Aug 19, 2011
Some recruiters are now choosing to check applicants' credit reports, and it could make a difference whether or not you land that job
Posted In: Jobs

Spending vs. savings during these unnerving times

Aug 19, 2011
Into the teeth of this economic gale, I had to make quite a spending decision this week. It wasn't a frivolous purchase - not the $5,000 carbon-f...
Posted In: Personal Finance, Saving, spending

Why the rich are investing in 'family offices'

Aug 8, 2011
A 'family office' is an investment vehicle that deals with the money of a single family, allowing the wealthy investors to avoid a lot of disclosure and regulation
Posted In: Investing

How is your credit report affecting your employment?

Jul 26, 2011
A study by the Society for Human Resource Management found that over 60 percent of employers used credit reports in deciding whether to hire...
Posted In: credit report, credit score, david brancaccio, economy 4.0

DC walking tour: The CFPB friends and foes

Jul 21, 2011
Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio takes us to the government institutions that can help -- and hurt -- the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Alternative Indicator: The G(raffiti)DP

Jul 20, 2011
The numbers are bad: Unemployment is at 9.2% after rising for three straight months. Goldman Sachs cut its GDP growth forecast from 2% down to 1....
Posted In: Albuquerque, alternative indicator, Bernalillo County, economy 4.0, graffiti

Storming the Capital: A CFPB Walking Tour

Jul 20, 2011
David Brancaccio travels to Washington to see the institutions interested in the powerful new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau....
Posted In: ABA, CFPB, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Federal Reserve, treasury

Separate and unequal economies in the Arab world

Jun 23, 2011
Separate economic systems are meant to spur investment and foreign entrepreneurialism. But the Arab economic model may in fact be holding economies back.

Free Zones: A Tale of Two Economies

Jun 23, 2011
Think one economy is hard enough to regulate? Try Two. In the U.A.E., so-called "free zones" allow foreigners to set up businesses for nominal fe...
Posted In: economy 4.0, middle east

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About this collection

What Were You Thinking - It's the Marketplace Money series that looks at why we do what we do with our money. Why we make all kinds of money decisions that seem to go against our best interest. Whether it's paying more for a product because you assume a higher price makes it better or letting a gift card linger in your wallet because you don't want to waste it.