Features by Steve Tripoli

Fewer seats to choose from

Big airlines are planning to make fewer seats available this year to cover higher fuel costs and increase profits. Steve Tripoli reports dropping seats doesn't necessarily mean carriers are dropping the price of fares.
Posted In: Travel

New packaging, same bank

Many big banks like JP Morgan Chase and Citigroup are releasing new ad slogans in an effort to rebrand themselves. Steve Tripoli explores why, and whether these marketing efforts will ultimately matter to consumers.

Entrepreneurs unite!

Marketplace's Steve Tripoli has noticed an international trend -- entrepreneurs in developing economies calling for the rule of law to protect their business interests. He explains to Kai Ryssdal.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

IRS looking at 'instant' tax refunds

Tax preparers and their bank partners have been making a ton of money off so-called "tax refund anticipation loans" for years. But consumer groups say these loans are a terrible idea that ought to be banned, and the IRS might be taking action. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Mortgage brokers starting to register

To combat abusive lending practices, seven states have launched a standardized registry for mortgage brokers. Eventually, regulators nationwide will know about those who fail to register. Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Housing

Oil hits $100 a barrel. Will it go higher?

The price of oil briefly reached $100 a barrel today. Steve Tripoli reports on whether high prices are here for a while. And if so, what they might mean.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Home sales numbers say keep it cheap

Existing home sales numbers are projected to come up slightly from sharp lows. Steve Tripoli reports more downward price pressure is expected ahead for the new year -- so if you're selling a home, sell low.
Posted In: Housing

Digitizing the Boston Public Library

Boston's Public Library has landed a grant to digitize its collection of government documents, which includes an archive of the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings from the 1950's. Steve Tripoli reports.

Hard to bare the bear market

It's been a bad year for bear-market mutual funds. Steve Tripoli reports besides trailing all other mutual funds, future prospects are also looking grim, and economic optimists should be warned.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Home-equity fix creates bigger problem

With the middle class strapped for cash, Americans have turned to home equity -- and the well is running dry. Marketplace's Steve Tripoli talks to host Doug Krizner about a long-term pay-off for a short-term solution.


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