Marketplace Money for April 4-5, 2009

Episode Description 

Demystifying tax law changes

Quite a few modifications to tax laws have resulted from President Obama's stimulus plan and housing credit. Tax analyst Mark Luscombe explains what the changes mean for those who have not yet filed returns.
Posted In: Taxes

Iceland warms up to frugality

On the brink of financial collapse last year, Iceland is now trying to recover and its citizens are embracing a culture of conservative spending. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Day in the Work Life: Pro hockey player

We hear from professional hockey player Mike Komisarek, a defenseman for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League.

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell answer listeners' questions about whether moving during the recession is a good idea, what to do when a company stops matching 401(k)s and how to handle unused pension or HSA funds.

Online checking is a good option

Money market funds, CDs and other accounts that used to offer large returns are now only offering 1% interest. Laura Bruce of discusses whether high interest online accounts come with a risky catch.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Congress eyes tougher credit card laws

A congressional subcommittee recently approved a version of a credit-card "bill of rights" that could protect consumers from abusive billing practices. Nick Bourke of the Pew Charitable Trust talks about some companies' questionable methods.
Posted In: Economy

The Straight Story

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell discuss how to prepare for the potential loss of entire industries and how some people might have to start rethinking their plans for retirement.

In Scranton, hard times are here again

The economy has not been kind to Scranton, Pa. -- even during some of America's good times. Reporter Peter Crimmins attended a job fair to find out how residents of this hard-luck town are dealing with this recession.
Posted In: Jobs

Hit twice by layoffs, family gets moving

When Yvonne and Ronnie Hart both lost their jobs in California, they headed for Houston, where family and friends are helping them make a new start. Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Economy

Music from this show

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Zonin' [Explicit]
Gang Starr
The Message (feat. Melle Mel & Duke Bootee)
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Have Mercy
Grazing In The Grass (Album Version)
Hugh Masekela
Fixed Income
DJ Shadow
Army Of Me
Army Of Me
Savage Beast (Instrumental) [Explicit]

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