Marketplace Money for December 27-28, 2008

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Marketplace Money for December 27-28, 2008

Oil profits help Houston boom

As a center for oil profits, Houston continues to see substantial job growth. But the numbers of the hungry increase in parallel to the city's prosperity. Kate Archer Kent reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Oil

Learning to believe in banks

Earlier this year, Tess Vigeland spoke with author Margaret Atwood about the importance of trust in keeping the banking system working properly. In this extended interview, she explores whether we will learn from our past credit mistakes.
Posted In: Books, Investing

Lessons learned from the crisis

Instead of lashing out at the causes of the financial crisis, why not learn from them? Tess Vigeland and Marketplace's Senior Business Correspondent Bob Moon try to garner wisdom from the pains of the past year.

Gift-giving is irrational, but important

Sitting in a pile of holiday gifts you don't necessarily want? Why do we spend so much money on presents anyway? Commentator Dan Ariely explains that giving gifts is a waste of money, but crucial as a social lubricant.

An oil check to keep Alaskans warm

Every year, Alaska residents receive a check from the dividends of oil drilling. Emily Schwing asked some of them where their oil money goes.
Posted In: Oil

Straight Story: Goals met in 2008

The year is just about over. How did Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell do on the New Year's resolutions they made in January? They check in and grade themselves on financial accomplishments.

Getting Personal

This week, Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell answer questions about what happens to an IRA when the bank it's with fails, and whether it's a good idea to buy shares in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae right now.

Day in the Work Life: Projectionist

Let's face it: It's been a terrible year. Why not forget your financial troubles for awhile and go see a movie? This week, we go to a film archive in Montreal, Canada to find out what it takes to be a good projectionist.