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Marketplace Money for December 6-7, 2008

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Addicted to credit

Levels of consumer debt are out of control, but we just keep charging. Host Tess Vigeland asks Stuart Vyse why Americans are so comfortable putting almost any expense on plastic.

Day in the Work Life: Fountain designer

On this week's "A Day in the Work Life," we learn how fountain designer Bonnie Thompson choreographs water.

Meeting a 'market maven'

Reporter Daniel Estrin always knew his mother was on top of all the deals in town. What he didn't know was that she might be a full blown "market maven." He lays out the evidence.
Posted In: Retail

Getting Personal

Economics editor Chris Farrell and host Tess Vigeland take questions on credit, investing, bank errors, and mortgages.

Why now may be the time to buy

The market slump has turned many solid stocks into incredible bargains. Host Tess Vigeland asks Knight Kiplinger how to take advantage of a bear market.
Posted In: Investing

Here's what I'm doing: John Laine

Marketplace presents "Here's What I'm Doing," a series asking people from all walks of life how they're coping with the financial crisis. In this edition, investor and real estate developer John Laine.
Posted In: Investing

Is your mutual fund on track?

It's tough to be ahead in this market, but how can you tell when the problem is your particular fund? Host Tess Vigeland asks analyst Dan Culloton how to judge the quality of a fund during tough times.
Posted In: Investing

Straight Story: Keeping credit in check

Economics editor Chris Farrell sets the story straight on credit cards and being responsible with your debt.

Credit card companies buckle down

Hard times are taking their toll on credit card terms, including lower limits and higher fees. Host Tess Vigeland asks columnist Liz Pulliam Weston how to avoid tougher terms.

The underemployment problem

Unemployment figures are in the news, but an even larger number of workers are underemployed -- working too few hours or stuck in field unrelated to their skills. Marketplace's Rachel Dornhelm reports.
Posted In: Jobs