Marketplace Money for December 8-9, 2007

Episode Description 

Deciphering Part D

Another year, another trip through the tangled web of Medicare options. Tess asks Kimberly Lankford to help decrypt Medicare Part D before the end of open enrollment this month.
Posted In: Health

Straight Story: Credit cards

It seems like all personal finance is anymore is getting out of credit card debt. Chris Farrell sets the story straight on the unfair practices of credit cards companies.

Letters

The mailbox is bursting with your comments. This month: your thoughts on "Consumed", mileage runners, the cause of the mortgage crisis, mortgage resets and home swappers.

Investment Clubs: Virginia summary

Tess sits in one last time with the women of Formerly Baroque to find out how these Virginia women managed in the market in 2007.
Posted In: Investing

Marketplace Money Mailbag

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week: getting started in investing, foreclosure, sticking to a budget and lending money to family.

Buzzword: Hard money mortgage

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. This week, a phrase of last resort: "hard money mortgage."

Work Life: Homicide detective

On this week's "A Day in the Work Life," our regular look at how folks trade time for money, we go on the beat in our nation's capital with homicide detective Bill Xanten.

Last chance for expiring tax credits

Looking to cut your energy bills? Act fast and you could cut your tax burden at the same time. Tess asks Andrea Coombes how to take advantage of deductions expiring in 2008.
Posted In: Taxes

Renegotiating a bad mortgage

In this mortgage mess, even a cautious homeowner can end up stuck with an impossible loan. Marketplace's Alisa Roth tells us what to do when you realize you're in over your head.
Posted In: Housing

Silver bullet or bullet dodged?

President Bush has announced his plan to help homeowners in crisis but is it too little too late? Tess asks Nick Retsinas at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard.
Posted In: Housing

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William Bloke
Rockin' the Suburbs
Ben Folds
Cherish the Day / Feel No Pain / No Ordinary

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