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Marketplace Money for February 18, 2011

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Marketplace Money for February 18, 2011

Getting Personal: The best way to get out of debt

Tess Vigeland and MSN's Liz Weston answer listener questions. This week, Liz offers suggestions on the best way to get out of debt and tell us whether or not it's wise to invest in the stock market over the housing industry.
Posted In: Investing, Personal Finance

Letters: Reverse mortgages, dating while unemployed

Tess Vigeland and senior producer Deborah Clark goes over listener responses to recent stories. This week: People who want to offer their zip code to the cashier, and the good and the bad of reverse mortgages.

How to make $1.8 million in three easy months

For the winner of a German investment contest the answer was easy -- a little bit of luck and a lot of derivatives.
Posted In: Investing

What's in your wallet, Alan Escobar?

Alan Escabar let's us take a peek into his wallet and talks about making music on the streets.

Spousonomics: Using economics to benefit your marriage

Can thinking like an economist spruce up your sex life and help get the dirty dishes clean? Paula Szuchman and Jenny Anderson, authors of "Spousonomics," talk with Tess Vigeland about why treating your marriage like a business partnership might help solve some of your marital issues.
Posted In: Books

Should you be liable for "crash taxes"?

"Crash taxes" may go by other names, but they're essentially fees for public services like fire department response and clean-up in auto accidents. But who should foot the bill?
Posted In: Taxes

Changing the 30-year mortgage

The housing crisis has forced the U.S. government to take a second look at how Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac operate. So how could those mortgage giants change?
Posted In: Housing

New game tests your ability to make it on $1,000 for a month

A new online game called SPENT helps players imagine the reality of living below the poverty level. Host Tess Vigeland explores what playing SPENT teaches you with Patrice Nelson, executive director of Urban Ministries, which helped co-develop the game.

Where we stand with the consumer protection bureau

Elizabeth Warren, special adviser on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, talks with Tess Vigeland about what has been done so far to set up the agency and what major concerns consumers have at the moment.
Posted In: Personal Finance

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