Marketplace Money for Friday, August 27, 2010

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Marketplace Money for Friday, August 27, 2010

Better now than later -- Use those gift cards!

Tess Vigeland talks to UCLA marketing professor Suzanne Shu about why people have such a hard time using gifts and gift cards.

The Great American Apparel Diet

Tess Vigeland talks to Sally Bjornson of the Great American Apparel Diet about her year of not buying new clothes.
Posted In: Savings

A 'new normal' in New Orleans

Tess Vigeland catches up with writer and New Orleans resident Ian McNulty on how he and the city have been doing since they last spoke in 2008.
Posted In: Savings

New Orleans residents rebuild with 'The Lot Next Door'

Residents, who returned to the neighborhoods most devastated by the floods following Hurricane Katrina, are buying adjacent lots through a city program.
Posted In: Housing

Letters: Government and homes, pricey shampoos

Tess Vigeland reviews your letters from this week.

Getting Personal: Building capital, gay marriage finances

Tess Vigeland and Los Angeles Times' personal finance David Lazarus answer your money questions.
Posted In: Housing, Small Business

Trust me, I'm a financial advisor

Refinance your house! Buy mortgage-backed bonds! Don't invest in Berkshire Hathaway while it's still affordable! Listeners share the worst investment advice they were given.
Posted In: Investing

The 'Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security'

Tess Vigeland talks to author Mark Miller about his book "Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security," on how to plan your retirement without taking on too much risk.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Young investors wary of stock market

It's a tough time to be young and thinking about your retirement. The recession made lots of investors wary of the stock market, but the big returns are key for a comfortable retirement. Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Music from this show

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Wolves
Dosh
Minor Swing (John Beltran's Remember New Orleans Mix)
Django Reinhardt
Somebody Loves Me
Les Paul