Marketplace Money for Friday, August 5, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, August 5, 2011

What's a bond, a Treasury, a T-bill?

With news of the U.S. debt downgrade, it's time to get a basic explanation of the bond market
Posted In: Investing

The economic impact of the S&P downgrade

New York bureau chief Heidi Moore discusses what Standard & Poor's downgrade of America's credit rating will mean for consumers and whether it's time to panic.
Posted In: Economy

Piggy Bank Award: Getting rid of debt

This week's little piggy will be going to a woman who's determined to pay off her mortgage. There's also another sweet reason why she won a piggy, too.

Taking a true vacation

Comedian Tim Bedore talks about how his definition of "vacation" has changed since the recession.

Take a vacation -- whenever you want!

Wouldn't it be great if your workplace gave you free rein on how much vacation you can take? Some workers are enjoying the freedom, but some industrious Americans are wary of the offer.
Posted In: Jobs

Investing, just a couple bucks at a time

A personal finance expert dispels the myth that you need thousands of dollars to start investing. She shares tips on how to build your investments starting with only $50.
Posted In: Investing

The touchy business of relationships and money

Family and friends are the people you turn to in times of great need. But things can get a bit sticky when that need is a financial one.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Getting Personal: Paying off your mortgage, funding retirement

Tess and MSN's personal finance columnist Liz Pulliam Weston answer listener questions.
Posted In: Personal Finance

So where's your money right now?

Marketplace reporters and contributors share what they're doing with their money -- under the mattress, on Wall Street, in real estate.
Posted In: Wall Street

So where's the job market really?

The latest jobs report gave us a glimmer of hope, but reporter Mitchell Hartman contrasts those numbers with the long-term reality of the job market.
Posted In: Jobs

The financial and psychological pinch of the recession

Author Don Peck examines how the Great Recession has affected individual Americans financially and psychologically, and discusses what impact those changes will have on American society overall.
Posted In: Personal Finance

What's in your wallet, Jessica Wagner?

An Angeleno shares how she uses all the gadgets on the Swiss Army Knife she carries in her wallet.

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Soft
Washed Out
Go With You
Toro Y Moi
The Proper Ornaments
Super Furry Animals
I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
Jr. Leon Huff