Marketplace Money for Friday, February 27, 2009

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Marketplace Money for Friday, February 27, 2009

Work Life: Board game designer

On this week's Day in the Work Life, we meet someone who hopes we all stay in -- but do something other than stare at the boob tube.

What to do with your worthless stock

If you've bought into a worthless stock, is it hopeless to try to make a gain? Cash Peters went to find out and learned some valuable lessons along the way -- including not trust his financial advisers.

Microlending is no small deal

At a time when many banks are reeling from the hit they took on subprime mortgages, one New York institution has no problem collecting on its loans. Joel Rose reports on tiny bank loans making a big impact.

Taking a family stress test

How do you test the financial stability of a group slightly smaller than a major bank? Tess Vigeland talks to personal finance expert Knight Kiplinger -- of Kiplinger's Personal Finance about working on a family budget.
Posted In: Savings

Nationalization fears are mounting

It was a wild week for bank stocks as rumors of nationalizations, bailouts and massive losses created a roller-coaster for investors. Steve Henn reports on what this might mean for you.
Posted In: Investing

The dirty 'D' word is coming back

A dirty word that is slowly creeping into financial crisis dialogue: Depression. What's the difference between a recession and a depression? Tess Vigeland talks to professor Robert Reich about whether we're really in one.

Banking your time to save you money

You say your neighbor wants help with her gardens, and you're pretty good at fixing cars? Some communities are quantifying this kind of neighborly good will. Paul Rockower checked out the barter system at a time bank in Los Angeles.
Posted In: Jobs

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell give advice to listeners who call in with their pressing financial questions.

Straight Story: Obama's budget plan

President Obama's budget proposal has some interesting ideas involving student loans, Pell Grants, retirement and taxes. Tess Vigeland talks to our Economics Editor Chris Farrell, who breaks down portions of Obama's proposed 134-page budget.