Marketplace Money for Friday, July 30, 2010

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Marketplace Money for Friday, July 30, 2010

Teens getting behind the wheel later

It used to be that teens were racing to get their license. But with the Internet, teens can socialize and study together without having to go anywhere, which makes a license a less pressing need.

The latest theft site for hackers

Tess Vigeland talks to Nicholas Percoco of Trustwave, an information security group, about how hackers can get your credit card information during a hotel stay.
Posted In: Credit Cards, Internet

Lowering the cost of college textbooks

Text book prices have increased 7 1/2 percent in the past two years, according to the Labor Department. A new law taking effect this month aims to softened the burden for college students. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Education

Negotiating tactics for women

Studies show that women aren't great negotiators. Often times, women don't want to come off as aggressive or boasting. Marketplace Money follows up on a story we did last year on why women make such lousy negotiators.

Make your home more energy efficient

Host Tess Vigeland and Marketplace Sustainability reporter Adriene Hill discuss methods you can use today to help reduce energy use and those hefty electric bills.
Posted In: Environment

Getting Personal

Host Tess Vigeland and MSN's Liz Pulliam Weston answer listener questions on: Is there such a thing as 'good debt', is it better to pay off a mortgage or reserve some cash to build up your savings and is it wise to pay off debt using a home equity line of credit?
Posted In: Personal Finance

Letters: lawsuits and financial literacy

Host Tess Vigeland reads some of your thoughts on the lawsuit against the 99 Cent Only store, the recently created Office of Financial Literacy, and our recent story on mortgage modifications.

Staying alive into the new year

The estate tax lapsed last year and if Congress does not vote to reinstate it, estates larger than one million dollars will be taxed upon death as of Jan. 1. Laura Sanders of the Wall Street Journal joins Tess Vigeland to discuss further.
Posted In: Personal Finance, Taxes