Marketplace Money for Friday, June 8, 2007

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Marketplace Money for Friday, June 8, 2007

Insurance and your credit score

The Supreme Court issued a ruling this week that would determine how insurance companies can use credit scores. Tess Vigeland interprets the legal speak with Bob Hunter from the Consumer Federation of America.

Not your average index fund

Here's a way to help offset some of the fees that go along with index investing: get an enhanced index fund. Tess Vigeland talks to reporter Rob Hennessey.
Posted In: Investing

Day in the Work Life: Urban farmer

Who says you can't have a farm in the middle of the city? Jules Dervaes of Pasadena, Calif. started one in his own backyard.
Posted In: Jobs

Mailbag for Friday, June 8, 2007

Chris Farrell answers listener mail on the impact of a lower-paying job later in life on your Social Security payments, Target Date Mutual Funds and companies retrieving your long-lost assets for a fee.

Straight Story: The Chinese market

This week, economics editor Chris Farrell gives us his take on the latest market gyrations in China.

My credit stinks. Can I borrow yours?

Lenders are worried about people improving their credit scores by borrowing someone else's. Bob Moon looks at the practice of credit piggybacking - and how some companies are putting a stop to it.

When the sex of the borrower matters

Women can benefit greatly from microlending. But in countries where they don't always have power, lending to female business-owners can be tricky. Matthew Algeo reports from Mali.

Give to global entrepreneurship

Looking for a new way to be charitable? How about lending to a business on the other side of the world? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof did, and traveled to meet his beneficiaries. He talks to Tess Vigeland.
Posted In: Charity

Just one microlending success story

Ecuadorian convenience store-owner Carmen Rueda Paucar only asked for $500 from a microlending website to help her business. It ended up making a big difference.

Buzzword: Bull-bear ratio

Need to know how your stocks are doing? There's no better way to describe a market than by using examples from the animal kingdom.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

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