Marketplace Money for Friday March 6--Sunday March 8, 2009

Episode Description 

Hot dog sales sizzle during downturn

Hot dog sales were up 2 percent in 2008, despite the economic downturn in almost every industry. So what makes the American favorite such a recession-proof meal? Chicago Public Radio's Adriene Hill finds out why from the epicentre of hot dog culture.
Posted In: Food

More people retiring abroad

The economic downturn is causing some retirees to pick up and move out of the United States in search of a lower cost of living. Reporter Karen Weise journeyed to Panama where she met a retired parole officer originally from Detroit.
Posted In: Retirement, Travel

Credit card lingo 101

The average American has more than $9,000 in credit card debt and often fail to realize that the interest rates change often. Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reports on how to decipher the fine print and hot to get a handle on debt.

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell give advice to listeners about prioritizing and paying down debt, and where the average person can save on bills.

Decoder: First-time homebuyer

First-time homebuyers are entitled to an $8,000 tax credit this year, but how do you qualify? It's not as easy as you may think. Marketplace's Rico Gagliano explains who qualifies in our latest Marketplace Decoder.
Posted In: Housing

Details of Obama's housing plan

Obama's mortgage rescue plan calls for relief for Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac customers. It also calls for changes to loan companies, which should offer everyone some relief. Tess Vigeland asks Nic Retisnas of Harvard's Center for Housing Studies to break down the details and beneficiaries of Obama's housing plan.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

Demand for jobless services rising

The federal unemployment rate shot up to a 25-year high of 8.1 percent this year. With millions of people out of work, unemployment offices have been overwhelmed with people seeking benefits. Jeff Tyler reports on how the safety net is being stretched to its limit.
Posted In: Jobs

Straight Story: Treasury market bubble

Hoping that the housing market was going to be the last bubble to burst? Economics editor Chris Farrell warns that the Treasury Market is next and offers advice on how to weather the storm.

Experts discuss market psychology

The financial crisis is causing investors to rethink everything they know about investing. Tess Vigeland talks to Jason Zweig, the author of "Your Money & Your Brain," and Richard Peterson, author of Inside the "Investor's Brain," about what we're learning from the fallout.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, Savings