Marketplace Money for Friday, October 5, 2007

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Marketplace Money for Friday, October 5, 2007

The limits to what you should buy

The folks behind HD DVD say they're rolling out a feature on new discs where you'll be able to go online from your video player and buy products related to the movie. But some wonder where that could lead.

How's our driving?

We asked for it, you wrote in and told us how we were doing. Tess Vigeland goes over listener feedback and answers some questions about the show.

Tell your credit report to chill

Major credit agency Trans Union announced recently that it would allow consumers to freeze their credit report. Is that cool? Tess Vigeland asks personal finance expert Liz Pulliam Weston.

Good news for home buyers

National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes fell 6.5 percent from July to August. That may be good news if you're looking to buy a home. Tess Vigeland talks to Elizabeth Razzi, author of "The Fearless Home Buyer."

Finding the 'missing class'

General Motors employees are voting on a deal that got them back to work after a two-day strike, part of which involves big pay and benefit cuts. Tess talks about it with Katherine Newman, co-author of "The Missing Class."
Posted In: Books

So animated, they're virtually there

One of the many benefits of online shopping is the safe haven it provides away from pushy, overly polite salespeople. But Mike Rhee reports that thanks to some technology, we may slowly be kissing that convenience goodbye.
Posted In: Retail

Marketplace Money Mailbag

How fast can economics editor Chris Farrell go? Find out in this third installment of the Mailbag speed round. Chris also covers advising college freshmen on personal finance and dealing with Roth IRA income limits.

Uncle Sam really wants to hire you

It may seem like job cuts are everywhere, but there's one employer whose staff is healthy and growing. Steve Henn delves into the pros and cons of working for the government.
Posted In: Jobs

Straight Story: Moral investing

Socially responsible investing is hot, hot, hot. And Chris Farrell says one of the best ways to invest responsibly is by putting your money into frontier markets.

Buzzword: Big bath

Have you ever made bad news seem better by first making it seem worse? You should work for Wall Street.

Day in the Work Life: Smile, kids

Try as they might, school kids can't avoid school photos. We meet the man who helps parents embarrass their teenagers' dates when they inevitably visit the house.