Marketplace Money for Friday, September 23, 2011

Episode Description 
Marketplace Money for Friday, September 23, 2011

Piggy Bank Award: Three cheers for being debt free!

This week's little blue piggy goes to a listener who just made the final payment on $21,480 worth of credit card debt with the help of his family.
Posted In: Credit Cards

How to ensure a fair home appraisal

The glut of foreclosed homes is dragging down home appraisals. We learn from a professional how to make sure you get the fairest assessment of your home's value.
Posted In: Housing

Getting Personal: Franchises, budgeting in uncertain times

Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times answer listeners' personal finance questions.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Fed's Operation Twist nothing to shout about

The Federal Reserve announced that it would lower long-term interest rates to try to encourage consumer spending. But the plan may have limited impact on the economy.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

It's a great time to buy a house

Foreclosures, declining home prices... The housing market seems gloomy. But commentator Chris Farrell thinks this is the best time to buy a house.
Posted In: Housing

Ireland plans bankruptcy reform

Ireland is still rolling in tough economic times. Many citizens may want an exit from their crippling debts, but the country's brutal bankruptcy laws prevent them from filing.

What's in your wallet, Alan Mosley?

A member of the International Rescue Committee talks about an emergency card he keeps in his wallet.

Why are used cars so expensive?

We get an update on the state of the used car market from Phil Reed of Edmunds.com. He was -- and still is -- in favor of buying used, but now has a few caveats.
Posted In: Auto

Eating ethically -- it's complicated

You're trying your best to choose the most ethical, environmentally-friendly apples and chickens, but here are some more factors to consider before you decide to eat local.
Posted In: Food

Are credit scores fair?

Matt Haughey says he's in his best financial condition yet, but his credit score is still low. John Ulzheimer of SmartCredit.com says credit scores need a little elbow grease to maintain, but are a fair assessment of a person's finances.
Posted In: Personal Finance

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Wolves
Dosh
May-December [Explicit]
Mos Def
Come Andy Play In The Milky Night
Stereolab
No Cars Go
Arcade Fire