Marketplace Money for Friday, September 28, 2007

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Lessons from the trash challenge

In the coming weeks, Marketplace will air a series of reports on our consumer culture -- why we keep buying as much stuff as we do, and whether or not it's sustainable. Tess Vigeland hauled around her own trash for two weeks for an education on waste.
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Something else to dislike about September

According to Wall Street lore and superstitious brokers, September is the worst month for investors. Tess talks about the legend with David Wyss, chief economist for Standard and Poor's.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Bringing health care home

Many older Americans are choosing not to seek medical care in nursing homes or other facilities, but have someone assist them in their home. Tess Vigeland talks about the trend with Elinor Ginzler of the AARP.
Posted In: Health
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Setting a stage to feel 'at home'

Have a home that just won't sell? One reason might be the soft market, or you're asking too much money for it . . . or you could just be a slob. If that's the case, you could do what Curt Nickisch did and hire a professional home stager.
Posted In: Housing
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Can a bank cry all the way to itself?

Last year, banks made a fortune through fees from customers' overdraft charges. Exactly how much? Tess Vigeland talks with Leslie Parrish of the Center for Responsible Lending, who co-authored a study that puts the figure in the billions.
Posted In: Savings
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Worker strike strikes workers

The first nationwide strike against General Motors in 37 years came and went during the past week. Bob Moon looks back and reports on the effectiveness of strikes in this era of labor relations.
Posted In: Auto, Health, Jobs
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Tess' trash challenge takes a bow

Marketplace will soon launch a special series looking at the American consumer economy -- why we keep buying as much stuff as we do, and whether or not its sustainable. Tess Vigeland took up the challenge early, and hauled around her own garbage for nearly two weeks.
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Straight Story: Emotional investing

Economics editor Chris Farrell wants to talk about passion. No no, hear him out -- he says that emotions aren't the enemy of reason when it comes to investing.
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Buzzword: Internet tax

A combination of words that have surely struck you with dread. No, you didn't read wrong. Enjoy your last days of duty-free browsing...
Posted In: Taxes
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Work life: Showing you the door

He may not be a member of any government office in Washington, D.C., but rest assured, he can certainly... open a lot of doors.
Posted In: Jobs
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Marketplace Money Mailbag

This week, Chris Farrell covers how a career military officer should invest a big bonus, paying off a jumbo home loan, and what's the real story behind a good credit score?
Posted In: Housing, Investing

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