Marketplace Money for Friday, September 30, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, September 30, 2011

Piggy Bank Awards: Danke schon Angela!

This week's piggy will be going overseas to someone who may have saved a continent from (further) financial disaster.

Why even smart people fall for scams

A former fraud investigator shares how even educated, wealthy people fall for seemingly obvious scams -- and how you can avoid them.
Posted In: Investing

Getting Personal: College and money, re-financing a home

Tess Vigeland and Kathy Kristof, personal finance columnist for Kiplinger's Magazine, answer your personal finance questions.
Posted In: Personal Finance

A stronger dollar: What does it mean for Americans?

A finance professor dissects what kind of impact a stronger dollar could have on the economy and consumers' pocketbooks.

Investing for the timid and cowardly

The Dow's steep drops probably don't inspire consumers to invest. Personal finance columnist John Waggoner talks about the "cowardly portfolio" he built and what kinds of gains it could make.
Posted In: Investing

Learning money management is just a game

A game that was used to teach Czech citizens how to manage their own finances after decades of communism may also teach U.S. high school students how to be money smart.
Posted In: Education

Gay servicemembers demand greater equality

Gay men and women can now openly serve in the military. But they say there is still a large gap between the benefits gay and straight servicemembers receive.
Posted In: Law

What's in your wallet, Bruce Hall?

An employee of the Los Angeles Opera keeps a note that reminds him of his theater roots.

Beauty really does pay

We all know the pretty people get all the perks. Economics professor Daniel Hamermesh backs that fact with hard numbers in his book "Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People are More Successful."
Posted In: Jobs

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For a a Few Dollars More
Will T. Bear
I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'
Jr. Leon Huff
How Beautiful You Are
The Cure