Marketplace Money for January 17, 2004

Episode Description 
Marketplace Money for January 17, 2004

Balancing Act

Chris Farrell offers up his opinion on how the government handles its books.
Posted In: Economy

Buying a second home

Buying a second home in your favorite vacation spot sounds like a great idea, but does it make financial sense? Sound Money's in-house investment expert Erica Whittlinger lays out the pros and cons.

The job market

The dismal December employment report seems to confirm we're in the midst of a jobless recovery. But according to Andrew Sum, the numbers aren't telling the whole story. Chris Farrell talks with the labor market analyst about what he thinks it going on in the job market.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Women and the workplace

Why do women still make less money than men? One reason may be that they don't negotiate. Chris Farrell talks with author Linda Babcock about why women tend to lag men when it comes to negotiation and what they can do about it.

Debt and the government

As the government's debt rises higher and higher, so does talk about whether deficits are good or bad for the economy. Chris Farrell gets some insight from former Treasury secretary under Clinton Robert Rubin on what debt means to our economy.
Posted In: Economy

Listener questions for January 17, 2004

Chris Farrell answers questions on climbing out of credit card debt, starting a business, long-term care insurance, mutual fund turnover rates, margin accounts, and buying a house with a friend.

Pet care costs

As any animal lover will tell you, pets can add so much to your life. But they can also take a bite out of your budget. Reporter Greta Cunningham takes a look at just how much it costs to take care of your pets.