Marketplace Money for January 19-20, 2008

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Marketplace Money for January 19-20, 2008

A refinancing surge ahead?

Even with the housing boom at an end, interest rates are at their lowest levels in years. Are we headed for another wave of refinancing? Tess finds out and tells you what you need to know.
Posted In: Housing

Letters from our listeners

Tess reads letters we've received. This month: Chris Farrell for president, defining the middle class, personal responsibility, fees and the history of the gift horse.

From Wall Street to the Great Wall

Interested in getting in on all the financial action across the Pacific? Tess learns the best ways to add China to your portfolio from Burton Malkiel.
Posted In: Investing

Work Life: A little bit of everything

Can't decide what to do with your work life? Who says you have to? We meet Sean Aiken, who is trying 52 jobs in 52 weeks. This week: stock picker.

Getting Personal

In this edition of Getting Personal, Chris and Tess talk about negotiating with collection agencies, comparing mutual fund fees, retirement account myths and teaching finance.

What bank mergers mean for you

Wall Street breathes a sigh of relief as a buyout spares Countrywide from bankruptcy, but what about its customers? Tess asks Jane D'Arista what a bank merger means for you.


Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. This week, a phrase that may put some of those mortgage costs back in your pocket: "mortgage insurance deduction."

'Tenancy in common' opening doors

Housing meltdown or not, home prices are still out of reach in many cities. Rachel Dornhelm reports how friends, and sometimes strangers, are teaming up to buy together.
Posted In: Housing

Straight Story: Shareholder rights

Economics editor Chris Farrell puts up a fight for the average investor and sets the story straight on recent Supreme Court rulings that limit shareholder's rights to sue.

All that glitters...

With the stock market off to an unimpressive start and economic fears at fever pitch, investors are touting the safety of gold. Tess turns to Peter Morici for a fact-check on all the hype.
Posted In: Investing

High oil costs trickle down the pipeline

With oil pushing $100 a barrel, the impact is felt more places than the gas pump. Lisa Napoli takes a look at the less obvious ways the high cost of energy squeezes consumers.

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