Marketplace Money for March 12-15, 2009

Episode Description 

Kid outsmarts Wall Street

Think you can put together a better stock portfolio than a second grader? In 2005, investment advisor Allan Roth put his 8-year-old son to the test. Tess Vigeland talks to Roth about the experiment and his book, "How A Second Grader Beats Wall Street."
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Weatherizing against emissions

A recent report shows that simply plugging drafts and fixing efficiency in your home could have a major effect on your carbon footprint. Sam Eaton from the Marketplace Sustainability Desk decided to put this theory to the test on his aging Los Angeles home.

Day in the Work Life: Art model

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" -- our regular look at how folks trade time for money -- we talk to art model Parker McPhinney about how the former actress fell into such a body-bearing career.

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell give advice to listeners about COBRA medical insurance, available tax payment plans and whether you should act fast and buy a home while the price is low.

Money talk and relationships

Money talk can often cause serious relationship strife. Financial planner Lisa Peterson created a seminar which aims to remedy the situation. Marketplace's Sean Cole attended the most recent event and brought back this report.

Couple adapts post-Bear Stearns

It's hard to believe it has been a year since Bear Stearns became extinct. While some people walked away with millions, many more did not. Marketplace's Amy Scott talks to a couple who met at Bear Stearns and who are still recovering from the fallout.

Straight Story

Tess Vigeland talks to Economics Editor Chris Farrell about Jon Stewart's interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer and whether average investors should pay attention to stock choices recommended on financial shows.

Brokers still approving bad loans

Despite the mortgage crisis, some lenders are still approving loans that end in default. Tess Vigeland talks to Salon.com reporter Alyssa Katz about how some brokers are now causing problems for the Federal Housing Administration.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

FHA overwhelmed by loan demand

Demand for Federal Housing Administration mortgage loans is on the rise. But reporter Amanda Aroncyk discovered that the same problems that contributed to the subprime collapse may now be threatening the FHA.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

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