Marketplace Money for March 15-16, 2008

Episode Description 
Marketplace Money for March 15-16, 2008

Don't fear the denominator

Just like teacher said, we use a lot of math in our everyday lives, especially when it comes to finance. Tess asks Jean Chatzky how people can cope with math anxiety.

Buzzword: Smishing

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. This week, learn how online scammers are surfing their way onto your cell phone.

Taking aim at Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster has angered fans and musicians with their strict terms and bevy of fees. Ann Dornfeld reports on how some groups are fighting back to drive down ticket costs.

Day in the Work Life: Irish carpenter

On this week's "A Day in the Work Life," in honor of St. Patrick's Day, we check in with an Irish woodworker in California.

Getting Personal

In this edition of Getting Personal, Chris and Tess talk about selling stock on margin, the definition of "cash," closed-end funds, lazy investing and an offer too good to be true.

Real simple financial solutions

The best solution is often the easiest one, so Tess asks Lesley Alderman of Real Simple magazine for some simple fixes for common financial problems.
Posted In: Savings

Retiring an old car

We tend to get attached to our cars, but in an economic climate like this, we all have to make sacrifices. Jeff Tyler learns when it makes financial sense to kiss that old car goodbye.

Straight Story: Now what?

Everyone's finally starting to agree that we're in a recession. Economics editor Chris Farrell's sets the story straight on how you (and your portfolio) should be reacting.

Making sense of modern prices

Consumer goods are cheaper than ever as health care and education costs soar. Tess asks Peter Hong how prices now compare to prices in the past and what to make of it.

Keeping tabs on inflation

The Fed has its eye on core inflation, but some are more concerned about costs that figure doesn't include, like energy and food. Alisa Roth explains what all the indicators really mean.
Posted In: Economy

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New Forms
Pressure Chief
Dirty Vegas
None Shall Pass
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