Marketplace Money for March 29-30, 2008

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Marketplace Money for March 29-30, 2008


Tess reads your letters. This month: Everest history, "pop economics," investment clubs, fees and commuting in the Middle East.

Predictably irrational

We all make the occasional terrible money decision. Tess asks Dan Ariely why people are so irrational when it comes to their economic behavior.

The evolution of pawn shops

Looking for a little money to help you through a rough spot? It may be time for a trip to the pawn shop. We follow Jaime Bedrin on her quest to turn her jewelry box into cash.

Day in the Work Life: TV weatherman

On this week's a Day in the Work Life, we learn the joy of forecasting sunny skies almost every day as we follow Los Angeles TV weatherman Fritz Coleman.

Getting Personal

In this edition of Getting Personal, Chris and Tess talk about IRA rollovers, switching jobs, socially responsible investing and paying for college.

Consolidating student loans

If you're sitting on a mountain of student loans, doing nothing for a few months might actually be your best move. Tess gets the details from Anna Maria Andriotis.
Posted In: Education

Finding real estate answers online

Real estate Web sites were already popular for browsing prices, but as Stacey Vanek Smith reports, people now use these sites to find housing crisis comfort from fellow surfers.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Housing

Straight Story: Growing in a recession

Don't let a downturn squash your business plans. Economics editor Chris Farrell sets the story straight on the opportunities for entrepreneurs during a recession.

Recessions and depressions 101

What exactly is a recession and what does it take to turn one into a depression? Tess asks Marketplace commentator Robert Reich for some definitions.

Penny, the new 'Mac' on the block

A new private sector effort to fix the housing crisis appeared this week as former Countrywide execs announced PennyMac. Ashley Milne-Tyte explains the plan.
Posted In: Housing

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Do You Want More?!!!??!
Mad & Faithful Telling
Keepin' Time
There'll Be No Tears Tonight
Release Yourself

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