Marketplace Money for March 9, 2007

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Marketplace Money for March 9, 2007

Straight Story: The entitlement doom

This week, Medicare and Social Security face an inevitable financial disaster. Economics editor Chris Farrell issues an SOS.

Day in the Work Life: An irish tale

On this week's "A Day In the Work Life," our regular look at how folks trade time for money, we tap a pub owner in Ireland.
Posted In: Jobs

Buzzword: Universal default

Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance, "Universal Default." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?

Mailbag for Friday, March 9, 2007

Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on investing in a 529 college account, starting a business, and updating a tax return.
Posted In: Investing, Taxes

Subprime subpar

Some economists say the subprime mortgage market is prime to join the ranks of other big financial scandals. Tess talks with Greg McBride, the senior financial analyst at bankrate.com
Posted In: Economy

Policing the plastics

This week, Congress held hearings on the credit card industry. Are high fees and late payments on their way out? Host Tess Vigeland interviews Marketplace's John Dimsdale.
Posted In: Economy

Screeching around the track

Consumer Reports is out with its 2007 Best and Worst automotive issue. Sean Cole went to do some further research by going for a ride at the test drive center.

Educating Rico: House hunting

Associate Producer Rico Gagliano is back with another installment of our series, Educating Rico. In the week's episode, he lives the American dream by shopping for a house. Well, he tags along while a friend does the buying.
Posted In: Investing

Protecting your portfolio

They don't give out pain relievers when you invest in the stock market. So how do you ensure that sudden changes won't make your portfolio sick? Marketplace's Steve Tripoli reports.
Posted In: Investing