Marketplace Money for May 23-24, 2009

Episode Description 

Is it time to fire your broker?

Even modest, diversified and longterm-focused investors were thwarted by the collapse of Wall Street So what should they do next? Writer and author Jeffrey Goldberg thinks they should start by taking a good long look at their brokers.

Social networking your way to a job

Social networks are becoming a prime place to search for jobs as unemployment numbers continue to rise. Whether its through blogs, Twitter or Facebook, people are seeking out potential employers through alternative online sources.
Posted In: Jobs

30-day financial makeover

Gail George signed up to have us track her finances for 30 days. She talks with Tess Vigeland about what she learned in Week 3.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell answer listeners' pressing questions about whether the self-employed can get unemployment, buying disability insurance and the current state of the I Bond.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

Credit is a double-edged sword

Credit cards seem to be the scourge of the consumer these days. But LA Times columnist Meghan Daum insists that plastic isn't all bad. In fact, it's helped her through some pretty rough times.

Descending from a pillar of debt

When Sabrina Reigel moved to Southern California, she had no friends, lots of free time, and quickly racked up $40,000 worth of credit card debt. She talks about how she worked down her massive premium without losing her sanity.

Ushering in a new era for credit

Congress just passed a credit card consumer's bill of rights. But how will this new law protect card holders? Tess Vigeland and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd discuss the ins and out of the legislation.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

It's an automobile buyer's market

The auto industry has been through some pretty tough times as of late. But Phil Reed of Edmunds.com says these harsh economic days equal better deals for consumers on the lookout for their next car or truck.
Posted In: Auto, Economy, Retail

Credit bill of rights roundtable

So how will this new credit card bill of rights directly affect consumers? Tess Vigeland welcomes a variety of experts to sound off about the pros and cons about the new law.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

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Bed Is in the Ocean
Burned Again
Tales of the Ratfink - O.S.T.
Shake Some Action