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Marketplace Money for May 9-10, 2009

Episode Description 

Still stumped by FICO?

The FICO score is still something many people don't fully understand. Tess Vigeland talks to MSN personal finance columnist Liz Pulliam Weston about where to find your score and how to avoid falling into marketing traps.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Understanding student loans

High school grads heading to college face difficult decisions about how to pay for tuition and expenses. Many will turn to federal and private student loans. Lauren Asher of Project for Student Debt discusses the student loan process.
Posted In: Economy, Education, Investing, Savings

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell answer listeners' pressing questions about paying off mortgages by retirement, what to do when companies stop 401K contributions and how to choose a financial planner.
Posted In: Housing, Investing, Jobs, Retirement, Savings

Update: 30-day financial makeover

Last week we introduced you to Gail George, one of our listeners who agreed to let us track her finances for 30 days. Gail checks in with Tess Vigeland for an update.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Is bigger actually better?

Now that some large investment firms have been shuttered by the economic fallout, consumers have a tough choice: stay with a large firm or seek out a smaller, independent one. Bob Moon reports.

Financial advisers step up their game

Investment firms are on the prowl for new customers. Those still in the green have the opportunity to snatch up new business after the downfall of companies like AIG. Andrea Gardner reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings

Straight Story

Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell talk about the current state of the economic crisis and how it compares to financial crises of the past.

Few jobs in rural Wilcox County

Unemployment continues to plague cities across the country. But Wilcox County, Ala. has suffered severely due to the closure of a large lumber mill. Now one in four residents can't find work. Tanya Ott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs

How stressed banks affect you

Many of the largest banks still don't get passing grades in U.S. government stress tests and must raise billions of dollars before they can pass. How does this affect the consumer? Reporter Jeremy Hobson has some answers.
Posted In: Economy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Savings

Music from this show

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The Three EP's
The Beta Band
The Slaughter Rule
Jay Farrar
War Child - Heroes Vol.1 [+Digital Booklet]
Various artists
The Private Press (Edited Version)
DJ Shadow
Combustication
Martin & Wood Medeski
Led To The Sea
Jenny Owen Youngs
Politics
Sebastien Tellier