Marketplace Money for November 22-23, 2008

Episode Description 

Desperate times call for desperate sales

Retailers are doing just about anything they can think of to bring shoppers in during a holiday season where consumers can't help but feel the lightness of their pocketbooks. Marketplace's Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.

Here's what I'm doing: Julie Willnerd

Marketplace presents "Here's What I'm Doing," a series asking people from all walks of life how they're coping with the financial crisis. In this edition, Julie Willnerd.

Homeowners get some breathing room

Some lenders are becoming more willing to modify the terms of loans and it's the bit of relief many homeowners needed to keep their homes. Minnesota Public Radio's Jess Mador reports.
Posted In: Housing

Work Life: Road stripe painter

On this week's "A Day in the Work Life," we ride along with Rick Fremont as he puts a fresh coat of paint down the middle of America's highways.

Getting Personal

Economics editor Chris Farrell and host Tess Vigeland take questions on real estate, retirement savings, and health care.

How do online degrees measure up?

As Internet universities grow in prominence, employers are going to see a lot more "'.com"s on resumes. Host Tess Vigeland asks pollster John Zogby how the perception of online degree programs is changing in the workplace.
Posted In: Education, Internet

Logging on to college

Layoffs and lower costs are driving more students towards the virtual classroom. Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reports on the state of online degree programs.
Posted In: Education, Internet

Straight Story: Insuring retirement

Economics editor Chris Farrell sets the story straight on why the 401(k) system has failed us and how we can go about building something better.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Pensions, 401(k)s and what's next

Host Tess Vigeland asks economist Teresa Ghilarducci how today's plans compare with retirement strategies from the past and some proposed plans for the future.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

Rethinking the 401(k)

More and more American's nest eggs are getting picked apart by the financial crisis. Host Tess Vigeland talks with J. Mark Iwry of the Brookings Institution about how the 401(k) has outgrown its original intent.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement