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Marketplace Money for October 17-18, 2009

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Marketplace Money for October 17-18, 2009

Recession is becoming a real grind

Tension from the bad economy is taking a toll on many people's teeth. And dealing with stress-related dental problems can lead to big bites out of their pocketbooks. Curt Nickisch reports.
Posted In: Health

A juvenile, delinquent on his payments

Elizabeth Lord and her 8-year-old son, Xander, talk about their allowance system, which taught him about paying back what he got on credit.
Posted In: Savings

'Scrubs' star gives finances urgent care

Before Donald Faison became a star on the hit TV series "Scrubs," he was a struggling actor clueless about money. Faison talks with Tess Vigeland about the money lessons he has learned over the years.

Comments from our listeners

Tess Vigeland lets listeners do the talking by airing their opinions about a couple who worked off $100,000 in debt, the freelance life, and why credit cards cause us to spend more money.

A tip for young people: Save and invest

Tess Vigeland talks to Stuart Ritter, a financial planner with T. Rowe Price, about what people in their 20s should be doing with their money after seeing the recent downturn in the markets.

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and Kiplinger's Kim Lankford tackle listeners' questions about employers' 401(k) contributions, how to make the most out of selling a rental property, and more.

The Marketplace Money Prize goes to ...

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Forget the Nobel Prize for economics, Marketplace's Chris Farrell wants to hand out his own award: The Marketplace Money Prize in Personal Finance. And the winner is ...

Economy hits elderly immigrants hard

Elderly immigrants are being forced to postpone retirement because of the recession. But they're having trouble finding work, and get little in the way of government assistance. Jeff Tyler reports.
Posted In: Immigration

Is the FDIC still in good health?

Tess Vigeland talks to banking analyst Karen Petrou about the continuing banking crisis and whether the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is healthy enough to cover failed banks.

Pension funds turn back the clock

When the economy tanked, government workers watched their pension funds dwindle. Now, in an effort to recover the cash, some funds are resorting to the kind of risky investments that led to the financial crisis in the first place.
Posted In: Retirement

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Warning Sign (Remastered & Extended Version )
Talking Heads
As Time Goes By From "Casablanca"
Henry Mancini
Money In The Pocket (2005 Digital Remaster)
Cannonball Adderley