Marketplace Money for October 18-19, 2008

Episode Description 

Learning to believe in banks

Host Tess Vigeland talks to author Margaret Atwood about the place of lending in our society and the importance of trust in keeping the system working properly.

Ensuring your insurance's safety

Insurances companies invest just like the rest of us. How much risk do they face from the financial meltdown? Marketplace's New York Bureau Chief Amy Scott reports.

Trusting your financial planner

Another person it's important to have faith in: the one managing your money. Host Tess Vigeland talks to Diahann Lassus about establishing a trusting relationship with your financial advisor.
Posted In: Investing

Cash under the mattress

As Americans lose confidence in banks and markets, there's always the safety of your own mattress. But as Rico Gagliano and the Marketplace Players explain, while we've been off investing elsewhere, the rules may have changed.

Getting Personal

Economics editor Chris Farrell and host Tess Vigeland take questions on retirement savings, safety versus high returns and investing overseas.

The next president's challenge

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks to historian David Kennedy about the tools the next president will have at their disposal for battling America's financial crisis.
Posted In: Mergers and Acquisitions

Taking a haircut

Host Tess Vigeland visits a barber shop in Jefferson City, Missouri, to see how the customers there are reacting to the downturn in their investments.
Posted In: Investing

A history of trust and confidence

To better understand the odds we face in the current crisis, Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal and historian Sean Wilentz present a short history of high and low points of trust in America's economy.

Who backs the backstop?

The FDIC promises that the money you put into the bank isn't going anywhere, even if the bank goes under. Host Tess Vigeland asks former FDIC chairman William Issac how that guarantee works.
Posted In: Savings

Here's what I'm doing: Lita Powell-Drake

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, Marketplace Money listener Lita Powell-Drake.
Posted In: Retirement

Here's what I'm doing: Bob Mankoff

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, New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff.

Here's what I'm doing: Robert Reich

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, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.