Marketplace Money for October 27-28, 2007

Episode Description 

A year without shopping

Could you go 12 months without buying any new consumer goods? Tess Vigeland talks to a family who has accepted the challenge.

Straight Story: 401(k) diversification

Contributing to your 401(k) and taking advantage of your company's matching funds is a retirement investment fundamental. Economics editor Chris Farrell says to remember the Marketplace Money Mantra: "Diversify, diversify, diversify."

More docs pass on insurance

Hand over your insurance card and some doctors might say "No Thanks." Sam Eaton takes a look at one of a growing number of physicians who prefer cash.

Marketplace Money mailbag

Chris Farrell and Lisa Napoli answer questions submitted by listeners.

Buzzword: Rescission

Some insurers use recissions to cut and run from contracts -- but California regulators have something to say about that.

Work Life: Fire behavior analyst

We revisit Mike Powell, a fire behavior analyst. It's his job to predict how wildfires will burn. We found him sizing up a blaze in Idaho.

New push to boost 401(k) participation

New guidelines from the Labor Department instruct companies to automatically enroll employees in 401(k) plans. Lisa Napoli speaks with David Wray, president of the Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America about the implications.

Birthday present to myself: A will

Would you celebrate the anniversary of your birth by preparing for your death? Lisa Napoli learns how to get her affairs in order with some help from her family.

House shows off latest in green tech

New technologies, materials and techniques are allowing designers to create the next generation of environmentally friendly buildings. Lisa Napoli tours a totally green home to see what happens when modern design and eco-consciousness meet.

Financial Football teaches fiscal skills

Visa and the NFL team up to teach financial skills to a generation of gamers. Jeff Tyler heads to the Superdome in New Orleans to try his hand at Financial Football.

Music from this show

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A Grand Don't Come for Free
The Streets
Sugar Coated Bullets
Decadence
ArtDontSleep presents From LA With Love
Various Artists