Marketplace Money for September 14, 2007

Retirees, watch out for the 'free lunch'

If there's one thing retirees can count on these days, it's offers of a free lunch -- and seniors are falling victim to the scam. To find out more about these free-lunch seminars, Tess talked with Patricia Struck, a securities regulator for the state of Wisconsin.
Posted In: Crime, Investing, Retirement

How to become an 'accidental landlord'

The subprime mortgage mess has made it harder to buy and sell a home. But if you're already a homeowner, here's another option: Become what Kate Ashford of Money magazine calls an accidental landlord. She talks with Tess Vigeland.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship, Housing

Tess Vigeland's trash challenge

Tess Vigeland takes a measure of how much garbage she sends to the landfill. Can she reduce her trash to zero after two weeks? And what about you? Are you up to the challenge?

When's best time to stop the daily grind?

The Census Bureau reported this week that more Americans over the age of 65 are putting off retirement. But some choose to take their Social Security benefits early. John Dimsdale explores what might be the better option.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Buzzword: Commercial paper

Corporate America often relies on commercial paper to keep it going. But many issuers stopped producing these short-term loans when the subprime debaucle settled in.
Posted In: Economy

Debt consolidators to watch out for

It's easy to type "debt consolidation" into a search engine and get help from any of the firms listed. But some credit solutions companies might just create more problems. Ashley Milne-Tyte gives us some red flags.
Posted In: Savings

Straight Story: That subprime issue

The subprime crisis is having an adverse effect on a plethora of different markets in the U.S. and beyond. But Chris Farrell says the subprime mess isn't as bad as people think.

Marketplace Money Mailbag

Economics editor Chris Farrell addresses listeners' questions about getting early retirement payments, separating tax payments from what a spouse owes, and staying with a fee-based financial planner.
Posted In: Retirement

Day in the Work Life: Bail bondsman

If you like financial risk and don't mind working with alleged thieves, swindlers and otherwise unsavory characters, you might make a good bail bondsmen. Make sure to lock up the safe . . .

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