Marketplace Money for September 21, 2007

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A bigger cap for Fannie and Freddie?

This week the Treasury secretary suggested raising the cap on the size of mortgages Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac can buy up from banks and other lenders. The Bush administration has opposed that move. Nick Retsinas, who teaches housing economics at Harvard, explains.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

'Your Money and Your Brain'

Theories abound about why we act the way we do about money. An entire scientific field called neuroeconomics is dedicated to studying our brains on money. And Jason Zweig has written a book about it. He talked with Tess Vigeland.
Posted In: Books, Savings

Straight Story: Social Security reform

Chris Farrell says a congressman's proposal to set up government-sponsored personal investment accounts for every American is a great idea.

Bullies in the workplace

Most of us have left bullies behind in the schoolyard . . . or have we? As Andrea Gardner found out, there's a disturbing new trend in office harassment claims. Is there a sheep in wolf's clothing in your office?
Posted In: Jobs

Marketplace Money Mailbag

Chris Farrell and Tess Vigeland answer questions submitted by listeners.
Posted In: Investing, Savings

Buzzword: Discount rate

This week the Fed made noise when they cut the discount rate by a half-point. It showed how bad the credit crunch had become.
Posted In: Economy

Work Life: Fire behavior analyst

Meet 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.

'Trash Vigeland' meets the challenge

Trash Vigeland ... Mess Vigeland ... Bag Lady. The name calling began last weekend when Tess started two weeks of carrying around her trash 24-7 to get an idea of how much she sends to the landfill. Here's her update -- and her challenge to you.

Bernanke loves me, he loves me not

The Fed and it's Chairman Ben Bernanke showed Wall Street some love by cutting the key federal funds rate by a half a percentage point. Tess Vigeland talks with Peter Morici about what the rate cut may mean to the average consumer.
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Investing, Wall Street

Dollar's drop falls both ways

With the dollar weakening against the euro, trips across the pond are even more expensive than they were. North of the border it's another story. We asked Alisa Roth if she could find folks who are feeling the pinch -- and finding a good fit.
Posted In: Canada, Travel

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