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Marketplace Money for Weekend of February 7-8, 2009

Episode Description 

Collectors view recession differently

For collectors, keeping their avocations going amid a recession can be the best of times and the worst of times. It just depends what they're looking for. Rico Gagliano reports.
Posted In: Investing

Personal finance bloggers check in

Tess Vigeland brings back three personal finance bloggers she talked to last fall to hear how they and their followers are now faring as economic conditions have worsened.
Posted In: Internet

Work Life: Race car engineer

Meet Matthew Niles, a race car engineer. He describes his job from California's Laguna-Seca Raceway.
Posted In: Jobs

Getting Personal

Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell answer listener questions on why student loans are "good debt," whether to draw on savings or take Social Security, how to get a pro athlete's taxes in shape, and more.

Decoder: The 'multiplier effect'

The Obama administration says the economic stimulus plan's price tag will be worth the cost -- and then some -- because of something called the "multiplier effect." What does that mean? Sally Herships explains.

Putting personal finance in classrooms

It's important to learn good personal finance habits early in life. Tess Vigeland talks with Laura Levine of the JumpStart Coalition and New Jersey State Senator Steven Sweeney about programs for teaching those skills to high school students.
Posted In: Savings

Straight Story: Make taxes simpler!

Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell is hopping mad about the United States income tax system. Dramatically simplifying the tax code, he argues, could be an easy fix.

Unemployment benefits vary greatly

Millions of out-of-work Americans are finding many factors can alter their unemployment benefits -- if they get any at all. Christine Vestal, a writer covering unemployment, talks with Tess Vigeland about the different scenarios.
Posted In: Jobs

Longtime workers enter jobless ranks

More than 6 million people are getting unemployment benefits nationwide, the most in at least 40 years. But the numbers only tell so much. Reporter Joel Rose talked to three first-time recipients about what unemployment means for them.
Posted In: Jobs