Apr 13, 2012 The last three months in China were the worst for the country’s economic growth since 2009 -- 8.1 percent GDP, compared with 8.9 percent last quarter.
Apr 13, 2012 Imagine if the U.S. Economy grew at 8.1 percent a year instead of the 3 perecent we've been living with. But in China this means slower growth recorded in the first three months of the year.
Apr 13, 2012 Host Tess Vigeland along with Sr. Producer Paddy Hirsch and tax expert Louis Barajas answer listener tax questions and emails.
Apr 11, 2012 Recent turmoil in global markets is partly due to worries over Europe's debt crisis. Elections scheduled in France and Greece add to the uncertainty.
Apr 10, 2012 The U.S. national debt -- currently clocked at $15.6 trillion -- is a major issue that'll shape the election this fall. But where did it come from and what does it mean for individual Americans? A new book uncovers the numbers.
Apr 6, 2012 People age 60 and older owe more than $36 billion in student loans. Tess discusses the latest debt bubble with Marketplace Education correspondent Amy Scott.
Mar 28, 2012 Hello. I'm 50 and single. I have a 15-year mortgage at 3.5 percent. My income is more than $80,000. I have a Roth and I am maximizing my company's 403(b) account. I have no credit card debt -- no debt in general except the mortgage, so I don't have a lot of write-offs. Does it make sense to get an equity loan and finish my basement so I can get a bigger write-off on taxes while investing in my home, or should I continue to just sock money away because it is better to not have debt? Thanks. Lisa, Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 27, 2012 Is it possible to find free/sliding scale ongoing debt counseling? A friend in Louisiana is in her 60s and facing the consequences of years of terrible financial decisions. I think she's beyond the point where one session of debt counseling could help her. I've seen patterns in her that I've seen in others who grew up poor: When they were young, they learned there was no way to ever catch up financially and be in control. So she has no sense that it is possible to be in control of her money. Thank you, Robin, Boston, MA
Mar 22, 2012 The promise of steady work is attracting workers of all ages to Williston, N.D., and creating a new boom town on America's energy frontier.
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Mar 21, 2012 Current laws make it very hard for student loans to be forgiven. There's a proposal now in Congress that would change that.