Personal Finance


The skinny on short sales and other real estate questions answered

Aug 23, 2013
What resources are available for first-time home buyers? Is there a way to time the market right to take advantage of low mortgage rates? How can you know if you earn enough income to qualify for a refi? Personal finance expert Louis Barajas answers listeners' questions about home ownership. Plus, learn about 10 home buying mistakes you should avoid.
Posted In: Housing, Personal Finance

How to successfully ask family members for a loan

Aug 16, 2013
Economist Diane Lim offers callers advice about family loans, inheritance, and helping your parents deal with their finances.
Posted In: family finances, Personal Finance, family lending, Inheritance

Can we afford kids? Talking about the steep pricetag of parenthood

Aug 16, 2013
One of the most difficult financial realities to face is the decision to delay having a family for people who want children. A pair of listeners share how they talk with their partners about the cost of children -- and the choice to put off parenthood.
Posted In: Personal Finance, family finances, children

Financial advice from your family

Aug 16, 2013
Listeners share their families' advice about money.
Posted In: family finances, Personal Finance, financial advice

Would you rather be debt-free? Or skinny?

Aug 9, 2013
A survey issued by Credit Karma, a personal finance company, found that 72 percent of Americans would rather keep their current debt than gain 25 pounds and be completely debt free.
Posted In: Personal Finance, debt, Health

Consumer complaint? Who you gonna call? Try the government

Aug 9, 2013
Since 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been collecting consumer complaints and helping people resolve their disputes with companies. Richard Cordray, the newly confirmed CFPB director, talks about using his organization as a resource.
Posted In: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, Personal Finance

Why are cars the biggest gripe for consumers?

Aug 9, 2013
Financial expert Lynnette Khalfani Cox answers listeners' questions about big ticket items, like cars and homes.
Posted In: Personal Finance, car

Personal Finance Basics

Aug 1, 2013
A guide to personal finance basics, including tips on savings, strategies on investing, and more.
Posted In: banking, Investing, Savings, credit, Personal Finance

You say spend, they say save. Who's right? Play Financial Feud to find out.

Jun 30, 2013
Be the judge in our personal finance court of opinion. Or submit your own argument and let a jury of Marketplace Money peers decide the case.
Posted In: Personal Finance

Financial Feud: Energy costs vs. Amenities

Jun 27, 2013
John and his partner have gotten competitive over energy costs. His partner wants him to cut back his consumption. John's unwilling to give up basic amenities -- like using warm water to rinse the dishes. Whose side are you on?
Posted In: energy bills, Personal Finance