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Patience scores!

Jan 20, 2012
Columbia Business School's Stephan Meier discusses his new study, which says that the more patient you are, the better your credit score is likely to be.
Posted In: credit score, FICO, Savings, Money, patience

Scaling back on weight

Jan 20, 2012
Fitter employees are more productive and less expensive. Which is why companies are working on innovative ways to help their people lose weight.
Posted In: weight, fitness, Money, Savings, corporate

Spending in retirement

Jan 18, 2012
I am 63 years old and hope to retire in 2 years. My wife and I have a 403(b) and a 457. Also we each have a Roth IRA and we both are covered by modest pension plans. By a lot of self-education (including Marketplace Money), we have done well accumulating our nest egg, but we're not sure how to transition to using our nest egg. Do you think we need a financial adviser to make this transition? If so, what criteria do we use to choose one? Perhaps more importantly, how do we learn to trust this person with our future? Thank you. Walt, Grove, IL
Posted In: Savings, retirement savings, retirement spending, Financial planner

Beyond our means

Jan 18, 2012
Sad to say, the 19th and early 20th century notion of the democratization of savings became the late 20th century idea of the democratization of credit. It's time to change the focus of public policy.
Posted In: Savings, homeownership, debt, global economy

End of a long, dry spell

Jan 13, 2012
This week's Marketplace Piggy is headed to Livingston, Mont., where James Willish, 35, is working again after 44 months of unemployment.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs, Savings

Getting Personal: Retirement

Jan 6, 2012
Tess Vigeland is joined by Chris Farrell, Marketplace Money's economics editor, to answer listener questions.
Posted In: Retirement, Savings

Thinking about savings and debt

Jan 4, 2012
I've got a bunch of student loans, all at relatively low rates (3.5 percent and lower). I have just under $35,000 at this point. I've been auto-transferring money into my savings accounts -- for "emergency funds" as well as future goals such as a down payment, wedding, etc. I have around $48,000 total in savings (between those funds). That money is sitting in savings at less than 1 percent. Mathematically, it makes more sense to pay down the debt. But I'm not comfortable with decreasing my savings that much. How to I choose? Stephanie, Medford, MA
Posted In: Savings, debt, student loans

Good news on U.S. savings bonds

Jan 4, 2012
Treasury says it will keep the current $20,000 annual maximum on savings bonds purchases.
Posted In: savings bonds, Savings, U.S. Treasury

A New Year's resolution: Eliminate debt

Jan 3, 2012
My husband and I have made pretty bad and spontaneous financial decisions that have brought us a lot of debt. Our plan for 2012 is to get out of debt and start saving more, since we depleted our savings in the past 2 years. I would like to know how to start getting rid of this debt in the smartest way and how to save significantly at the same time. Carla, Boston, MA
Posted In: Savings, debt, Credit card

What are you? A stock? A bond? Something else?

Jan 3, 2012
The uncertainty is unavoidable, but you can come to a more reasoned savings decision by starting from a different place than market history and investing insight. Forget about investing and asset allocation. Think about your job and your career instead. Are you a stock or a bond?
Posted In: Investing, Retirement, college savings, Savings

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