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Playlist: Beauty pays, the cowardly portfolio

Christina Huh Sep 30, 2011

Posted by Christina Huh

For Marketplace Money, Friday, September 30, 2011

The Dow keeps dropping, but you still have retirement to think about. We talk to a personal finance expert about his extra safe portfolio, aka the “cowardly portfolio,” and what its potential returns are. We also learn the pros and cons of a stronger American dollar. Hard times are still a-comin’, but don’t let them make you desperate. A former fraud investigator tells us why smart, wealthy people are falling for obvious scams and how you can avoid getting scammed too. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” may have been repealed, but former and current gay servicemembers say there’s still a long way to go before they stand equal with their straight counterparts. We talk to an economist who confirms for us with hard numbers something we all know: Pretty people have it better — like, $230,000 better than the more physically challenged among us. Here are the songs we played:

  • For a Few Dollars More – Will T. BearBuy
  • I Ain’t Jivin’, I’m Jammin’- Leon Huff Jr.Buy
  • Take 5 – Dave BrubeckBuy
  • How Beautiful You Are – The CureBuy

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