Barbara Bogaev

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Letters: How can an immigrant build credit?

Feb 8, 2013
How can you build credit if you've just moved to the U.S. from abroad? What resources are out there to help with student loans? Author and journalist Carmen Wong Ulrich tackles these questions and more.

Monopoly's makeover and money lessons

Jan 11, 2013
America's most popular board game about money is losing one of its signature pieces. One token will be replaced with a new piece. Historian Philip Orbanes explains what Monopoly can teach us.

What's in the fine print? A spotlight on bill surcharges

Jan 11, 2013
Journalist David Cay Johnston, author of "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' To Rob You Blind," exposes how Americans are being nickle and dimed by little fees and surcharges on bills for everyday services.

Letters: Help! I need to find a financial planner

Jan 11, 2013
Where can I find a financial planner for my wealth bracket? Will someone alert me when it's time to take my mandatory 401(k) withdrawals? Financial expert Louis Barajas answers listeners' letters.

Robbed on the job: Advice on fighting wage theft

Jan 4, 2013
Imagine working and not getting paid for it. It's more common than you might think. Wage theft happens when companies cheat workers out of earned income. Labor advocate Kim Bobo talks about the pervasiveness of this problem and how to fight it.

Financial commandments from the 'Freelancer's Bible'

Jan 4, 2013
Sara Horowitz, founder of the Freelancers Union and author of "The Freelancer's Bible," shares tips and tricks for getting work, getting by and budgeting on an independent contractor's salary.

Letters: My parents won't talk about money with me

Jan 4, 2013
How can I get my aging parents to talk openly about their financial situation? Is it a smart move to retire overseas? Are there any downsides to credit cards that help pay down my student loan debt? LA Times consumer columnist answers listeners' letters.

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