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Apr 27, 2012

Marketplace Money for Friday, April 27, 2012

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In China, conversations about money are the norm. Our China Correspondent Rob Schmitz tells us what it's like to know what everybody makes. And think clothes make the man? Try again. Comedian Michael Ian Black defends his financial indulgence and inspiration from those who've landed their dream job. A South L.A. resident gauges how much his neighborhood has changed economically since the 1992 L.A. Riots. And we go backstage at "Employee of the Month."

Segments From this episode

Stocks vs. bonds

Apr 27, 2012
Safe stocks? Risky bonds? Chris Farrell looks at a new investing paradigm.

I'm the proud owner of a BMW

Apr 27, 2012
Author/comedian Michael Ian Black on the highs and lows of luxury car ownership.

Employee of the month

Apr 27, 2012
An underemployed comedian and writer hosts a speaking series to encourage other underemployed and unemployed people to keep chasing their dreams.

How much do you make?

Apr 27, 2012
Marketplace's China correspondent Rob Schmitz discusses how Americans and Chinese differ when talking about personal finance.

Growing pains in South Los Angeles

Apr 27, 2012
South L.A. resident Everett Courtney reflects on his city's rebirth.

The frugal gardener

Apr 27, 2012
Meg Favreau of Wisebread.com on what to plant if you don't have endless supplies of cash to grow yourself a salad this spring.
Vine plants like zucchinis are a good starting point for a new gardener.
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How to start investing for retirement in your 50s

Apr 27, 2012
In our weekly letters segment, CBS MoneyWatch Editor-at-Large Jill Schlesinger discusses retirement investing strategies for late-starters.
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To rent or buy?

Apr 27, 2012
Author Jane Hodges discusses who should be renting and who should be buying a home.
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Resisting the iPhone, at all costs

Apr 27, 2012
Commentator Tim Bedore's 14-year-old daughter is lobbying ferociously for an iPhone.

Piggy for the uber-frugal

Apr 27, 2012
Kris Keller gets the Marketplace Piggy Award for making sacrifices to stay on budget.
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In China, conversations about money are the norm. Our China Correspondent Rob Schmitz tells us what it’s like to know what everybody makes. And think clothes make the man? Try again. Comedian Michael Ian Black defends his financial indulgence and inspiration from those who’ve landed their dream job. A South L.A. resident gauges how much his neighborhood has changed economically since the 1992 L.A. Riots. And we go backstage at “Employee of the Month.”