Aug 19, 2011

Marketplace Money for Friday, August 19, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, August 19, 2011

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Not all consumers are equal

Aug 19, 2011
A consumer is can be anyone from the very rich to the very poor or someone in between. Commentator Rob Walker says that term must be dissected into subgroups to determine which consumers will help the economy grow the most.

Savings will drive the economy forward

Aug 19, 2011
Some economists are saying consumer spending will push the economy forward. But outgoing Federal Reserve bank president Thomas Hoenig says savings will save the economy in the long term.

Save or spend? Or invest in mattress futures?

Aug 19, 2011
In this time of economic uncertainty, who wouldn't enjoy some levity? Performers from Live Wire! Radio in Portland, Ore., offer their dramatic take on the idea of spending versus saving

Getting Personal: Running a new business, fixing a credit score

Aug 19, 2011
David Brancaccio and Marketplace's Chris Farrell answer your personal finance questions.

How to measure an economy

Aug 19, 2011
GDP is the chief measure of how healthy an economy is doing, but it may not give the most accurate reading. Marketplace's Heidi Moore shares other potential yardsticks.

Cover letter, resume... and your credit score?

Aug 19, 2011
Some employers check your financial background during the hiring process. David Brancaccio weighs the pros and cons of using credit scores to evaluate a potential employee.

Cleaning up your credit score

Aug 19, 2011
Credit score got you down? You can boost your score by hiring a credit clean-up service. A couple hundred dollars investment can result in big savings in mortgages and other loans.
Cleaning the tub.
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To save or not to save?

Aug 19, 2011
Irresponsible spending and not enough saving is what contributed to the financial crisis. More Americans are now saving and spending less, but that may have a negative impact on economic growth. So what are we to do?

Is the economy our problem to solve?

Aug 19, 2011
During economic turmoil, the government calls on its citizens to do their part by spending in order to help boost the economy. Is that the right tactic?