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Marketplace Money for Friday, March 8, 2013

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Who had the best week ever? The Dow. Wall Streeters are high-fiving each other, but what does a record high mean for you? Also, whatever happened to the good ol’ days when a degree from a decent school could land you a gig pretty much anywhere you pleased? These days employers want experience. And what’s a movie monster worth? Plus, your reactions to a viral video on income inequality, a warning about the varying prices of generic drugs, how to sell yourself, and the cost of living with HIV.

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Letters: Should I lower my credit limit?

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
Guest host David Lazarus answers listeners' personal finance questions including advice on what to do when a elderly relative racks up big debt late in life and whether voluntarily lowering one's credit limit can negatively affect one's credit rating.

Steady as a rock: Real estate in Jackson, Miss.

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
Daffodils are starting to bloom in Jackson and that's when buyers start coming out looking for a home. We check in with a broker to see what real estate's like in Mississippi.

Payday lenders need to be more transparent

by Helaine Olen Mar 8, 2013
Last week on Marketplace, a payday loan lender defended his industry, saying as long as customers did the math, he wasn't doing anything wrong. Commentator Helaine Olen begs to differ.

Rethinking your investment strategy after the Dow's record high

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
This week, the Dow hit a record high. So what does that mean for investors?

We're all salespeople, so don't sell yourself short

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
A look at the art and science of selling yourself -- something author Daniel Pink says we all do in one way or another.

The wealthy may pay more taxes now -- but their wealth goes further, too

by David Weinberg Mar 8, 2013
The recent federal tax increase on the top 1 percent of earners means some of the wealthiest Americans will pay taxes at the highest level since 1979. But the wealthy are also wealthier too -- and their money goes further.

The horror! What movie monsters say about money

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
From "The Walking Dead" to "Warm Bodies," zombies have experienced a resurgence in pop culture. So why do we love to watch these mindless, murderous creatures? Plus, find out what your favorite movie monster represents financially in our interactive photo.

The costs of living with HIV: One man's story

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
How does living with a disease like HIV affect one's financial choices?

A warning about the price of generic drugs

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
Drug manufacturers can charge very different prices for essentially the same generic medicine.

Want a job? Get an internship first

by Amy Scott Mar 8, 2013
A survey commissioned by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education reveals that what really stands out for employers in the resumes of recent college graduates is internship experience. But are colleges doing a good job preparing grads for work?

Are CEOs worth 380 times what the average worker makes?

by Marketplace Contributor Mar 8, 2013
A new viral video called "Wealth Inequality in America" has put a spotlight on CEO pay.

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