May 23, 2008

Marketplace Money for Friday, May 23, 2008

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Marketplace Money for Friday, May 23, 2008

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Getting credit where credit is due

May 23, 2008
Think having bad credit is rough? There are some 50 million people in the U.S. who have no credit. But that doesn't mean they can't get on the record. Amy Scott tells us how one person did and how you…

When the collector goes too far

May 23, 2008
OK, so you made a few bad decisions and now you're stuck with a debt you're can't quite climb out of yet. That doesn't mean debt collectors can call you at bedtime. Ashley Milne-Tyte tells us how to fight back.

What the RBI can indicate for you

May 23, 2008
Are you up on the RBI? We're not talking baseball, but the Recession Buy Indicator -- and what it's saying might make investors happy. Tess Vigeland talks to creator Norman Fosback about what's important to focus on.
Recession street sign
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Still a good time for muni bonds

May 23, 2008
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the rule that states can exempt their bonds from taxation. What effect does this have on investors? David Wyss, chief economist of Standard and Poor's, explains more.
A bond trader signals an offer.
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Straight Story: Bubbles can be good

May 23, 2008
Are we ever going to see oil prices go down again? How about wheat and corn? Economics editor Chris Farrell looks into commodities markets and why speculations -- and bubbles -- might be a good thing.
Economics editor Chris Farrell
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What to do after the pink slip

May 23, 2008
A lay-off can be a pretty shocking thing, but take things one step at a time. Tess Vigeland talks to personal finance expert Liz Pulliam Weston about logical things you can do to prepare for a job cut.
A woman gets a pink slip and considers her next move.
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Getting Personal

May 23, 2008
This week, Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell give advice to a woman selling her rental property, and another woman who's not sure if her mortgage loan is too good to be true.
Getting Personal
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Smart phone summer face-off

May 23, 2008
It's going to be the showdown of the summer: the new iPhone 2.0 versus the BlackBerry Bold. Tess Vigeland talks to CNET.com editor Bonnie Cha about who has better odds of winning the battle.
AP news on an iPhone
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Day in the Work Life: Saw mill worker

May 23, 2008
Nothing says risky business like working with a saw all day. This week, we meet someone who loves the lumber he saws (and contrary to popular belief, his car is not actually made out of wood).