Oct 19, 2012

Marketplace Money for Friday, October 19, 2012

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How important are appearances to you? This week we're focusing on how we present ourselves in the eyes of others and behave accordingly -- from figuring out an algorithm for how bras fit to free haircuts for the unemployed, how to behave when you're standing in line to how seniors present themselves. Plus, how are tattoos viewed in the workplace these days? And when it comes to appearances, who appears more capable, competent and savvy than a superhero? They fly through the air and leap buildings. But how do they handle their money?

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The costs and benefits of one teen's tattoo

Oct 19, 2012
One teen's neck tattoo offers protection -- and may hurt his chances of getting ahead at work.

For unemployed, a shave and a haircut... no charge

Oct 19, 2012
Telling someone to cut their hair and get a job is an old cliche. But a Portland barbershop is doing just that for those who are down on their luck.

Choosing a bra: Personal fitter vs. online algorithm

Oct 19, 2012
Women spend a lot of money on bras, but is it better to find the best bra through a personal shopper or a website's algorithm?

Informal lending can boost your credit score

Oct 19, 2012
A group in San Francisco has found a way to report informal lending circles popular among some immigrant groups to credit bureaus -- as a way to boost the credit scores of participants.

Innovations won't resolve personal finance woes

Oct 19, 2012
The digital wizardry unveiled at the annual Finovate trade show is great, but it won't help solve the decades-long assault on our personal finances.

How superheroes deal with personal finance

Oct 19, 2012
Everyone has to worry about personal finance, even superheroes. What financial worries and risks do they face -- from taxes to emergency funds and everything in between?
Everyone has to worry about personal finance, even superheroes. What financial worries and risks do they face -- and what about taxes?
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The psychology behind lines

Oct 19, 2012
We've all spent endless hours waiting in lines. What's the science behind it and how has the process changed?
Customers queue up to purchase Apple's new iPhone 5 smartphone outside an Apple store, before its opening, on September 21, 2012 in Paris. We've all spent endless hours waiting in lines. What's the science behind it and how has the process changed?
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The high costs of looking good as you age

Oct 19, 2012
Appearing to look better than others in your age group could be seen as a blessing or a very expensive curse.

Prop. 37 in California may require labels on some GMO foods

Oct 19, 2012
There's a California proposition that could change packaging requirements for some foods. If it passes, it'll require labels on some foods made with genetically engineered ingredients. What's at stake for the food business and consumers?

Tattoos in the workplace: Still taboo?

Oct 19, 2012
Tattoos might traditionally send negative signals to employer: that you are a rebel, or that you don't think about the future. But as they become more and more common, do tattoos still matter as much around the workplace?
These days, does having a tattoo make a difference in getting a job and how much you can potentially earn? One career adviser says absolutely yes.
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How important are appearances to you? This week we’re focusing on how we present ourselves in the eyes of others and behave accordingly — from figuring out an algorithm for how bras fit to free haircuts for the unemployed, how to behave when you’re standing in line to how seniors present themselves. Plus, how are tattoos viewed in the workplace these days? And when it comes to appearances, who appears more capable, competent and savvy than a superhero? They fly through the air and leap buildings. But how do they handle their money?