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Marketplace Money for Friday, October 21, 2011

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This week we try to make a few things clearer for you, looking at the Health Reform Act; how colleges are trying to give prospective students a more accurate price tag; why we cling onto "loser" stocks; Bank Transfer Day; trying to separate mind and heart when it comes to determining whether something is trash or family heirloom. And we visited a free health clinic where both insured and uninsured patients are lining up to have medical procedures done.

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New tools to calculate the real cost of college

by Amy Scott Oct 20, 2011
The sticker price keeps some students from applying to certain universities. But by Oct. 29, colleges will be required to post calculators on their websites that provide a better idea of what students will pay.

When your budget follows your heart

by Tim Bedore Oct 20, 2011
Sifting through the life of belongings of a parent or sibling or friend can bring up a lot of emotions. And those emotions often trump the practical, financial choices you should make.

Testosterone levels may affect your negotiating abilities

by Sally Herships Oct 20, 2011
We tend to associate testosterone with aggressiveness and strength. All true, but people with high testosterone are also very sensitive, which might hurt them at the negotiating table.

Getting Personal: How to improve your credit score

by Marketplace Staff Oct 20, 2011
Tess Vigeland and David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times answer listeners' personal finance questions.
What's in your wallet?

What's in your wallet, Lisa Putney?

by Marketplace Weekend Staff Oct 21, 2011
A Tennessean explains why she keeps measurements of her dogs in her wallet.

Insured, uninsured wait for treatment at free clinic

by Jennifer Collins Oct 21, 2011
From allergic reactions to cracked teeth, thousands crowded the Los Angeles Arena to receive free medical care. But many people who showed up aren't covered for all the care they need.

Remember Nov. 5: Bank Transfer Day

by Tess Vigeland Oct 21, 2011
An art gallery owner who's fed up with corporate banking established Nov. 5 to be the deadline for people to shift their money from big banks to smaller credit unions.

Why we can't let go of loser investments

by Tess Vigeland Oct 21, 2011
We look into the neuroscience behind why we can't seem to let go of stocks that aren't earning their keep.

What changes will there be in this year's open enrollment?

by Tess Vigeland Oct 21, 2011
It's that time of year to compare health care benefits. We learn what changes the Health Reform Act will bring and what money-saving health care options are out there.
Piggy Bank Award

Piggy Bank Award: Girl Scouts are getting more money smart

by Tess Vigeland Oct 22, 2011
This week's piggy is going to the Girl Scouts of America headquarters to commend them for pushing financial literacy as a necessary skill.

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