Sep 17, 2010

Marketplace Money for Friday September 17, 2010

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Marketplace Money for Friday September 17, 2010

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Are municipal bonds still a safe investment?

Sep 17, 2010
With American cities facing unprecedented budget cuts, the municipal bonds market is causing concerns. But experts say that by keeping a close eye, investors can still have a lot of leverage.

"Meflation": determining what's better for you

Sep 17, 2010
Interest rates could change again soon. To prepare for inflation or deflation, Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig suggests considering the personal consequences for each.
Hand sticks pin into balloon with $100 bill.
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Silicon Valley's uneven employment rates

Sep 17, 2010
While hundreds of positions are open at the tech companies of Silicon Valley, the unemployment rate is still 11.5 percent. The divide between the young engineers and the old may play a role, and that divide may be getting wider.

Getting Personal: Growing your savings, a less risky retirement

Sep 17, 2010
Tess and Marketplace Money economics editor Chris Farrell talk to a professional mixed martial arts fighter looking to grow his savings, and planning for retirement with the least amount of risk as possible.

Marriage and finance: poll results

Sep 17, 2010
We asked you about your spousal finance arrangements, and here are your varied answers.
Wealthy couple on a gleeful shopping spree
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The quest for the perfect credit score

Sep 17, 2010
Some people want to climb to the top of Kilimanjaro; Chris Peplinski just wants a perfect credit score.
A man holds up some credit and debit cards
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Foster care, from a guardian's perspective

Sep 17, 2010
Following a real-life foster care success story, Tess Vigeland talks to the guardian behind it.
Students pray in the aftermath of two apparent racially-motivated brawls at a Los Angeles high school in 2005.
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Improving your credit score: The facts

Sep 17, 2010
Tess Vigeland talks to credit score expert Liz Pulliam Weston on how to improve your credit score.
Visa credit cards.
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Why we give up our privacy so easily

Sep 17, 2010
There was an uproar when Facebook fiddled with its privacy settings -- but really, people willingly give up their privacy all the time for perks like coupons and discounts.