Sep 30, 2011

Marketplace Money for Friday, September 30, 2011

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Marketplace Money for Friday, September 30, 2011

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What's in your wallet, Bruce Hall?

An employee of the Los Angeles Opera keeps a note that reminds him of his theater roots.

Learning money management is just a game

Sep 30, 2011
A game that was used to teach Czech citizens how to manage their own finances after decades of communism may also teach U.S. high school students how to be money smart.

Gay servicemembers demand greater equality

Sep 30, 2011
Gay men and women can now openly serve in the military. But they say there is still a large gap between the benefits gay and straight servicemembers receive.

Beauty really does pay

Sep 30, 2011
We all know the pretty people get all the perks. Economics professor Daniel Hamermesh backs that fact with hard numbers in his book "Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People are More Successful."
According to a study, these models will probably earn $230,000 more over her lifetime than those in the bottom seventh of looks.
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Investing for the timid and cowardly

Sep 30, 2011
The Dow's steep drops probably don't inspire consumers to invest. Personal finance columnist John Waggoner talks about the "cowardly portfolio" he built and what kinds of gains it could make.

A stronger dollar: What does it mean for Americans?

Sep 30, 2011
A finance professor dissects what kind of impact a stronger dollar could have on the economy and consumers' pocketbooks.

Getting Personal: College and money, re-financing a home

Sep 30, 2011
Tess Vigeland and Kathy Kristof, personal finance columnist for Kiplinger's Magazine, answer your personal finance questions.

Why even smart people fall for scams

Sep 30, 2011
A former fraud investigator shares how even educated, wealthy people fall for seemingly obvious scams -- and how you can avoid them.

Piggy Bank Awards: Danke schon Angela!

Oct 1, 2011
This week's piggy will be going overseas to someone who may have saved a continent from (further) financial disaster.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles after the Lower House of German parliament Bundestag in Berlin passed the Euro fund bill.
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