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Many potential buyers feel they don't have the credit or cash to get into the real estate market. But as Marketplace's senior business correspondent Bob Moon reports, an old lending program could give them the help they need.
With retirees living longer, it's harder to make ends meet with savings and Social Security. Marketplace's Jeremy Hobson explains how reverse mortgages let retirees use the value of their home to help pay the bills.
Financial pundits are quick to say that the current crisis has changed everything, but Marketplace's economics editor Chris Farrell says we shouldn't be so eager to throw out the rule book.
Host Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell answer listener questions about retirement savings, 529 plans, financial education, early investing and reversing bad habits.
Many people have questions about how to reconcile such a dramatic economic year as they put together their tax returns for 2008. Host Tess Vigeland asks tax expert Frank Degan to clear up some of the confusion.
Classic style seems to be one of the few things able to beat inflation and financial slumps. Marketplace's Eve Troeh discovers that the old things lying around her house can mean lots of new money.