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Student loan rates go up July 1 so many borrowers are racing to consolidate before the deadline. Steve Tripoli investigates whether that's the right path for everyone -- and tells us how to avoid some consolidation pitfalls.
Business is the second-largest chunk of the book business after fiction. Last year booksellers sold more than one and a half million books on investing. But how can investors differentiate between fact and fiction? Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
New figures on home construction suggest the housing market is officially slowing down. Kai speaks to Elizabeth Razzi, author of "Fearless Home Buyer," about the future of the housing market and what it means for home buyers and sellers.
Some economists are worried about the return of stagflation -- the perfect economic storm that made the '70s such a financial bummer. David Wyes of Standard & Poor's tells Kai whether we should really be preparing for a fiscal downpour.
Should you loan money to your relatives or friends? What should you ask for in return? And how do you say no? Kai finds out from Ira Bryck, the Director of the UMass Family Business Center.
Life is hard enough without having to decipher everything. Each week, Marketplace Money brings you a word or a phrase that has bubbled to the top of the news. For instance, naked short selling. You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
It's time once again for economics editor Chris Farrell to help you sort out what's smart, what's stupid and what's the Straight Story. This week, Chris says a bill that's supposed to protect consumers' private financial data only protects businesses' ability to sell you credit.
Marketplace Money for June 23, 2006