Mar 20, 2009

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Are money market funds safe?

Mar 20, 2009
The money market industry is proposing changes that would lower yields, improve safety and place restrictions on certain funds. But should you choose a money market account over a savings account? Reporter Tamara Keith asks the experts.

Old financial rules no longer apply

Mar 20, 2009
Tess Vigeland talks to New York Times columnist Ron Lieber about how some of the old rules about investing and managing money don't make sense during the current financial climate.

Straight Story

Mar 20, 2009
The IRS recently announced that victims of the Madoff scandal can claim up to 95 percent of their losses on their taxes. Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell discuss what implications this decision has on the tax code and on victims of future Ponzi schemes.
Economics editor Chris Farrell
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Foreclosure scams on the rise

Mar 20, 2009
People facing foreclosure are becoming vulnerable to scammers promising to help modify loans. Reporter Rachel Dornhelm reports on one such scam in Oakland, Calif. and asks experts what consumers can do to stay safe.

Don't get hooked by phishing scams

Mar 20, 2009
Foreclosure scammers aren't the only ones preying on the vulnerable. Online scammers, or phishers, are also prowling the Web for unsuspecting victims. Tess Vigeland talks to Jorgan Wouters of Consumer Reports about how to avoid being scammed.
Browsing online

Getting Personal

Mar 20, 2009
Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell answer listeners' pressing questions about stock values, buying vs. renting and what we mean when we talk about income.

Day in the Work Life: Jazz pianist

Mar 20, 2009
On this week's "A Day In the Work Life" we listen to jazz pianist Christopher Dawson.

Bargaining during the recession

Mar 20, 2009
Just because you're shopping in a corporate retail store doesn't mean you can't bargain down a price. Reporter Ashley Milne-Tyte proves that bargaining may be easier than you think.

Rethinking retirement

Mar 20, 2009
Investors are adjusting the way they manage their money, but those hoping to retire soon don't have time to build back wealth. Tess Vigeland talks to financial planner Stuart Ritter about what soon-to-be retirees can do to weather the storm.
You really think you should put your retirement there?