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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: "McJob." You hear it, you see it, but do you really know it?
Our economics editor Chris Farrell answers your burning money questions. This week, advice on buying U.S. savings bonds, checking a credit report and saving the right amount.
Credit card companies like to lure you with the promise of a fixed interest rate, but they may be taking a few liberties with the definition. Tess Vigeland interviews Travis Plunkett of the Consumer Federation of America on how "fixed" these rates really are.
Buying a falling stock can be tempting, but if you think a quick rise will help you get rich quick, think again. As Bob Moon reports, you may be risking more than you can afford.
The country's war with credit card debt rages on. A new documentary called "Maxed Out" takes an in-depth look at our nasty credit addiction. Tess Vigeland talks plastic with director James Scurlock.
According to a recent Smart Money investigation, many brokers are offering advice they shouldn't be giving. Tess Vigeland discusses broker trust with Smart Money Magazine senior writer Dyan Machan.
Marketplace Money for March 23, 2007