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Mar 27, 2009

Marketplace Money for March 27-29, 2009

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529 college funds dropping fast

Mar 27, 2009
Assets in 529 funds dropped 21% in the fourth quarter last year. Tess Vigeland talks with financial planner Bill Parish about what's happening to existing 529s and whether they are still a good way to save for college.

Quick fix credit scams

Mar 27, 2009
Scams offering to lower property taxes or save people from foreclosure are everywhere. But what about ads promising to get rid of bad credit? Sally Herships finds out why people are believing the ads and what happens when they do.

Sallie Mae changes payment rules

Mar 27, 2009
Sallie Mae announced that it's changing rules about when student loans need to start being paid back. Tess Vigeland talks to Mark Kantrowitz of FinAid.org about what it means for students entering and graduating from college.

Straight Story

Mar 27, 2009
Tess Vigeland and Economics editor Chris Farrell discuss how consumers can sort through conflicting financial advice about investing in the current market.

Getting Personal

Mar 27, 2009
Tess Vigeland and Economics editor Chris Farrell answer pressing questions from listeners about borrowing from a 401K, how to buy life insurance, and how life insurance companies are regulated by the state.

Negotiating lower rent

Mar 27, 2009
In a soft market, landlords are more open to adjusting rent prices for the right tenant. Attorney Janet Portman explains the best ways to negotiate rent with your landlord.

Day In The Work Life: Crop duster

Mar 27, 2009
On today's Day In The Work Life, we hear from Ray Dyson, 58, a professional aerial applicator, otherwise known as a "crop duster."

Tax woes for gay couples

Mar 27, 2009
Tax season is a headache for most people, but for gay couples, it can be even more complicated and expensive. Reporter Mina Kim visited a gay couple in San Francisco caught in tax season stress.

Memoir of a Socialist's son

Mar 27, 2009
Tess Vigeland talks to author Said Sayrafiezadeh about his new memoir, "When Skateboards Will Be Free," about his experience growing up in a Socialist household in America.