Mar 28, 2008

Marketplace Money for March 29-30, 2008

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Marketplace Money for March 29-30, 2008

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Penny, the new 'Mac' on the block

Mar 28, 2008
A new private sector effort to fix the housing crisis appeared this week as former Countrywide execs announced PennyMac. Ashley Milne-Tyte explains the plan.

Recessions and depressions 101

Mar 28, 2008
What exactly is a recession and what does it take to turn one into a depression? Tess asks Marketplace commentator Robert Reich for some definitions.

Straight Story: Growing in a recession

Mar 28, 2008
Don't let a downturn squash your business plans. Economics editor Chris Farrell sets the story straight on the opportunities for entrepreneurs during a recession.

Finding real estate answers online

Mar 28, 2008
Real estate Web sites were already popular for browsing prices, but as Stacey Vanek Smith reports, people now use these sites to find housing crisis comfort from fellow surfers.
Real estate Web sites like Zillow let you view housing prices in your area.
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Consolidating student loans

Mar 28, 2008
If you're sitting on a mountain of student loans, doing nothing for a few months might actually be your best move. Tess gets the details from Anna Maria Andriotis.

Getting Personal

Mar 28, 2008
In this edition of Getting Personal, Chris and Tess talk about IRA rollovers, switching jobs, socially responsible investing and paying for college.
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Day in the Work Life: TV weatherman

Mar 28, 2008
On this week's a Day in the Work Life, we learn the joy of forecasting sunny skies almost every day as we follow Los Angeles TV weatherman Fritz Coleman.

The evolution of pawn shops

Mar 28, 2008
Looking for a little money to help you through a rough spot? It may be time for a trip to the pawn shop. We follow Jaime Bedrin on her quest to turn her jewelry box into cash.

Predictably irrational

Mar 28, 2008
We all make the occasional terrible money decision. Tess asks Dan Ariely why people are so irrational when it comes to their economic behavior.

Letters

Mar 28, 2008
Tess reads your letters. This month: Everest history, "pop economics," investment clubs, fees and commuting in the Middle East.
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