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Use caution when condo shopping

May 1, 2009
Housing prices in Florida have dropped 30% from last year. Condo prices have declined even further. But people looking to invest in a condo should first do their homework to avoid serious pitfalls. Dan Grech reports.

Decoding the home appraisal process

May 1, 2009
Appraisers wield a lot of power when it comes to naming a value on your property. But how exactly do they come up with that magical number? Tamara Keith reports on how the appraisal process works.

Straight Story

May 1, 2009
Tess Vigeland talks with economics editor Chris Farrell about what to do with declining interest rates and slow-growing savings accounts.

Is infinite debt to blame?

May 1, 2009
So who's to blame for the financial crisis? The finger has been pointed at everyone from Wall Street to Main Street. Labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan lays out his theory in the April issue of Harper's Magazine.
Chicago labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan.
Shelley Anderson

Financial strain threatens mental health

May 1, 2009
Financial hardship can be difficult for anyone, but what about someone suffering from severe anxiety, depression or other mental illness? There are places that offer both legal and medical support during trying times. Amy Scott reports.

Getting Personal

May 1, 2009
Tess Vigeland and Chris Farrell answer listeners' pressing questions about using securities to pay off debt, taking out an equity line of credit and whether veritable annuities are a good idea.
Getting Personal
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Our 30-day financial makeover

May 1, 2009
A few weeks ago we sent word that we were looking for a financial guinea pig. Teacher Gail George answered our call enthusiastically and offered to let us to track her spending for 30 days. She explains why…

Balancing love and money

May 1, 2009
Alana Semuels writes the "Ask Alana" column for the L.A. Times, where she offers readers advice about relationship and money etiquette. Semuels talks about some of her favorite questions from readers.

Getting thrifty at garage sales

May 1, 2009
With more people looking to turn unwanted goods into cash, yard/garage sales are looking like good alternatives for consumers wanting to save money. Cash Peters visits a garage sale to see what's up for grabs.