May 8, 2009

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How stressed banks affect you

May 8, 2009
Many of the largest banks still don't get passing grades in U.S. government stress tests and must raise billions of dollars before they can pass. How does this affect the consumer? Reporter Jeremy Hobson has some answers.

Few jobs in rural Wilcox County

May 8, 2009
Unemployment continues to plague cities across the country. But Wilcox County, Ala. has suffered severely due to the closure of a large lumber mill. Now one in four residents can't find work. Tanya Ott reports.

Straight Story

May 8, 2009
Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell talk about the current state of the economic crisis and how it compares to financial crises of the past.

Financial advisers step up their game

May 8, 2009
Investment firms are on the prowl for new customers. Those still in the green have the opportunity to snatch up new business after the downfall of companies like AIG. Andrea Gardner reports.

Is bigger actually better?

May 8, 2009
Now that some large investment firms have been shuttered by the economic fallout, consumers have a tough choice: stay with a large firm or seek out a smaller, independent one. Bob Moon reports.

Update: 30-day financial makeover

May 8, 2009
Last week we introduced you to Gail George, one of our listeners who agreed to let us track her finances for 30 days. Gail checks in with Tess Vigeland for an update.
Gail George
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Getting Personal

May 8, 2009
Tess Vigeland and economics editor Chris Farrell answer listeners' pressing questions about paying off mortgages by retirement, what to do when companies stop 401K contributions and how to choose a financial planner.
Getting Personal
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Understanding student loans

May 8, 2009
High school grads heading to college face difficult decisions about how to pay for tuition and expenses. Many will turn to federal and private student loans. Lauren Asher of Project for Student Debt discusses the student loan process.
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Still stumped by FICO?

May 8, 2009
The FICO score is still something many people don't fully understand. Tess Vigeland talks to MSN personal finance columnist Liz Pulliam Weston about where to find your score and how to avoid falling into marketing traps.
Giving yourself a credit check
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