Oct 16, 2009

Marketplace Money for October 17-18, 2009

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Marketplace Money for October 17-18, 2009

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Pension funds turn back the clock

Oct 16, 2009
When the economy tanked, government workers watched their pension funds dwindle. Now, in an effort to recover the cash, some funds are resorting to the kind of risky investments that led to the financial crisis in the first place.

Is the FDIC still in good health?

Oct 16, 2009
Tess Vigeland talks to banking analyst Karen Petrou about the continuing banking crisis and whether the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is healthy enough to cover failed banks.

Economy hits elderly immigrants hard

Oct 16, 2009
Elderly immigrants are being forced to postpone retirement because of the recession. But they're having trouble finding work, and get little in the way of government assistance. Jeff Tyler reports.

The Marketplace Money Prize goes to ...

Oct 16, 2009
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Forget the Nobel Prize for economics, Marketplace's Chris Farrell wants to hand out his own award: The Marketplace Money Prize in Personal Finance. And the winner is ...

Getting Personal

Oct 16, 2009
Tess Vigeland and Kiplinger's Kim Lankford tackle listeners' questions about employers' 401(k) contributions, how to make the most out of selling a rental property, and more.

A tip for young people: Save and invest

Oct 16, 2009
Tess Vigeland talks to Stuart Ritter, a financial planner with T. Rowe Price, about what people in their 20s should be doing with their money after seeing the recent downturn in the markets.

Comments from our listeners

Oct 16, 2009
Tess Vigeland lets listeners do the talking by airing their opinions about a couple who worked off $100,000 in debt, the freelance life, and why credit cards cause us to spend more money.

'Scrubs' star gives finances urgent care

Oct 16, 2009
Before Donald Faison became a star on the hit TV series "Scrubs," he was a struggling actor clueless about money. Faison talks with Tess Vigeland about the money lessons he has learned over the years.

A juvenile, delinquent on his payments

Oct 16, 2009
Elizabeth Lord and her 8-year-old son, Xander, talk about their allowance system, which taught him about paying back what he got on credit.

Recession is becoming a real grind

Oct 16, 2009
Tension from the bad economy is taking a toll on many people's teeth. And dealing with stress-related dental problems can lead to big bites out of their pocketbooks. Curt Nickisch reports.