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Comic book writer Joshua Dysart has been nominated for a top prize for his "Unknown Soldier" series. He explains what he enjoys about being a creative freelance writer and living without an alarm clock.
Consumers who sign up for credit cards usually sign away their right to sue for unfair charges. Host Bob Moon talks to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson about why she sued arbitration firms, why they backed down, and what the results mean for consumers.
After the dot-com bust, regulators made Wall Street firms start proving why they pushed certain stocks by hiring independent research firms. But the money for that research is running out, meaning there'll be fewer voices to guide investors. Amy Scott reports.
Host Bob Moon and Marketplace Economics Editor Chris Farrell tackle listeners' questions, including the best time to buy a house and how much you really save by paying more than the regular monthy mortgage payment
Hiring a housekeeper may not seem like a budget item for the under-25 set. But a growing number of less-than-wealthy young people are hiring maids, despite the recession. Sally Herships reports.
The LendingTree.com slogan "When banks compete, you win" has given way to "You to the rescue." Host Bob Moon talks with the company's CEO and a wealth manager about whether the change indicates a new approach consumers' are taking with their finances.