Each week on Marketplace Money, host Tess Vigeland looks at the week's major national and international stories that will impact the average listener's wallet. During the hour-long program, Vigeland and her guests help listeners map out the course to financial well-being, offering advice on topics like how to pay for college and whether to buy or lease a car as well as the individual impact of national stories.
This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores why new car sales are soaring and what that means for the used car inventory and consumers. Plus, the holidays are a great time for folks to earn extra cash through sites like Taskrabbit, where freelancers can bid for odd jobs. Carmen and a guest expert answer questions about saving for retirement from listeners working in the gig economy. Also, feeding your family can be an expensive feat during the holidays, particularly if you want to make meals that are nutritious. Stic of the rap group Dead Prez joins the show to talk about how to “eat good on a hood budget.”
This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores the psychology of self-control leading up to the time of year when people make resolutions – financial and otherwise. She’s joined by Maria Konnikova, author of the forthcoming book “Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes” to talk about willpower, determination and rewards. CBS News Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger also joins the program to help answer listeners’ questions about personal finance, plus Carmen digs into the topic of financial gifts in a special “Lightning Round” of Q&As. Also, we check back in with a former guest who had $1,000 riding on a weight loss competition to see what the outcome was.
This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich addresses some usual – and unusual – questions about how family and finances mix during the holiday season. First, reporter Stacey Vanek Smith shares the myriad ways stores use technology to stalk customers while they shop, in hopes of making them spend more money. Plus, psychiatrist Gail Saltz joins the program to discuss how people rationalize overspending on gifts for loved ones and ways to break that bad financial habit. Also, Greg Graffin of the punk rock band Bad Religion reflects on how his spending habits were shaped by his frugal father. And, a pair of personal finance experts debate the value of the financial literacy movement.
This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich presents a special collaboration with The New York Times called “The New Math of Healthcare.” The show features interviews with Times and Marketplace reporters who explore the changing landscape of American healthcare, including what the transitions mean for retirees and the uninsured. Plus, how to shop for the right health plan for you. We also check in with folks who have to work on the Thanksgiving holiday and break down what the latest news about the Dow means for the average investor.
This weekend, Marketplace Money’s host Carmen Wong Ulrich calculates the cost of homeownership with a first time home buyer. Jennifer wants to buy, but does the math and her motive align with the investment? Plus, what do you do with $500,000 in a savings account? When you meet a fee-only financial planner, how do you prepare yourself to get the most out of that conversation? Author Amy Tan talks pickles and soup. Eating out shaped the way she lives money. And Carmen also gets a guide to rating charities.
This weekend, newly minted Marketplace Money expert Carmen Wong Ulrich looks ahead to the holidays, gives listeners guidance, and even holds up to a lightning round of personal finance questions. Five minutes of fast and furious answers about paying off debt, buying a home, and starting a small business. We hear from a professor who went undercover as a worker in check cashing branch and what she learned from the experience. Carmen hosts a roundtable with a rabbi and Christian woman about what the relationship between money and religion is, and what it should be. Plus, Vanguard Founder John Bogle shares how his family shaped his money philosophy.
This weekend, personal finance expert Carmen Wong Ulrich debuts as the new host of Marketplace Money. We'll have a round-up of personal-finance headlines in the news and a discussion on how keeping secrets about money affects relationships. Plus, a debate about whether or not marriage should be viewed as a financial contract. We'll answer questions about credit card debt, early retirement and the role credit history plays in personal identity from our listeners.
This week: Money Secrets. Shhh…. Secret bank accounts. Hidden credit cards. Hard to find investments. Fifteen percent of Americans—with merged finances—admit to having a financial account their partners don’t know about. We talk with two listeners who have squirreled away money. Also, a conversation with Carmen Wong Ulrich, the new Marketplace Money host. She talks about why we keep secrets and also answers listeners questions. Plus, your brain on money. Poverty, wealth, and decisions: Surprising new research about the mind’s financial eye.
This Week: Financial Health. Money can motivate us in all sorts of ways. Change your job. Pick one house over another. And in some instances, change our behavior. We spend time this week with two folks who have done that: using money to lose weight. Workplaces are also getting into the act. Using financial carrots and sticks to encourage healthier lifestyles for their workers. Plus, how should we learn about personal finance? With schools? And get some answers to these personal finance puzzles: When should you put a home on the market? What’s the math behind taking money out of your portfolio if you don’t want go back to work?
This Week: The Fed & the 401(k). President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to be the next Federal Reserve chair. We take a look at that news in the context of one area where the Federal Reserve matters: interest rates and housing. And, more than 70 million Americans have retirement accounts at work. In the last few years, there have been more lawsuits filed by workers against their companies and the plans they administer. What should you know about your 401(k)? A primer on the questions to ask your administrator about fees and performance. Plus, an update on the health care exchanges. Then, Marketplace’s Chris Farrell answers your personal finance questions, including when to buy life-insurance.
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. And yearning to move... up. Isn't that idea of economic mobility central to who we are as Americans? So what does it mean now? Is there a glass floor, preventing people from improving their lives? Plus, a look at foreign and domestic adoptions. What you should look for in an agency? What should you prepare for in terms of costs? Perspectives from a family and a social worker. And, lots of you wrote in asking this question…How do you fix an error on a credit report. Are all errors worth your time?
Set a budget. Save for retirement. Plan for college savings. But how do those rules fit with your circumstances? This week, we feature conversations that go beyond the fine print of personal finance. What type of college savings account works best? A look at the differences between a Roth IRA and a 529 savings plan. When should you think about buying a home? How does that influence what you save for retirement? Plus, prepare yourself for a fee battle. What you can do to get the upper hand on hidden costs.
The American Dream. What does that even mean now, anyway? We've spent the past few weeks trying to figure it out and asking people about their dreams. Getting educated, making a home, and retiring comfortably. A slew of experts helped us build a financial roadmap of sorts: from where you are now to where you want to be. This week’s show follows up with you. What you wrote us, what you wanted more information about, and what stories you shared. Plus, economic policy often shapes how you pay for those big dreams. We look at the role of the Federal Reserve.
The American Dream resonates with millions of Americans -- getting a college degree, buying a home, retiring comfortably. This week’s show focuses on one thing that can transform those dreams into a financial and emotional nightmare: health insurance. Not having it, not having enough, or not understanding what’s out there for you. We’re spending the hour looking at the health care system for those buying insurance for the first time under the Affordable Care Act and for those of you wondering how to find out the price of a procedure. Plus, what are the steps to negotiate a lower bill? And how are companies changing insurance for their workers? It’s a show about coverage, cost, and care.
We are focusing on the American Dream over the next few weeks. At its core, it symbolizes mobility. Getting a college degree. Securing a good paying job. Buying a home and saving for life after work. This weekend, we look at retirement. How we save. How we live and spend after we retire. And what are your investment options at any age? This week, a guide to your golden years.
For the next few weeks, we're focusing on tThe American Dream. This weekend's show is about college. It is often seen as the path to financial mobility and security. Better paying job. A chance to save for retirement. Buying a home. But talking about college means talking about student loans. It means talking about affordability and family conversations about choices. How should we think about costs? What can you do to save for college? And what are your options to manage debt?
For the next four weeks, we're going to talk about The American Dream. The phrase means something to millions of people: getting educated, moving up, retiring well and buying a home. This weekend’s show places home ownership under a microscope. What should you know before you buy? How should youthink about costs? And whether owning a home is the right decision for you. Plus, a game where you can test your knowledge of famous TV homes and a checklist for homebuyers out there.
Let’s face it, there are money conversations that make you squirm -- especially when they occur within your family. Like when your sister asks to borrow money. Or you have to approach your parents about selling their house to pay for retirement. Or when you have to discuss a budget with your partner. This week, a guide to talking about money with your family.
Over the past few weeks, we've taken you back to personal finance backs. Now that you're all caught up in the fundamentals, it's time to pay attention to you -- the consumer. We've got advice on what to do when you're vacation plans are thwarted by a travel alert. Plus, the art of using social media to get better customer service. Also, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was set up to protect you. We talk to the head of the CFPB about how to use the organization to improve your overall consumer experiences. And stories about what phasing out Fannie and Freddie means for you, what news is worth, summer reading suggestions, and the mystery of COLA (we don't mean the beverage).
For the last three weeks, we’ve gone back to the basics…understanding concepts like banking, savings and investing. Today, we wrap up our series with a look at one of the most important money relationships you have. It takes maintenance, self awareness, and self control. It's your life with credit and debt. How do you build or rebuild a credit history? How many cards should you have? And what’s the best card for you? This week, a guide to credit and debt.