Marketplace Money

Every weekend, Marketplace Money brings the week’s economic headlines home by looking at matters of personal finance with wit and wisdom.

Recent Episodes

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores the aftermath of the big consumer data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers. Consumer advocate Bob Sullivan explains how shoppers can prevent getting hacked and what to do if your credit or debit card has been compromised. Plus, Marketplace reporter Dan Gorenstein checks in on how consumers are finding their experiences with the Affordable Care Act, and we get an update on the traditional retirement savings rules from David Blanchett of Morningstar. Also, student loan expert Heather Jarvis helps out some listeners who have questions about financing higher education and musician John Roderick shares how his family influenced his financial habits.

01/10/14 Marketplace Money - Burning bridges

This weekend, host Carmen Wong Ulrich explores what seems to be a growing trend of publicizing tense employer-employee relations online. She speaks with law professor David Yamada about why workers choose to take their departure from a job public and the implications of that. Plus, certified financial planner Greg Fisher helps answer listeners’ personal finance questions and comedian W. Kamau Bell shares how his childhood experiences with money shaped his current financial habits.

01-03-14 Marketplace Money - Resolution Roundup

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich celebrates a new year with four devoted listeners determined to make and keep important financial resolutions in 2014. We meet Nina, a single mother in Oakland, Calif., who wants to retire abroad; Melissa and Joshua, a couple in Portland, Ore., who want to keep their newfound financial stability and stay off government assistance; Eric, a college student in Williamsburg, Va., who is striking out on his own for the first time this year; and Destie, a nonprofit worker in Bath, Maine who wants to plug her family’s budget leaks. Plus, Marketplace reporter Mitchell Hartman discusses the new software employers are using to screen applicants and how job seekers are working around it.

12/27/2013 Marketplace Money - New Year's Edition

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich revisits the year in news with a look at stories from 2013 that affected our wallets. Joining her is Marketplace’s David Gura, David Lazarus of the LA Times and NY Times reporter Tara Siegel Bernard. Plus, we help listeners prepare for the fast-approaching tax season with end-of-year planning tips and Marketplace reporter Stacey Vanek Smith explains why returning your unwanted holiday gifts may be harder this year. Also, blogger Joe Udo of the site gives us inspiration for keeping our new year’s financial goals by reflecting on a resolution he made at the start of 2013.

12/20/2013 Marketplace Money - Holiday Etiquette

This weekend on Marketplace Money, host Carmen Wong Ulrich gets into the spirit of giving with etiquette expert Thomas Farley, who offers tips on holiday tipping. Plus, Harvard professor Michael Norton and Eileen Heisman of National Philanthropic Trust talk about why we give and how to donate charitable contributions in the most effective way. Plus, whether you’re giving gift cards over the holidays or will receive some from loved ones, journalist Bob Sullivan shares some important rules and restrictions on the popular presents that you should be aware of. Also, Brian Hoyt of offers ideas on how to find the best coupon deals online and personal finance expert Lauren Lyons Cole dispenses advice to young listeners about student loan debt.

Marketplace Money - 12/13/2013

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.”