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August 2009 Archives

  • Has the recession forced you to start over?


    The recession might be ending, but for many people this is just the beginning. Thanks to the poor economy, millions of people have been forced to start over after having their lives disrupted by layoffs, foreclosures and dwindling market returns.

    Have you been forced to start over? Maybe you’re starting a new career, because your old one died? Or you’ve moved to a faraway place to change your life? Or you’ve done a 180 in the way you approach money?

    Tell us about it here.

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your financial future?

    • Posted by Jo Easton
    • on August 18, 2009 11:46 AM

    The U.S. financial system is built on our belief that it will work. A year ago next month, that system came crashing down around our ears. Many of us have found our lives changed in some way by the recession. And one of the biggest things that’s changed is our attitudes about money, the economy, and our own prospects for future success.

    What about you? Have your attitudes and beliefs about the system changed? Click here to share your experience.

    Next month on Marketplace, we’ll be examining what, if at all, has changed about the financial system… and the role that our collective belief plays in it. You can help us with this coverage by sharing your experience: If you could rank your current personal financial outlook, where would you fit in on a 1-to-10 scale? Click here to fill us in.

  • What's your job hunt story?

    • Posted by Jo Easton
    • on August 17, 2009 12:07 PM

    Marketplace is planning a series of commentaries from people on the hunt for a job in the midst of the recession. This afternoon on the show you’ll hear from a young woman struggling to find a job… but perhaps you’ve been looking longer and want to share your experience….or maybe you’ve just landed your dream job, and want to crow about your success!

    Whether you’ve succeeded, are still looking, or have given up entirely, we want to hear your tale.

    Click here to tell your story. What you share with us will help us find the most compelling commentaries to share with you. Gotta give a little to get a little, right?

  • Do you help your undergrad kid with their finances?

    • Posted by Jo Easton
    • on August 11, 2009 4:17 PM

    Is your child going back to college this year, or heading to college for the first time? Marketplace Money is looking for insight into how you as a parent are helping your college student plan their finances.

    Share your experience with Marketplace Money.

    Do you lay down the law for the school year budget with your college student, or do you work out a budget together? Who pays for what? If your student is returning to college this year, has your experience from last year led you to do anything differently this year? And if your kid doesn’t stick to the plan…how do you enforce the budget?

    Your stories wanted. Share your thoughts on college student budgeting, and Tess might just drag you onto the show to ask you about your game plan.

  • What's in the new GI Bill for you?

    • Posted by Jo Easton
    • on August 5, 2009 10:54 AM

    The post-9/11 GI Bill, which grants higher education benefits to veterans who served on active duty after September 10, 2001, went into effect this week.

    Will you or a member of your family apply for education benefits through the bill? Click here to share your plans and expectations with Marketplace.

    Your insights will help our reporters understand the needs of service members and their families.

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