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September 2010 Archives

  • Have you ever been fined - or rewarded - for your trash?

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    • Posted by Alison Brody
    • on September 30, 2010 12:38 PM

    If you have, you can help Marketplace and Freakonomics launch their new collaboration …

    Beginning this fall, the people who brought you Freakonomics (the books, the blog and now the movie) will have a regular segment on Marketplace. They say they explore “the hidden side of everything,” and they do this mostly by looking at what motivates people to do what they do - it’s not always what you think.

    One of the first topics they’ll be tackling for Marketplace is trash. Cities around the country are trying to figure out how to reduce the amount of waste they produce. Collecting it is expensive, and the question of where to put it is becoming an even bigger problem. Some city governments charge individuals fees for producing too much trash, while others have opted to reward those who reduce the amount of waste they produce.

    Have you ever been charged - or rewarded - for your trash? Click here to share your story with Marketplace (and Freakonomics).

  • Do you own your home free and clear?

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    • Posted by Alison Brody
    • on September 24, 2010 11:19 AM

    Roughly 32% of Americans own their own homes free and clear. They have paid off their mortgages and the title is held in their name alone.

    Are you one of the select few in this country who can claim to be mortgage free? If so, tell Marketplace about it here.

    Unfortunately (and perhaps not surprisingly) housing economists we’ve spoken to say that the ranks of the mortgage-free homeowners will likely shrink in the future. So, while you’re still out there, we have some questions for you: How did you do it? How did it feel when you made your last payment? What does it mean to you that you are the sole owner of your home?

    Share your story with Marketplace here.

  • Do you have a reverse mortgage?

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    • Posted by Alison Brody
    • on September 22, 2010 12:25 PM

    The last couple of years have been a boom time for the reverse mortgage industry. The mixture of an aging population and a lousy economy has meant more people than ever are taking out reverse mortgages on their homes.

    Do you have a reverse mortgage? Marketplace wants to hear about your experience. Click here to tell us.

  • Is your company hiring for the holidays?

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    • Posted by Alison Brody
    • on September 22, 2010 12:18 PM

    It’s already late September, which means that Halloween is nearly here, which means that Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means … the beginning of the holiday shopping season. And if you work in retail you’ve been planning for that moment for a while now. But do your plans include hiring seasonal workers?

    A new report says that the hiring picture for the 2010 holiday season looks better than last year, but still far from rosy.

    Do work in retail? If so, will your company be hiring this year? Click here to share your company’s plans with Marketplace.

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