Jun 18, 2013 — One in five consumers has an error on their credit report, according to the Federal Trade Commission. How can you keep from being one of them? Host Michel Martin speaks with Louis Barajas, personal finance expert, about the steps you can take to make sure your credit report is on the up and up.
Jun 11, 2013 — Interest rates have shot up recently, and if the rise continues, it could affect everything from home loans to retirement plans. Host Michel Martin speaks with Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek about whether you should do anything to prepare, if rates continue to climb.
Jun 4, 2013 — Americans aren't saving enough for retirement, and old-fashioned retirement plans are partly to blame. That's according to Ben Steverman, who's a personal finance reporter for Bloomberg News. He tells host Michel Martin that people would be better prepared for retirement if employers were more innovative with 401(k) plans.
May 21, 2013 — The stock market is hitting record highs. But stock ownership is at record lows, according to a Gallup poll. Host Michel Martin speaks with Roben Farzad of Bloomberg Businessweek about how low participation rates could hurt struggling Americans.
May 14, 2013 — The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently shot beyond 15,000 points for the first time ever. But to ordinary Americans, it might not seem relevant — given unemployment rates and stagnant wages. Host Michel Martin speaks with personal finance guru Alvin Hall about why the stock market matters.
May 7, 2013 — It's no secret that scammers have been targeting senior citizens - some you can spot from a mile away, but others are not so obvious. Host Michel Martin speaks with Stacy Canan of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, about how some bogus financial advisors are using the art of confusion to drain cash from unsuspecting seniors.
Apr 23, 2013 — Older middle-class Americans are now carrying more credit card debt than younger Americans, according to the AARP. Host Michel Martin speaks with certified financial planner Steve Repak, about ways for seniors to ease the burden.
Mar 26, 2013 — Millions of Americans are officially jobless, but that doesn't mean they're not earning money. To help make ends meet, many unemployed and underemployed people are working in what economists call the 'shadow economy.' Host Michel Martin speaks with Bloomberg economics reporter Joshua Zumbrun about this trend.
Mar 13, 2013 — Not everyone waits until they're 65 to retire. Carl Seidman isn't a millionaire, but he's retiring at the age of 32. He calls it his 'first retirement,' and says he'll have many more to come. Seidman talks with host Michel Martin about why some people don't believe in waiting until their sixties.
Mar 13, 2013 — You can plan, save and make all the right choices, but still have trouble securing your dream retirement. Stan Hinden's plans for his twilight years were undone when his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He shares that experience, and other lessons, in the latest edition of his book, How to Retire Happy.