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 16, 2013 — You could end up with a lot less savings at 65 than you ever anticipated because of fees charged by the financial institutions managing your retirement accounts. Robert Hiltonsmith, who researches retirement security, says those fees were disclosed to 401(k) plan participants until only recently.
May 16, 2013 — Days after the marathon bombing, officials established the One Fund for Boston to assist victims and their families. Attorney Ken Feinberg, who managed similar funds after Sept. 11 and Virginia Tech and is managing this fund, says there's no easy way to decide who gets how much of the $30 million that's been donated.
May 14, 2013 — Jobs and the economy dominated political discussion during the election year, but have since been forgotten. Even before the current outbreak of scandals, it was clear Washington preferred to talk about other issues.
May 13, 2013 — Experts say the housing market is recovering, but the percentage of Americans who own homes is lower than it was a decade ago. Host Michel Martin speaks to Time's Rana Foroohar who looks at this and other paradoxes in the housing market, and asks if the recovery is really just a mirage.
May 13, 2013 — Private employers must pay time and a half to workers who put in more than 40 hours a week. But some workers want comp time for extra hours. The House voted to allow workers to save up their comp time, but critics fear that employers would use the measure to abuse overtime rules.
May 10, 2013 — The Internet has managed to disrupt many industries, from publishing to music. So why not lending? Google's recent investment in Lending Club has raised the profile of peer-to-peer lending, which gets borrowers and lenders together outside the conventional banking system.
May 8, 2013 — Hospital prices just got a lot more transparent. But if you have private insurance, the new information won't help you.
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.
May 6, 2013 — Proponents of the bill, currently before Congress, say collecting taxes from online sales should be relatively simple for retailers. But with close to 10,000 tax jurisdictions around the country, some online businesses say collecting the taxes and navigating potential problems will be a costly burden.