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Tuesday, Jan. 18
Everything Money – A Look Ahead

Everything Money – A Look Ahead: So far, 2011 is a mixed bag, economically speaking. Consumer spending is up, but so are gas and oil prices. Unemployment is down—but recent jobs reports have been disappointing. So what can we expect as the year unfolds? Our Everything Money maven Sheryl Marshall is here to talk about that and more.

Sheryl's Tip of the Day: If you're in a high tax bracket, municipal bonds are a usually a good investment. They are federally tax exempt, and if you buy the bonds from the state you reside in, they are state tax exempt. This year with municipalities particularly strapped for cash, investors need to be more cautious. For example the "spread" between the prices of municipal bonds and US treasuries right now is quite narrow. A 10 year municipal bond yields about 3.41% vs. 3.3% for a 10 year US Treasury. The market is saying that investors may be better off in US Treasuries. Savvy investors need to diversify their municipal holdings, even if it means giving up the state tax advantages of owning only Massachusetts bonds. A medium term, national, diversified muni bond fund is currently the best way to go.
  Learn more about municipal bonds at MuniNetGuide.com
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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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