Marketplace for Thursday, February 27, 2014

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When Freddie Mac hands the Treasury a $10.4 billion dividend next month, taxpayers will have received almost $82 billion back for the $71.3 billion in support  the mortgage giant received during the financial crisis. We look at whether the arguments for getting rid of Freddie and sibling company Fannie Mae– made back in the financial crisis – still hold. Next, the federal highway tax hasn’t been increased since 1993... and the Highway Transportation Fund is running out of money.

Fannie and Freddie: Cash cows avoid the slaughter?

The mortgage lenders have turned around their fortunes -- and not everyone's happy about it.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Which lawmakers got paid during the shutdown?

The Washington Post went back and checked.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013

Companies (still) want to know your SAT score

Are SAT scores still relevant years later? Would you be willing to give your score to a recruiter if asked?
Posted In: SAT, college, hiring

Oscar predictions are an imprecise art

Film Critic Wesley Morris on why he hates the guessing game of Oscar predictions.

Maggie Walker: Banking and civil rights

Walker was a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader.
Posted In: black history month, Bankers

Supermarkets don't go to 'food deserts'

Grocery chains look at the lack of neighborhood competition as a bad thing.
Posted In: food deserts, grocery stores, supermarket

The highway repair fund is going broke

Some say it's because the gasoline tax hasn't gone up since 1993.
Posted In: gas mileage, highways

Kudos to the Tooth Fairy

Marketplace Datebook for Friday, February 28, 2014
Posted In: tooth fairy

Young Wall Street bankers turn to custom suits

And yes, some have 'Wolf of Wall Street' quotes sewn into the lining.
Posted In: Wall Street, custom suits, menswear

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Kong
The Notwist
Animal (Mark Ronson Remix)
Miike Snow
Take a Walk (Album Version)
Passion Pit
Naked As We Came
Iron & Wine
Good Man
Josh Ritter
This is Not Meth
Flex Cop