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Marketplace for Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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We often think of the stock market as the province of the machines. But in the Twitter IPO, the pivotal role is played by a human: the designated market maker, who will act as a conduit for all trading in Twitter shares. Marvel is diversifying its stable of superheroes with a new series featuring a teenage Muslim lead character. How much of a role do financial considerations play in creating a new superhero. Finally, Bart Chilton, known for quoting rock-and-roll lyrics in firebrand speeches, is leaving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. His coming departure and other changes raise the specter that the regulator could soon be well short of its usual five commissioners.

Bye Bye, Blockbuster

Video rental chain Blockbuster is an endangered species. But now, it's getting even closer to extinction.
Posted In: Final Note, Blockbuster

In Chicago, a sophisticated new rail fare system that doesn't work

Chicago's new system offers more features for transit riders -- when it works. The city's transit agency has delayed the phase-out of the old system.
Posted In: CTA, Chicago Transit Authority, Transportation, ventra

A commission without commissioners

Bart Chilton, known as a firebrand and for making all manner of music allusions in his speeches, is leaving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Posted In: CFTC, regulators, Dodd-Frank law

Obamacare limbo land for health care navigators

As the exchanges continue to struggle with technical problems, advocacy groups are hitting the streets in places like Camden, N.J.
Posted In: Obamacare, navigators, healthcare.gov

Marvel's new super power: Growing the market

Marvel is diversifying its stable of superheroes with a new series featuring a teenage Muslim lead character.
Posted In: Marvel comics, DC comics, Ms. Marvel, Muslim, Islam, women, religion

The most important person in Twitter's IPO

In the Twitter IPO, the pivotal role is played by a human: the designated market maker, who will act as a conduit for all trading in Twitter shares.
Posted In: Twitter IPO, Jack Dorsey, NYSE

The downside of rising house prices

Higher house prices are often seen as a sign of an improving economy, but they have a downside when incomes don't keep pace.
Posted In: Housing, home prices, equity, San Luis Obispo

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Black Balloons
Local Natives
Seaside Rock [Vinyl]
Here Comes The Night Time
Arcade Fire
We Good (Instrumental)
Pete Rock