Easy Street: April 18

Easy Street is Marketplace's daily roundup of the most interesting news stories and commentary about Wall Street, Washington and the world beyond.

Top Story

The Pulitzer Prizes: Business journalism did very well in this year's Pulitzers. Go, read the work done by journalists to inform you better about the financial system.

Mergers

Twitter: It is in talks to buy Tweetdeck for $50 million, reports the WSJ's Amir Efrati.

Banking

Earnings: Because of S&P's call on the U.S. outlook, everyone forgot that Citigroup reported its fifth-straight quarter of profitability - profit which dropped 32%. Which of those facts are more important? DealBook talks about how banks spin their earnings.

Not without my margin: European banks are facing much stricter requirements for how much money they have to keep on hand. England doesn't want those European banks trying to move to London where life is easier.

Investing

The Winklevii method: Why work when you can make an entire career out of suing one company? The Winklevoss twins tell you how it's done.

Stock Markets

0 to 60....million: When a company's executives spend weeks meeting potential investors for an IPO, that's called a "road show." Imagine a road show where the company is....Ferrari. We'll give our male readers a moment to process that.

The Washington Matrix

Obama's bonus: President Obama earned $1.7 million in 2010 - $400,000 from his federal salary and the rest from his three books.

Around the Web

"It is not that all traders are uniquely evil": I just happened upon this scholarly Georgetown paper on the moral implications of Wall Street bonuses. Make some tea when you get home and read it.

About the author

Heidi N. Moore is The Guardian's U.S. finance and economics editor. She was formerly the New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace.

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