Easy Street: April 26

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

Fedpalooza

A Bernanke press conference primer for the uninitiated: Be cool, be cool.

Banking

"Reputation is dead on Wall Street": Steven Davidoff explores the death of a culture.

How to get ahead at Goldman Sachs: order fast.

Investing

Tech bubble: You keep using that word. T. Rowe Price does not think it means what you think it means.

Bernie Madoff: "Oh yeah. That happened."

Is copper the new gold?: Is silver the new gold? Is platinum the new gold? Precious metals fight it out for respect.

China: The most attractive investment in the world, according to private equity veteran David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group.

Related: 3M is moving most of its capital spending outside the United States; China, India and other emerging markets account for 34% of the company's revenue.

Stock Markets

IPOoooohs: Don't let anyone tell you the IPO market is dead. More companies have filed for IPOs this month than any time since 2007.

Related: Yelp has its sights set on an IPO.

Microsoft: Goldman Sachs hasn't had an analyst covering Microsoft for months. And...no one noticed.

The Washington Matrix

Oil companies
: John Boehner wants to give them tax breaks.

Related: The White House wonders why oil companies need tax breaks if they have....profits. So they can have bigger profits?

Recreational Reading

Qaddafi's money man....has no money.

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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