Easy Street

Easy Street: April 18

Heidi Moore Apr 18, 2011

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.


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


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.


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.

There’s a lot happening in the world.  Through it all, Marketplace is here for you. 

You rely on Marketplace to break down the world’s events and tell you how it affects you in a fact-based, approachable way. We rely on your financial support to keep making that possible. 

Your donation today powers the independent journalism that you rely on. For just $5/month, you can help sustain Marketplace so we can keep reporting on the things that matter to you.