Marketplace Morning Report

with David Brancaccio

Marketplace Morning Report for Friday, May 4, 2012

In the U.K., voters delivered big losses to the ruling Conservative party yesterday. This weekend, voters in both France and Greece will go to the polls and the expectation is that they'll be in a bit of an anti-austerity mood. Are 401(k)s really the right ticket to a happy retirement? The movie "The Avengers" opens in the U.S. today -- but it has already brought in more than $250 million around the world. And tomorrow is the 138th Kentucky Derby. Horse raising is a multi-billion dollar business, and a growing percentage of that money is being spent on cutting-edge veterinary care.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on May 1, 2012 in New York City. Is there a better way to invest for retirement than the standard 401(k)?
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France's Socialist Party candidate for the 2012 French presidential election Francois Hollande shakes hands with supporters after delivering a speech during a campaign meeting in the French southwestern city of Bordeaux on April 19, 2012.
British Prime Minister David Cameron walks hand-in-hand with his wife Samantha as he leaves a polling station in London on May 3, 2012, after casting his vote in the local elections.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers a keynote address during the Facebook f8 conference on September 22, 2011 in San Francisco, Calif.
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News happens while you sleep. Marketplace Morning Report gives you a head start on the day. Throughout the morning, host David Brancaccio shares the latest on markets, money, jobs and innovation, providing the context you need to make the smartest decisions. And from London, host Anu Anand presents Marketplace Morning Report from BBC World Service to bring you up to speed as the global economy shifts. It's the world perspective you need, from two trusted sources.