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Marketplace for Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Feb 18, 2014

Marketplace for Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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The President announced new EPA targets today regarding fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks. It’s part of his much-talked-about strategy of going around Congress to get things done. But given how ambitious these new goals are, it raises the question of how much power the administration has to go around an industry in requiring new rules. Next, IPO wannabe King Digital Entertainment has made a lot of money out of peoples’ impatience: its top offering,  Candy Crush, is free to play, but it makes money from impatient players who want to buy shortcuts in the game - a dubiously sustainable business model. Finally, loan applications for home purchases have slipped in recent months. One reason:  student loan burdens have grown, which keeps would-be first-time home buyers out of the market.

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Practice patience to avoid paying for Candy Crush

Feb 18, 2014
King Digital Entertainment has made a lot of money out of people's impatience.
A man plays at Candy Crush Saga on his Iphone.
Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Why student loans affect the housing market

Feb 18, 2014
The percentage of homes sold to new homeowners slipped. One reason: student loans.

Chicago's winter and a commuter-rail system in trouble

Feb 18, 2014
Delayed trains left commuters standing in icy winds, and revealed an accident waiting to happen.

Where President Obama "shops"

Feb 18, 2014
The President announced ambitious new EPA targets today -- at a Safeway.

Meet Sylvia Day: The steamy baroness of book deals

Feb 18, 2014
Romance novelist Sylvia Day is making millions, and she's doing it her way.

The USDA is catfishing catfishes

Feb 18, 2014
Catfish farmers hope USDA will get around to regulating them.

Economic eyes again turn to the Baltic Dry Index

Feb 18, 2014
Should we be fretting that the Baltic Dry Index is tanking again?

Internet trolls are trolls in real life, too

Feb 18, 2014
New scientific evidence is in

The President announced new EPA targets today regarding fuel efficiency for heavy-duty trucks. It’s part of his much-talked-about strategy of going around Congress to get things done. But given how ambitious these new goals are, it raises the question of how much power the administration has to go around an industry in requiring new rules. Next, IPO wannabe King Digital Entertainment has made a lot of money out of peoples’ impatience: its top offering,  Candy Crush, is free to play, but it makes money from impatient players who want to buy shortcuts in the game – a dubiously sustainable business model. Finally, loan applications for home purchases have slipped in recent months. One reason:  student loan burdens have grown, which keeps would-be first-time home buyers out of the market.