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Marketplace for Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Jan 15, 2014

Marketplace for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Bank earnings look good, and big banks’ shares are doing well in the markets today. But for some years now, a significant contributor to earnings is simply the release of loss reserves set aside during the Bad Days. When accounting affects earnings so greatly, what’s the value of these earnings reports? Next, the conservative Koch brothers have been spending money for fall campaigns already. They're targeting vulnerable Congressional Democrats who supported the ACA. But most campaigns say a dollar spent this early is a dollar spent unwisely. And finally,Viacom’s new My Nickelodeon Jr. takes personalized TV to the younger set – well, to their parents. Parents can program the TV their kids will watch  – sounds a bit like Netflix.

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Drug cartels have an offer you can (and should) refuse

Jan 14, 2014
Mexican drug cartels increasingly use small businesses in the U.S. to launder their criminal revenues.

Just how seriously should we take the latest bank earnings?

Jan 15, 2014
When accounting affects earnings so greatly, what’s the value of these earnings reports?

The Koch brothers are spending on the midterm elections. Already

Jan 15, 2014
The conservative Koch brothers are targeting vulnerable Congressional Democrats who supported the ACA.

My Nick Jr. personalizes TV -- and it smells like Netflix

Jan 15, 2014
Viacom’s new My Nick Jr. lets parents program a channel – an attempt to hold more viewers on television.

Blackstone-backed real estate firm learns how to be a landlord

Jan 15, 2014
Over the past year and a half, Invitation Homes has spent $7.5 billion buying - and managing - those homes.

How to quit a job without talking to your boss

Jan 15, 2014
You decide why you want to quit, an app sends an appropriate text to your boss.

How to sharpen a knife: A disappearing job

Jan 15, 2014
Knife sharpeners say they are still on the cutting edge, but their market is nearly obsolete.

The NSA has new ways to see inside your computer

Jan 15, 2014
The National Security Agency has been able to access computers that are not connected to the internet for at least five years.

Bank earnings look good, and big banks’ shares are doing well in the markets today. But for some years now, a significant contributor to earnings is simply the release of loss reserves set aside during the Bad Days. When accounting affects earnings so greatly, what’s the value of these earnings reports? Next, the conservative Koch brothers have been spending money for fall campaigns already. They’re targeting vulnerable Congressional Democrats who supported the ACA. But most campaigns say a dollar spent this early is a dollar spent unwisely. And finally,Viacom’s new My Nickelodeon Jr. takes personalized TV to the younger set – well, to their parents. Parents can program the TV their kids will watch  – sounds a bit like Netflix.