Marketplace for Wednesday November 5, 2014
Nov 5, 2014

Marketplace for Wednesday November 5, 2014

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Now that the elections are over, the one thing most people can agree on is that not much will change. This is great for Wall Street because stasis means certainty. And Wall Street loves certainty. Plus, Denton, Texas is special. It sits on top of a huge shale oil reserve. The oil industry went all in to defeat the proposal and it passed with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Turns out maybe people don’t like living in an oil field. Finally, emojis are about to get more racially diverse. We take a broad-brush look at the emoji industry, and the money behind creating and spreading the little pictograms.

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These midterms mean gridlock. So Wall Street's happy.

Nov 5, 2014
Stasis means certainty. And Wall Street LOVES certainty.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about emoji

Nov 5, 2014
A broad-brush look at the emoji industry – and the money behind creating and spreading the little picto-grams.

Texas oil town votes to ban fracking

Nov 5, 2014
Denton, a college town in the middle of the oil patch, overwhelmingly votes against more fracking.

We've got a bit of a big screen problem

Nov 5, 2014
Logistics and economics mean our screens can only get so big. Why oh why?

Trade deficits aren't good or bad, just weird

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Nov 5, 2014
The hidden side of trade deficits.
A waiter serves glasses of red wine at the counter of a bar in Paris.
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How tobacco farms are going organic

Nov 5, 2014
The federal program designed to help tobacco farmers transition from the depression-era quota system to the free market has officially ended.

Now that the elections are over, the one thing most people can agree on is that not much will change. This is great for Wall Street because stasis means certainty. And Wall Street loves certainty. Plus, Denton, Texas is special. It sits on top of a huge shale oil reserve. The oil industry went all in to defeat the proposal and it passed with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Turns out maybe people don’t like living in an oil field. Finally, emojis are about to get more racially diverse. We take a broad-brush look at the emoji industry, and the money behind creating and spreading the little pictograms.

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