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Marketplace for Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Nov 6, 2013

Marketplace for Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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We often think of the stock market as the province of the machines. But in the Twitter IPO, the pivotal role is played by a human: the designated market maker, who will act as a conduit for all trading in Twitter shares. Marvel is diversifying its stable of superheroes with a new series featuring a teenage Muslim lead character. How much of a role do financial considerations play in creating a new superhero. Finally, Bart Chilton, known for quoting rock-and-roll lyrics in firebrand speeches, is leaving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. His coming departure and other changes raise the specter that the regulator could soon be well short of its usual five commissioners.

Segments From this episode

The downside of rising house prices

Nov 6, 2013
Higher house prices are often seen as a sign of an improving economy, but they have a downside when incomes don't keep pace.

The most important person in Twitter's IPO

Nov 6, 2013
In the Twitter IPO, the pivotal role is played by a human: the designated market maker, who will act as a conduit for all trading in Twitter shares.
The Twitter logo is seen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the afternoon of November 6, 2013 in New York City. Twitter launches its IPO tomorrow. 
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Marvel's new super power: Growing the market

Nov 6, 2013
Marvel is diversifying its stable of superheroes with a new series featuring a teenage Muslim lead character.

A commission without commissioners

Nov 6, 2013
Bart Chilton, known as a firebrand and for making all manner of music allusions in his speeches, is leaving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Obamacare limbo land for health care navigators

Nov 6, 2013
As the exchanges continue to struggle with technical problems, advocacy groups are hitting the streets in places like Camden, N.J.

In Chicago, a sophisticated new rail fare system that doesn't work

Nov 6, 2013
Chicago's new system offers more features for transit riders -- when it works. The city's transit agency has delayed the phase-out of the old system.

Bye Bye, Blockbuster

Nov 6, 2013
Video rental chain Blockbuster is an endangered species. But now, it's getting even closer to extinction.

Amazon hopes John Goodman will make you buy stuff

Nov 6, 2013
Amazon takes a page out of Netflix's book.

We often think of the stock market as the province of the machines. But in the Twitter IPO, the pivotal role is played by a human: the designated market maker, who will act as a conduit for all trading in Twitter shares. Marvel is diversifying its stable of superheroes with a new series featuring a teenage Muslim lead character. How much of a role do financial considerations play in creating a new superhero. Finally, Bart Chilton, known for quoting rock-and-roll lyrics in firebrand speeches, is leaving the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. His coming departure and other changes raise the specter that the regulator could soon be well short of its usual five commissioners.

Music from the episode

Black Balloons Local Natives
Saying Something (Mukiya) Peter Bjorn and John