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What GE tells us about big bank earnings

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-14 02:00

On Tuesday, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo begin a week of big bank earnings reports. But we got a preview of the state of the big banks last week, when GE announced it would wind down and sell off most of the assets of the seventh-largest bank: GE Capital. 

"The primary lesson is: If you don't have to be a bank, don't be one," says Fred Cannon, global director of research at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. Cannon also says the fact that GE is selling most of the financial assets to smaller institutions is an indication of what sector will see faster growth in the years to come. 

But bank analyst Nancy Bush says there is one area where the so-called “universal banks” have an edge this quarter: Trading on the volatility in the currency and commodities markets.

 

 

 

 

Winner takes all (minus the taxes)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-14 02:00

Last week, one of my colleagues was sounding a little tense as he set out to work on his taxes. Radio producer Josh Woo fills in here as a director on the Marketplace Morning Report and the thing is during 2014 tax year, Josh won big on a TV game show. Four years earlier, Josh had also won prizes on another show, The Price is Right, and a dozen years before that, when just a kid, Josh won two grand on Jeopardy. With Josh's tax return now signed and delivered, I wanted to see if with all this experience, if he managed to avoid the classic mistake or forgetting to pay estimated tax on extra income. 

Click on the multimedia player above to hear more on what Josh's big win means to him this tax season. 

 

'Suspicious' blaze at former club

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:57
About 70 firefighters have been tackling a large "suspicious" fire overnight at a former nightclub in Warrington.

VIDEO: Live: Conservative manifesto launch

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:57
The Conservative Party is launching its manifesto for the 2015 General Election in Wiltshire.

Nokia in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:50
Nokia is in talks to buy French rival Alcatel-Lucent in a deal that could create a European telecoms equipment group worth over €40bn.

Man traced in search for student

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:30
A man who was seen with missing student Karen Buckley has been traced and is helping police with inquiries.

UK house prices continue to cool

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:20
House prices across the UK are continuing to cool down, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

VIDEO: From vlogger to top-selling author

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:20
Online video bloggers, or vloggers, are increasingly turning their hand to print - a market that is proving lucrative, as Jeremy Howell reports.

Digging begins in cold case murder

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:14
Forensics experts begin digging an area in Ramsey near where they believe a man was murdered 25 years ago.

Tomorrow is your big day

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:00
6 percent

That's how now-official presidential hopeful Marco Rubio has been polling, on average, for the past few months. While he's a low-performer in the crowded GOP field, FiveThirtyEight argues Rubio belongs in contention with presumed GOP front-runners like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. Rubio has a history of beating expectations and winning important party endorsements, says analyst Harry Enten, and he could be a very electable, middle-of-the-road option for voters.

1: 1.05

That's the euro-dollar exchange rate this morning. If you've been thinking about visiting Europe, but haven't wanted to pay top dollar, now is a pretty good time to take out your wallet. The attractive exchange rate is making everything from paella to rail tickets cheaper. 

$2,815

The average tax refund at the beginning of April, about $20 more than this time last tax season. All told, the IRS refunded about $374 billion last year. So why do so many people overpay? Turns out it has a lot to do with taxpayer psychology. We looked into it as part of our series, "I've Always Wondered..."

April 15, 2015

Speaking of taxes, April 15 is the IRS tax filing deadline. As if you didn't already know. Our own producer Josh Woo was the winner on Wheel of Fortune in the 2014 tax year. And with his tax return now signed and delivered, we look at what his game show victory meant for him this tax season. 

1995

The year Lynda Weinman started Lynda.com with her husband Bruce Heavin. Born out of Weinman's do-it-yourself web design books, Lynda was bought by Linkedin last week for $1.5 billion. The Wall Street Journal has Weinman's story, from doing special effects on "RoboCop 2" to shaping the current landscape of ed-tech.

5.6 percent

That's how much Nokia's stock went down on the Helsinki Stock Exchange today after news broke that the company is looking to buy Alcatel Lucent of France. While negotiations could always break down, Alcatel stock is up 12 percent in Paris now. And there are a few strands of American DNA in there. Lucent is descendent of the old AT&T, bell labs, the people who invented the laser. 

As Country Changes, Rubio, Republicans Try To Adjust

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:00

On gay rights and immigration, Republicans running for president, like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, are trying to navigate a tricky course between their party and the country at-large.

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Republicans Are Making Foreign Policy The Obamacare Of The 2016 Election

NPR News - Tue, 2015-04-14 01:00

The GOP still has the health care law in its sights, but now also promises to do away with Obama's opening to Cuba and nascent deal on nuclear development with Iran.

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Greece denies default accusations

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:54
Greece denies reports it is preparing to default on its loans if it cannot reach agreement on its bailout terms with international creditors.

Shop 'sold alcohol to 55 children'

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:50
A Newport newsagent could lose its licence over allegations it sold alcohol to 55 children aged as young as 11.

A warning on the bond market

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:49

The Fed came out with a warning this week about the bond market. Fed executive Vice President Simon Potter expressed concerns that extreme volatility like the October “flash crash” could become more common, perhaps the result of high frequency trading, or more surprisingly, too much regulation. Simon Potter doesn’t know exactly what caused the October spike. It could be because of high speed trading. Or because reforms enacted by regulators after the financial crisis, like increasing the amount of capital banks hold, could have unintentionally created more volatility.

The bond Flash Crash happened past October, actually wasn’t a crash at all, it was the opposite, a spike. In a 15 minute period, the yield on the 10-year treasury jumped more than two percent, which may not sound like a lot, but statistically speaking it was a price swing that should only happen once every 1.6 billion years.

Duggan apologises for Van Gaal photo

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:46
Manchester City striker Toni Duggan apologises for an "error of judgement" after posing for a photograph with Louis van Gaal.

UK inflation rate remains at zero

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:31
UK's inflation rate remained at zero last month, official figures show

Missing girl, 12, seen with stranger

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:27
Detectives searching for a missing London schoolgirl release a CCTV image of her with a unknown man on a city street.

VIDEO: Fire crews trained to rescue animals

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:27
Firefighters across the UK are being trained to cope with large animals that have got into difficulty, as Sian Lloyd reports.

Japan court blocks nuclear restart

BBC - Tue, 2015-04-14 00:26
A Japanese court blocks the restart of two nuclear reactors in the western city of Takahama after locals raise safety concerns.

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