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Marketplace for Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015
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Marketplace for Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015

The Avengers' best superpower might be merchandising

May 4, 2015
Edmund Morris

Sales of "Avengers" merchandise lept from $325 million in 2013 to over $1 billion in 2014. Marketing licensed products to adults is responsible for a big chunk of that.

Amy Scott

Luis Romero has taken so many Advanced Placement courses, he can barely remember them all. AP Computer Science, Human Geography, U.S. Government, World History — the list goes on.

He may sound like a “typical” teenager in a “typical” high-achieving high school, but not that long ago, Romero would have stood out at North County High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland, a diverse school in a working-class suburb of Baltimore.

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Inside the weird world of podcast advertising

May 1, 2015
Stan Alcorn

This story was produced in collaboration with FiveThirtyEight.

The most listened-to podcasts come mostly from public radio: "Serial," "Invisibilia," "This American Life." But the ads? 

"Many of our advertisers are the same ones that you hear on Howard Stern," says Lex Friedman, who heads up ad sales at Midroll. "Literally, you hear Casper mattresses and Audible and Squarespace and ZipRecruiter." 

Marketplace for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Apr 30, 2015
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The NFL draft comes to Chicago

Apr 30, 2015

On Thursday, Chi-Town becomes Draft Town — the NFL Draft, that is.

It’s the first time since 1964 the draft has been anywhere other than New York, and Chicago officials are ecstatic to host the three-day “fan festival." The city won its bid to host this year’s NFL draft, and it's going big.

There’ll be football clinics for kids, a replica of an NFL locker room, and Buckingham Fountain will reflect team colors during the draft. Over the top?

Ben Bernanke joins Pimco

Apr 30, 2015
Annie Baxter

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has scored his second advisory gig in the past month. He recently announced he’d advise hedge Citadel LLC. Now he’ll also offer his economic expertise to money management giant Pacific Investment Management Company, or Pimco.

It manages about $1.6 trillion in assets for public and private retirement plans, among other customers.  

Bernanke will advise Pimco following a period of turmoil at the firm. Investors pulled money from Pimco funds after co-founder Bill Gross left last year.

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