Wall Street


Wed November 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Stocks Fall On 'Fiscal Cliff' Fears

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:02 pm

On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange this morning.
Allison Joyce Getty Images

On the day after voters returned President Obama to the White House and kept Democrats in control of the Senate and Republicans in control of the House:

"Investors pulled back sharply ... [amid] rising worries about the upcoming fiscal fight in Congress," The Wall Street Journal writes.

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Thu November 1, 2012
Planet Money

Photos: Halloween On Wall Street, 2012

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

Last night I decided to cross the Brooklyn Bridge and walk around the financial district, which still doesn't have power.

As I got closer, I saw downtown Manhattan almost entirely lit by headlights of passing cars.

The streets were empty. The Municipal Building had a gothic, Dark Knight vibe.

The New York Stock Exchange, which has been running on generator power, had some Halloween-themed lighting. But it felt more spooky than festive.

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Tue October 30, 2012
Around the Nation

Why Does The Stock Exchange Need A Trading Floor?

Originally published on Wed October 31, 2012 2:47 pm



Two straight days makes this the worst weather-related closure of the New York Stock Exchange since 1888. There was a monstrous snowstorm in March of that year, drifts of over 40 feet. You know what was also happening right about the same time? The American Arithmometer Company started up in St. Louis. It went on to sell the device that its founding Vice President William Seward Burroughs invented - the adding machine, which raises this question for me.

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Tue October 30, 2012
Planet Money

The Robots Haven't Taken Over The Stock Market (Yet)

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:04 am

Sandbags protect an entrance of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.
Richard Drew AP

Note: This story was originally published on Oct. 30. It was updated on Nov. 1 to include a radio version of the story.

The stock market, according to a popular narrative, is now just computers making superfast trades with other computers. Those pictures of traders getting emotional on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange are an anachronism. The real action flashes through fiber-optic cables headed for servers in places like Kansas City. It's algorithms all the way down.

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Wed October 24, 2012
Planet Money

Ask A Banker: Derivatives, Gambling And Getting Around Regulation

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 6:29 am

Paul Goyette Flickr

Hi! I am still here. I was once a banker and now I write for Dealbreaker and answer your questions about banking and whatnot. You can send questions to planetmoney@npr.org with "ask a banker" in the subject line, or ask on Twitter (@planetmoney).

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