$12 per hour Employees fight back!

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Two former Wells Fargo & Co employees have filed a class action in California seeking $2.6 billion or more for workers who tried to meet aggressive sales quotas without engaging in fraud and were later demoted, forced to resign or fired. Questions: 1. Over what period of employment will the class action lawsuit cover? 2…. Read more »

Deutsche Bank Shares Drop

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Deutsche Bank’s shares hit a record low, but Germany’s largest lender said there is no reason to get the German government’s help in settling claims of $14 billion with the U.S. Justice Department (DoJ). Questions: 1. What is the record low price of shares of Deutsche Bank? 2. What is a summary of the lender’s… Read more »

A new “capital” buffer

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According to Reuters, the Federal Reserve will seek significantly more capital from the largest U.S. banks and give some relief to smaller banks as it considers reforms to its annual ‘stress test. Questions: 1. What is a stress test? 2. How will the proposed reforms mean different things depending on the size of the bank?… Read more »

High-end Cards

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is generating product hysteria at its finest. Questions: 1. How does this Chase card compare to the American Express’s Platinum charge card? 2. What are the options that provide the secret to its popularity? 3. Perform a cost benefit analysis on this card. What would make you get one? Source:… Read more »

Did Tesla fail drivers or did drivers fail Tesla?

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In the wake of the fatality, Tesla has said that Autopilot is not meant to take over completely for a human driver. Questions: 1. What was the failure for Tesla, if any? What new measures is Tesla implementing? 2. What future plans do other automobile makers have for this technology? 3. Based on the science,… Read more »

Prepaid Card Scrutiny – No more “under the radar”?

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When prepaid cards started out, they were basically simple gift cards from retail stores. Since that time they have become popular financial-management tools, rivaling bank checking accounts. Because of this, regulators have plans this fall to bring the sector under greater scrutiny. Questions: 1. How much is expected to be loaded on prepaid cards this… Read more »

Solidarity Forever!

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Reversing a landmark ruling from the George W. Bush era, the National Labor Relations Board ruled today that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities have the right to form labor unions. Questions: 1. Where did the original case take place? 2. What universities are excluded from the ruling and… Read more »

Here’s the money. Do you want it?

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According to this article, Ireland doesn’t want Apple’s billions. Instead, the Irish government is appealing Europe’s tax ruling, a move that is exposing a rift in a country still feeling the aftershocks from years of harsh cutbacks. Questions: 1. What is your opinion of the politically motivated defense? 2. Would you consider Ireland to be… Read more »

You Got Caught! Unauthorized!

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According to The Guardian, Wells Fargo will pay $185m in a settlement over illegal sales practices that included the opening of unauthorized duplicate accounts and credit cards by employees in order to meet sales quotas. Questions: 1. What does the settlement include? 2. Over what period did this take place? 3. Which agency took action… Read more »

Apple and Taxing Issues!

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This week, the European Union (E.U.) ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes from Apple. According to Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s commissioner for competition, Apple’s illegal deals with the Irish government allowed the company to funnel profit from two Irish subsidiaries to a “head office” with “no employees, no premises, no real… Read more »