Big Shakeup!

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The Securities and Exchange Commission abruptly removed William Duhnke as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.  Questions: According to the new chair, what does this firing report to do? Why has the PCAOB come under recent scrutiny? How long has Duhnke been chair? According to the article, why shouldn’t PCAOB members be replaced… Read more »

For Sale: The Lease to the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C.

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According to the Washington Post, Donald Trump’s company will again try to sell the lease for the D.C. hotel. Questions: What event prevented an attempt to unload the property the first time? According to Trump disclosure forms, how much did the revenue for the hotel drop last year? What has been the average recent occupancy… Read more »

Drilling Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Suspended

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According to the New York Times, the Biden administration suspended oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, unspooling a signature achievement of the Trump presidency and delivering on a promise by President Biden to protect the fragile Alaskan tundra from fossil fuel extraction. Questions: How much oil is estimated to lie in this… Read more »

An Attack on the Wallets of Meatlovers

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Four weeks after the Russian hack on Colonial Pipelines, the world’s largest beef supplier has been hit with a ransomware attack, threatening some of the U.S. meat supply. Questions: Who is the company and how many facilities do they maintain? How much was paid to Russian hackers from Colonial Pipelines? What might be the effect… Read more »

Chip Shortage Means Much Lower Revenues

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According to Reuters, the shortfall in revenue for automakers due to a chip shortage is worse than anticipated. Questions: What was the original revenue shortfall estimate for automakers due to a chip shortage? To what amount this revenue shortfall estimate increased? How many vehicles will this impact? How does this article explain the change in… Read more »

One of the First Major Companies to Mandate

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According to Reuters, Delta Air Lines will require all new hires in the United States to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Questions: Does the requirement affect current employees? What will be the restriction for employees that are not vaccinated? How do you believe that this requirement will affect Delta’s bottom line? Discuss your thought concerning this policy…. Read more »

Hiring With Higher Wages

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McDonald’s is raising the hourly wages for its U.S. company-owned restaurants by an average of 10%. Questions: With this new raise at company-owned restaurants, how many workers does McDonald’s purpose to hire? With respect to the restaurant business, in general, why is McDonald’s doing this? What other fast-food restaurant, mentioned in the article and video,… Read more »

Cyberattack!

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According to the Washington Post, the Colonial Pipeline system fuels a significant amount of the east coast’s gas supply. A recent cyberattack halted the supplier and led to panic purchases and price spikes. Questions: Where were the highest rates of service station outages? Besides being a cyberattack, what were other characteristics of the attack? How… Read more »

Sixteen States Whipsawed by the Pandemic

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According to the New York Times, new claims for unemployment benefits are inching down and a growing number of Republican governors around the country have announced that they are withdrawing from an array of federal pandemic-related jobless benefits. Questions: Based on this withdrawal, how many workers will lose jobless claims and over what period? What… Read more »

The Chip Supply Chain: Addressing the Shortage

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No, it’s not Chips A’Hoy! According to Reuters, U.S. President Joe Biden met with executives from major companies on Monday to discuss the global chip shortage that has severely hurt U.S. automakers and spurred Intel Corp to announce it plans to make chips for car plants at its factories in the next six to nine… Read more »