A New Owner?

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According to the New York Times, a New York hedge fund Alden Global Capital may have to fend off a new suitor for Tribune Publishing that owns major metropolitan dailies across the country, including The Chicago Tribune, The Daily News and The Baltimore Sun. Questions Who is the group that may want to control Tribune… Read more »

What’s an NFT?

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According to the Washington Post,  a digital collage of hundreds of weird, brightly colored images made by a South Carolina artist known as Beeple sold at the prestigious Christie’s auction for $69.3 million.  Questions: How does this rank among the highest paid art pieces at auction? What is the collage called? What is an NFT?… Read more »

SEC moves toward ESG disclosure enforcement

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According to Accounting Today, the SEC has formed a Climate and ESG Task Force in its enforcement division to identify misconduct in environmental, social and governance reporting. Questions: How are accounting firms putting more emphasis on ESG issues? What initiatives are taking place in the area of standard setting? What has a recent study found… Read more »

Snowbirds are not the only ones seeking the sun!

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According to Forbes, firms are leaving California and New York in droves and opting for Florida, where the weather is warmer and taxes are lower. Questions: What are some of the factors leading to this super-charged Florida boom? What specific factors are associated with high density states like New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, and… Read more »

Box Office looking up!

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According to CNBC.com, ticket sales have been accelerating, inspiring some studios to move up the release dates of blockbuster films to earlier in the year. Questions: How does the current box office sales compare with the period before COVID closed down the economy? What percentage of North American theaters are now open? What is the… Read more »

Debt backed by Frequent Flyer Programs

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According to CNBC, American Airlines is planning to issue $5 billion in bonds and seek a $2.5 billion loan backed by its frequent flyer program to pay back some of its debt used to help survive during the COVID crisis. Questions: How do airlines make money from their frequent flyer programs? What is the loan… Read more »

The Next Name Change?

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According to the Washington Post, after more than 45 years, the Cherokee Nation is asking Jeep to rename its top-selling Cherokee and Grand Cherokee vehicles before the next release. Questions: What other name changes have been requested for popular products? What brought about this movement in consumer goods and services? Was a name other than… Read more »

More about the “Make Amazon Pay” coalition

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According to the New York Times, Amazon surpasses all largest private employers in adding the number of workers in a single year. Despite this, the costs to workers is not covered by the online giant. Questions: Why does the article claim that health benefits and a 401(k) is not enough to compensate employees? Why was… Read more »

Is the Power of Boredom Reshaping our Economy?

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According to the New York Times, due to the pandemic, tedium is reshaping what people buy and how productive they are. Questions: What are some of the economic consequences of the pandemic that are noted in the article? The author of this article describes the pandemic as producing a collective sense of ennui. Define the… Read more »