Ransomware Update

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According to Techrepublic.com, cybercriminals have attacked hospitals and other healthcare organizations with double-extortion ransomware attacks during the COVID pandemic. Questions: What is a double-extortion ransomware attack and how many different ransomware variants are now using the double-extortion plot? Why are cybercriminals focusing on hospitals and other healthcare organizations with these even bolder types of attacks?… Read more »

Help is on the way for Student Loans!

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According to Benefits Pro, the American Rescue Plan just passed in Congress includes benefits for student loan borrowers and non-borrowers. Questions How do taxes impact student loan forgiveness? When colleges receive their allocations of the financial aid relief package, how should it be used? If you are a small business owner with a defaulted student… Read more »

Working Remotely Causes Tax Problems for Some

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According to the New York Times, workers may have to file more than one state tax return, and in certain situations they could end up owing taxes in both states. The details depend on your home state and what state you worked in during 2020. Questions: What type of rules apply? If you end up… Read more »

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‚Äôs 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 »