Alarm about Crypto Move into Banking

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According to the New York Times, with more companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts Washington is worried about how this might disrupt the banking industry with a lack of regulations. Questions: Which company was mentioned in the article as aspiring to be the J.P. Morgan Chase of cryptocurrency? What crypto platform temporarily lost… Read more »

Earnings Numbers Useless?

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In a recent article in Accounting Today, Baruch Lev discusses the poor quality and low relevance of corporate financial statements due to “a sad state of accounting standards.” Questions: Briefly list the three suggestions presented by Baruch Lev meaningful new agendas for accounting regulators. What examples does Professor Lev present as supporting the U.S. accounting… Read more »

Theranos Scandal Story Continues

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While speaking with four former Theranos employees about the upcoming trial of embattled CEO Elizabeth Holmes, CNBC found the former employees want the trial to be over and still fear retribution. Questions: What was Micah Nies’ position at Theranos? Do the former employees think Holmes will be found guilty? Why? What red flags of the… Read more »

Marcum’s new audit analytics product

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According to Accounting Today, Marcum’s technology arm has released a new data analytics product for audits. Questions: What is the product called? How will it help auditors? Give examples. How can it help clients? Give examples. Will it eliminate the need for auditors or accountants? Explain its costs/benefits for future firm interactions. Source: Arrowsmith, R…. Read more »

EY’s creative center for creativity

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According to Accounting Today, Ernst and Young (EY) has opened Wavespace and Studio locations in Chicago. These are places where EY staff and clients can come together to solve business challenges, design new products and solutions, and create complex tech projects to improve client businesses. Questions: Will the center be manned by accountants? What is… Read more »

Free Housing from Airbnb

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Vacation rental company, Airbnb, said that it would begin offering free accommodation around the world to some 20,000 refugees forced to flee Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s rapid rise to power. Questions: How does the company plan to cover the costs of the initiative? By how much did the European Union indicate that it would increase… Read more »

A Valuable Mineral for Electric Vehicles

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As the first new large-scale lithium mine in the United States in more than a decade is preparing for blasting in Nevada, the project, known as Lithium Americas, is in the courts and has drawn protests from members of a Native American tribe, ranchers and environmental groups. Questions List the bullet point objections to the… Read more »

Milkshake woes for McDonalds

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According to The Guardian, milkshakes are off the menu at McDonald’s in England, Scotland and Wales. Questions: Why are milkshakes off the menu at McDonald’s in England, Scotland, and Wales? What are lorry drivers? What other restaurants and sectors mentioned in the article are having the same types of problems? If there is a shortage… Read more »

Do you want buy some popcorn with that?

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According to the Washington Post, AMC will allow customers to pay for popcorn and movie tickets with bitcoin by the end of the year. Questions: What has happened to AMC’s stock price since the first of the year? As of this week, how many AMC movie tickets could be bought with a single bitcoin? AMC… Read more »

A View About the Pandemic Profits of Accounting Firms and the Road Ahead

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According to Greg Barber, Founder of G. Barber Advisory LLC, surprising levels of profitability since the pandemic hit need to be carefully scrutinized for concerns that still affect all CPA firms. Questions: What four pre-pandemic issues/concerns are still lurking for accounting firms? What two issues should drive significant change? What advice by John Kotter should… Read more »