Hatchanimals? What’s the damage?

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Hatchimals was dubbed the hottest toy of 2016. So, what are they and why are they in the news? Questions: 1. What does the class action lawsuit allege? 2. Where was the lawsuit filed? 3. What do you think your damages would be for this type of suit? Please speculate and discuss. Source: Shen, L…. Read more »

Super Bowl Ads! Worth it?

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The questions asked each year are whether Super Bowl advertising is worth it and what the network is charging. This year Fox charged $5 million for a 30-second spot, last year CBS charged about the same, and Comcast NBC charged about $4.5 million for a 30-second spot. Questions: 1. How much is the per second… Read more »

The Dizzying Student Loan Game

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The Feds claim that the nation’s largest student loan servicer gave rushed and costly advice. Questions: 1. What is the amount or size of the U.S. government’s student loan program in dollars? 2. What is Navient? 3. How would you describe the structure of Student loan servicing? 4. What are some of the claims about… Read more »

Snags at Starbucks

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At Starbucks, customers are now able to order and pay for coffee via their phones, so many of them now head directly to the part of the cafe where beverages are handed out. Various snags contributed to company’s lower-than-expected sales and the coffee giant is working to correct problem, according to its Chief Operating Officer…. Read more »

May all your Wishes Come true!

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Donald Trump met with Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son and soon news of 30,000 to 50,000 new U.S. manufacturing jobs were part of Trump’s boasts. Now Taiwanese manufacturer, Foxconn, appears to be reneging on claims that it is preparing to build a $7 billion factory in the U.S. Questions: 1. How did Foxconn’s chief executive officer,… Read more »

No more breakfast!

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All-day breakfast is beginning to lose its novelty for McDonald’s Corp. Questions: 1. What happened to last quarter’s domestic same-store sales? 2. In your opinion, what will be McDonald’s next big source of growth? 3. Are the profit potentials the same for McDonald’s globally? Explain. Source: Giammona, C. (2017). McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Push No Longer… Read more »

What will be the distributional consequences of this tax overhaul?

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According to Neil Irwin, our current tax system is infinitely complicated and it gives companies incentives to borrow too much money and move operations to countries with lower tax rates. With the House, Senate and presidency all soon to be in Republican hands and with all agreeing that a major tax bill is a top… Read more »

Japan Wants Its Overworked Citizens to Start Having Fun by Getting off of Work on the Weekends at an Earlier Time

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Japan is the country that coined the word “karoshi,” or death by overwork. Now it wants companies to let workers finish early on the last Friday of every month, go out and have some fun. Questions: 1. What will this government campaign be called and when does it start? 2. How is this move expected… Read more »

Who’s Scrooge this year? Ba-Humbug!

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According to the Washington Post, who sources Senate staffers, the Treasury Department refuses to stop forcing permanently disabled people to pay taxes on student loans that have been canceled, leaving a vulnerable population susceptible to thousands of dollars in charges. Questions: 1. What is the financial problem associated with each dollar forgiven? 2. What is… Read more »

China Crash?

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In China, outstanding loans have risen sharply to 40% of GDP but analysts fear the end of the credit binge could trigger a crisis for the wider world. Questions: 1. How fast has the debt per household risen over the last 5 years? 2. What is the Chinese household debt ratio compared to other countries?… Read more »