Unionization Cost Raises at Starbucks?

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According to the Washington Post, Starbucks illegally withheld wages and benefits from thousands of unionized baristas, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleged in a complaint Wednesday. Questions: How many Starbucks locations have voted to join the union? What does the NLRB seek as a result of the complaint? Explain the disparity in wages between… Read more »

Stocks extend Losses

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There has been a lot of market movement since Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech last Friday. Questions: What did Powell say about interest rates? 2. What did the article say that Powell’s speech is trying to remind people about? 3. How high do you think interest rates will be raised? 4. What do the… Read more »

Long Awaited Agreement is Only a First Step

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According to Thomson Reuters, the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on Aug. 26, 2022, finally signed an agreement with Chinese authorities that will allow the board to inspect and investigate audit firms based in China and Hong Kong whose clients trade on American exchanges. Questions: When will the PCAOB start inspections? What were… Read more »

A Lawsuit in U.S. District Court to Stop The Merger of Two of the Largest Publishers

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According to The New York Times, Steven King, well-known author, testified as a witness for the government in its lawsuit to stop the merger of two of the largest publishers. Questions: What is the amount of the proposed acquisition? Who are the two publishers and which one is acquiring the other in this consolidation? How… Read more »

Roth IRAs for Children

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According to IRS rules, there is no minimum age to open a Roth IRA as long as certain rules are met. Questions: What is probably the most important rule for children to meet? What are some other Roth IRA rules? Does money for a Roth have to come directly from your child’s pocket? What if… Read more »

Largest Penalty Fine Ever by the SEC for Ernst &Young (EY) Cheating

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According to the New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said the cheating involved hundreds of EY’s workers from 2017 to 2021, resulted in the largest penalty ever imposed by the agency against an auditing firm. Questions: What amount was the fine imposed by U.S. securities regulators? What were the three (3) charges… Read more »

Trouble Ahead? Bad Economic Week

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Are we headed for a recession? Questions: What is the opinion of Goldman Sachs’ CEO? What did JPMorgan Chase’s CEO say? What did Elon Musk say? What is your opinion and why? Source: Mui, C. (2022). More than 60% of executives think a recession will hit soon, new survey finds. Fortune, June 17 (Retrievable online… Read more »

Attention Cryptocurrency Investors

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According to the New York Times, the fall in Bitcoin was accelerated in recent weeks by the collapse of two major cryptocurrency projects; this sows doubts about the stability of the overall cryptocurrency market. Questions: Bitcoin dropped below $20,000 this week. This is the first time since when? From March 2020 to November 2021, what… Read more »

Attention Zelle Users

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According to the New York Times, when customers say their money was stolen on Zelle, banks often refuse to pay. Questions: What is Zelle? What Federal Rule protects consumers in fraudulent electronic transfers of money? How much money was sent through Zelle and Venmo last year? What is Sim Swapping? What progress has been made… Read more »

Fraud and Money Laundering at the Lourve

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Former president and director of the Lourve from 2013 to 2021, Jean Luc Martinez, has been charged with fraud and money laundering in connection with Egyptian artifacts that were trafficked over the past decade. Questions: Under the French legal system, what is ahead for Mr. Martinez? What is Mr. Martinez’s current role? According to Le… Read more »