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 »

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 »

The Battle of Big Tech in North Dakota

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According to The New York Times, North Dakota is part of a new front in the battle over Big Tech and its power.  Questions\ According to the article, what particular practices of Apple and Google do the provisions of the North Dakota bill focus on? Why, if the bill fails in North Dakota, will Apple… Read more »

Tesla Invests in BitCoin

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According to the Washington Post and an SEC report, Tesla has invested  $1.5 billion in bitcoin and plans to start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment in the near future. Questions: As a result of Tesla’s announcement, what happened to the price of bitcoins? Alternatively, did Tesla show as much movement? How does the price of… Read more »

Slippery Slope or A Good Option for Turbulent Times?

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According to the Washington Post, shoppers who use pay-later options tend to spend more and buy more frequently than those who do not. Questions: How much are these buy-now, pay-later services going to grow by 2025? What national chains now have bi-weekly arrangements with customers for everyday purchases? Why are consumer protection experts warning against… Read more »

Are You Paying Hidden Covid Fees?

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According to the Washington Post, businesses across the country may be charging you undisclosed COVID fees. Questions: Consumers in how many states have filed complaints with state attorneys general offices regarding undisclosed COVID-related surcharges? What are these surcharges typically for? What types of businesses are the worst offenders? What measures are health insurance providers taking… Read more »