Stock Buybacks are Eating our Lunch!

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According to The Atlantic, a new report finds that big companies could have given their workers thousands of dollars’ worth of raises with the money they spent on their own shares. Questions: 1. Where is money pulled away from when companies use it to buy back stock? 2. Which industries were part of the study?… Read more »

A long-term strategy for electric scooter travel

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According to Axios, Uber is planning a shift in emphasis from cars to electric bicycles and scooters for shorter journeys. Questions: 1. What was the company that Uber acquired? 2. What were Uber’s losses last year? 3. How much did Uber pay for the electric bike-sharing company? 4. What types of risks do you anticipate… Read more »

Worse Than We Imagined!

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the typical student borrower will take out $6,600 in a single year, averaging $22,000 in debt by graduation. Questions: 1. Of borrowers who started repaying in 2012, how many had defaulted by 3 years later? 2. By year 5, how many students default? 3. Collectively, how much… Read more »

Research shows rich people are more likely to lie, cheat, and steal

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Questions: 1. What did you think was the most interesting thing that Keltner and Piff found out as part of their experiments? 2. Why should we care about the ethics of wealthy people? 3. According to the article, what does power lead to? 4. In your opinion, what was the most remarkable point made in… Read more »

Wage Stagnation and Fast-Food Workers: No-Poach Clauses

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According to the New York Times, attorneys general in 10 states are moving to investigate whether a clause in fast-food franchise agreements is preventing workers from switching jobs and, therefore, locking them into low-paying positions and, some economists say, contributing to widespread wage stagnation in the United States. Questions: 1. Briefly explain how these clauses… Read more »

Bad Way to Encourage People to Use Self-checkout Lines

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This article discusses how many companies are employing aggressive legal tactics and taking advantage of loosely written state laws, to push for restitution even when people have not been convicted of wrongdoing. Questions: 1. How much does shoplifting cost stores each year? 2. What happens in many states to payments made to retailers before court… Read more »

The Fastest Growing Retailer in America: Where Wal-Mart Will Not Tread!

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According to this article, Dollar General, the fastest-growing retailer in America, is blasting across Middle America opening stores at the rate of three a day in failing towns that Wal-Mart won’t go to. Questions: 1. What is the claim that Dollar General makes about its stores and the population that surround them? 2. What are… Read more »

Big Deal!

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Emergent BioSolutions, a Maryland-based pharmaceutical company that provides infectious-disease vaccines for the U.S. government, is about to add cholera and typhoid vaccines to its arsenal of preventives. Questions: 1. What is Emergent’s link to the defense contracting market? 2. According to the article, briefly describe Emergent’s corporate history. 3. What health issues does the PaxVax… Read more »

Yet another warning!

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In a new study from the University of Toledo, researchers found that an increase in exposure to blue light can accelerate blindness. Questions: 1. How does this mechanism work? 2. Does your cell phone have blue light? How many devices do you have or use, which have blue lights? 3. What suggestions does the article… Read more »

Apple – How High Can You Go?

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Apple made history this week by becoming the first $1 trillion publicly traded U.S. corporation on Thursday. Questions: 1. How many years has it been since the 1st company became a $1 billion U.S. corporation? 2. What company was the first $1 billion U.S. corporation? 3. What companies are close behind Apple’s $1 trillion? 4…. Read more »