Honest Valuation

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According to the New York Times, Honest Company hired Morgan Stanley and Jefferies to run a sale process, with the hopes of valuing the company at more than $1 billion. Questions: What type of business is Honest Company? Why do they say in the article that the valuation the Honest Company will be a test of its turnaround? What does… Read more »

Google and New Mexico

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According to the New York Times, a federal lawsuit against Google for violation of child online privacy was dismissed. Questions: Why was the lawsuit dismissed? What Act did New Mexico fail to prove violation by Google? What was the issue that brought the case to course? Source:https://youtu.be/vFC6sjVVst0 Wakabayashi, D. (2020). New Mexico’s privacy lawsuit against… Read more »

United Airlines’ Collective Sacrifice

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According to the New York Times, members of the United Airlines pilots’ union agreed to a collective sacrifice to prevent the airline’s 13,000 pilots from being furloughed until June 2021. Questions: As a contract agreement looms, how many jobs are United Airlines and its pilots’ union planning to save? How much money did the passenger… Read more »

Brave New World: What Will We Lose?

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According to this article, there are 9 everyday experiences that we may not see again. Questions: What are these 9 experiences? Are any of these experiences economically essential? Explain. Which experience do you least agree with as being extinct? Why? Which experience would you add to this list? Source: Pincus-Roth, Z. (2020). 9 everyday experiences… Read more »

Hedge Funds Feed off of the Troubles at Malls

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According to the New York Times, as the COVID pandemic accelerates the demise of some brick-and-mortar retailers, hedge fund investors profit handsomely. Questions: Who was Catie McKee, hedge fund analyst talking to last October about her investment strategy? How much did the investor(s) make for the trade within Ms. McKee’s firm that more than doubled… Read more »

Kellogg’s Big Investment

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Since Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s already sends a huge number of its MBAs into technology fields, it is investing even more in tech as a future home for its graduates.   Questions: What percentage of Northwestern Kellogg’s MBA Class of 2019 went into jobs in the tech industry? What is Northwestern’s current popular program even… Read more »

Over-Worked and Under-Appreciated

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According to the Washington Post, grocery workers across the country say morale is crushingly low as the pandemic wears on with no end in sight. Questions: Why do grocery workers feel a renewed sense of expendability? Why do grocery workers feel like this is a dead end job? What was different in March and April… Read more »

Sometimes Things Don’t End Up the Way they are Planned

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According to the New York Times, Delta Airline’s foray into oil refining in 2012 illustrates some of the reasons that the business was in trouble even before the pandemic. Questions: What was the bold experiment that Delta Air tried? What were the flaws in Delta’s strategy? What is the most immediate concern of the refinery… Read more »

Golden Arches wants their Money Back

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According to the Washington Post, McDonald’s,the fast-food giant claims Steve Easterbrook, whose severance package is said to be worth $42 million, destroyed a paper trail of his “inappropriate personal behavior.” Questions: What did Mr. Easterbrook cover up? Why did the company reopen the firing case back up in July? How did the company find out… Read more »

SEC Looks at Unusual Transactions

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The Securities and Exchange Commission launched a probe of circumstances surrounding Eastman Kodak (KODK) and a $765 million government loan it received last week to make pharmaceutical ingredients at its U.S. facilities. Questions: What happened to Kodak stock between the announcement of its government loan to make pharmaceutical ingredients and the announcement of the SEC probe? Which… Read more »