Really?

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Commonly called “pay-to-stay” or “private jail,” at least 26 jails in Los Angeles and Orange counties are opening their doors to defendants who can afford the option. This is evolving into a two-tiered justice system that allows people convicted of serious crimes to buy their way into safer and more comfortable jail stays. Questions: 1…. Read more »

Investing In the Name of Christian Values?

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Two new exchange-traded funds offer a “biblically responsible” investing approach by explicitly saying in their regulatory filing that they will avoid buying shares in companies that have “any degree of participation in activities that do not align with biblical values.” According to the New York Times, this includes what they call the lesbian, gay, bisexual… Read more »

From White House to the Big House?

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It was only a week ago that President Donald Trump was praising Caterpillar Co. for producing such great bulldozers, as he met with company Chairman Doug Oberhelman at the White House. Less than a week later, officials from the Commerce Department, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Illinois State Police moved in and… Read more »

More Bad Uber Press

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According to the New York Times, over the last several years, Uber has engaged in a worldwide program of deceit aimed at keeping authorities in the dark regarding markets where the low-cost ride-hailing service violated regulations or avoided laws. This has occurred through actually banning ridership for authorities. Questions: 1. How did they accomplish this… Read more »

Who is watching you and why?

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A number of companies have entered living rooms in recent years, emerging with new, granular ways for marketers to understand how people are watching television and, in particular, commercials. Questions: 1. Why has the appeal of this information increased? 2. How do they do this? 3. How much do companies spend on TV ads in… Read more »

If you have no credit score, is that a good thing?

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According to the New York Times, about 45 million Americans lack traditional credit files. Now the federal government is investigating whether alternative credit scoring models could bring more of these consumers into the financial mainstream. Questions: 1. Which agency of the government is interested in the phenomenon of using alternative credit data? 2. Who created… Read more »

Helping with the Rent?

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Almost half of people in their early 20s have a secret, one they don’t usually share even with friends: Their parents help them pay the rent. Questions: 1. What is the average amount that about 40% of 22, 23, and 24 year-olds receive from their parents, to help with the rent? 2. How do career… Read more »

Election Day A Holiday?

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According to this article, lawmakers in California have introduced a bill into the State Assembly aimed at increasing voter turnout by making Election Day a paid holiday. Questions: 1. What would be the costs of this bill? Also provide any accounting journal entries that might be required. 2. What would be the benefits of this… Read more »

Denied Healthcare Coverage? Maybe you should check with your FitBit?

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Healthcare companies have increasingly offered cash promotions and discounts to users who provide their Fitbit data. But could this be used by insurers rather than to improve customer health? Questions: 1. In what types of negative ways could this data be used, according to the article? 2. What issues in Congress could promote the negative… Read more »

Who is watching the watchers?

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According to the FTC, Vizio used 11 million televisions to spy on its customers. The television maker agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a case with the FTC and the New Jersey attorney general’s office after the agencies accused it of secretly collecting — and selling — data about its customers’ locations, demographics and… Read more »