A new “capital” buffer

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According to Reuters, the Federal Reserve will seek significantly more capital from the largest U.S. banks and give some relief to smaller banks as it considers reforms to its annual ‘stress test. Questions: 1. What is a stress test? 2. How will the proposed reforms mean different things depending on the size of the bank?… Read more »

High-end Cards

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The Chase Sapphire Reserve card is generating product hysteria at its finest. Questions: 1. How does this Chase card compare to the American Express’s Platinum charge card? 2. What are the options that provide the secret to its popularity? 3. Perform a cost benefit analysis on this card. What would make you get one? Source:… Read more »

Did Tesla fail drivers or did drivers fail Tesla?

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In the wake of the fatality, Tesla has said that Autopilot is not meant to take over completely for a human driver. Questions: 1. What was the failure for Tesla, if any? What new measures is Tesla implementing? 2. What future plans do other automobile makers have for this technology? 3. Based on the science,… Read more »

Prepaid Card Scrutiny – No more “under the radar”?

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When prepaid cards started out, they were basically simple gift cards from retail stores. Since that time they have become popular financial-management tools, rivaling bank checking accounts. Because of this, regulators have plans this fall to bring the sector under greater scrutiny. Questions: 1. How much is expected to be loaded on prepaid cards this… Read more »

Solidarity Forever!

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Reversing a landmark ruling from the George W. Bush era, the National Labor Relations Board ruled today that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities have the right to form labor unions. Questions: 1. Where did the original case take place? 2. What universities are excluded from the ruling and… Read more »

Here’s the money. Do you want it?

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According to this article, Ireland doesn’t want Apple’s billions. Instead, the Irish government is appealing Europe’s tax ruling, a move that is exposing a rift in a country still feeling the aftershocks from years of harsh cutbacks. Questions: 1. What is your opinion of the politically motivated defense? 2. Would you consider Ireland to be… Read more »

You Got Caught! Unauthorized!

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According to The Guardian, Wells Fargo will pay $185m in a settlement over illegal sales practices that included the opening of unauthorized duplicate accounts and credit cards by employees in order to meet sales quotas. Questions: 1. What does the settlement include? 2. Over what period did this take place? 3. Which agency took action… Read more »

Ramen Noodles are the new Prison Currency!

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At some state prisons, budget cuts have led to a reduction in the caliber and total number of meals that prisoners receive, which means that the practical value of ramen noodles have skyrocketed in their value as contra ban. Questions: 1. According to the article, why don’t prisoners stock up on Ramen, since it commands… Read more »

Apple and Taxing Issues!

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This week, the European Union (E.U.) ordered Ireland to collect $14.5 billion in unpaid taxes from Apple. According to Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s commissioner for competition, Apple’s illegal deals with the Irish government allowed the company to funnel profit from two Irish subsidiaries to a “head office” with “no employees, no premises, no real… Read more »

Scamming taxpayers with an Act that prevents actions against misconduct?

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According to Business Insider, the Commerce Department’s Inspector General concluded that thousands of employees in the federal Patent and Trademark Office scammed taxpayers out of at least $18.3 million, probably a lot more, by falsely claiming nearly 289,000 hours of work they never put in. Questions: 1. What Act restricts federal officials from comparing multiple… Read more »