What’s Degree Inflation?

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According to Axios and a new report out by Harvard, a growing number of U.S. employers are requiring bachelor’s degrees for jobs that have long been performed by workers without them. This is contributing to a rise in income inequality through “degree inflation.” Questions: 1. Why does this matter? 2. What are the costs of… Read more »

A New Service from Amazon

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According to Reuters, Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, announced the premier of Amazon Key – a lock and camera system that users control remotely to let delivery associates slip goods into their houses. Questions: 1. What will be the cost? 2. How do you maintain privacy? 3. What is Wal-Mart testing that is a… Read more »

Navient – Student Loan Corp. Look Out!

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The call has gone out for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate possible insider trading of shares of student loan company Navient Corporation. Questions: 1. Who has asked the SEC to do this? 2. Why do the Senators suspect this? 3. What are the implications of the details surrounding the trades? Source: Nasiripour,… Read more »

The GE Plunge

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General Electric Co.’s stock has tumbled the most it has seen in six years. This is due to a deteriorating outlook stoked by fears that the company will cut its dividend for only the second time since the Great Depression. Questions: 1.What is causing the drop, according to Jeff Windau, an analyst at Edward Jones?… Read more »

Hong Kong’s Duty

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According to Bloomberg, even though Hong Kong’s stock market hit record highs this month, the turnover is too low. Now the exchange operator is considering asking the government to remove or reduce a tax on stock transactions. Questions: 1. What is the current stamp duty on both sides of the trade and what does that… Read more »

Sifting through the numbers

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According to Bloomberg.com, General Electric (GE) Co.’s last quarter earnings were 28 cents a share. They were also 13 cents a share, 19 cents a share and 15 cents a share — all at the same time. How can this be? Questions: 1. What do the numbers include or exclude? 2. What are the new… Read more »

Change Afoot?

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According to the Guardian, fathers and adoptive parents are demanding more paid family leave similar to that paid to new moms. Executives were confronted at the annual meeting of Starbucks shareholders in March by a barista claiming unequal family leave for some. Questions: 1.What group is going to pressure the company to be more equal… Read more »

Has your credit information been stolen?

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As you probably already have heard, Equifax, one of three major credit reporting agencies, revealed that highly sensitive personal and financial information for around 143 million U.S. consumers was compromised in a cybersecurity breach that began in late spring. Later we learned of a second breach, that included about 100,000 Canadians and up to half… Read more »

More Blues for College Borrowers in the For-Profit College Environment

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According to the Associated Press, tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness. Questions: 1. Why is the Department of Education sitting on the claims? How many claims are there? 2. Who has… Read more »

Is this fraud?

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According to Bloomberg, “CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. were sued by California customers who accused the drugstore operators of charging co-payments for certain prescription drugs that exceed the cost of medicines.” Questions: 1. What do Schultz’s and Grabstulz’s lawsuits claim in specific terms? 2. Cases have also been filed against which health… Read more »