Slippery Slope or A Good Option for Turbulent Times?

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According to the Washington Post, shoppers who use pay-later options tend to spend more and buy more frequently than those who do not. Questions: How much are these buy-now, pay-later services going to grow by 2025? What national chains now have bi-weekly arrangements with customers for everyday purchases? Why are consumer protection experts warning against… Read more »

Are You Paying Hidden Covid Fees?

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According to the Washington Post, businesses across the country may be charging you undisclosed COVID fees. Questions: Consumers in how many states have filed complaints with state attorneys general offices regarding undisclosed COVID-related surcharges? What are these surcharges typically for? What types of businesses are the worst offenders? What measures are health insurance providers taking… Read more »

An Update to Walmart’s Pledge to Fight Systemic Racism

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In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Walmart pledged to contribute $100 million over 5 years to fight systemic racism. Today, the company reported on its progress. Questions: How much will Walmart and its foundation distribute to 16 nonprofit organizations in its current contribution? Who did Walmart ask to lead the company’s Center for… Read more »

Investigation into the Appearance of Wrongdoing

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A finding that Leon Black, the billionaire boss of Apollo Global Management, paid the convicted sex offender $150 million. This touched off an attempt to remove him. Questions: What is Apollo Global Management? Who tried to unseat Leon Black as CEO? What act of contrition does Black plan for his role in giving money to… Read more »

Not a Greek Salad

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According to the New York Times, Taboola, a company with catchy clickbait links, previously planned to merge with its chief rival. Now it plans to go public on its own. Questions: When do companies advertising through Taboola pay? What is the Taboola platform described as? What are the concerns that Taboola has in common with… Read more »

Total – French Oil Giant Quits American Petroleum Institute (API)

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According to the Washington Post, Total is the first major petroleum company to leave the influential trade group, the American Petroleum Institute (API). Question: Why did Total leave the influential API trade group?’ What other oil companies have left trade groups? Name the trade groups and companies. How much has Total invested in the U.S…. Read more »

Dollar General Pays Employees to Get COVID vaccination

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According to the Washington Post, Dollar General workers who get the COVID vaccine will be rewarded with four hours of pay. This makes the company one of the first major retailers to incentivize inoculations for its workforce. Questions: What is the base rate for Dollar General workers? What barrier does the company hope to break down… Read more »

New IRS tax law focuses on top paid coaches

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According to Accounting Today, highly paid college sports coaches (and some hospital executives) are are targets of a 21 percent excise tax by the IRS if these nonprofit employees receive $1 million or more in salary. Questions: What is the big loophole in the law? Who pays the tax? Employee or nonprofit organization? What is… Read more »

Watch this FDIC development

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According to Bloomberg, Amazon, Facebook, Walmart and other corporate giants may soon give Wall Street a run for its money as a key U.S. regulator smooths the path for nonbanks to get into lending. Questions: Why is the banking industry against this? List at least two reasons. What is the loophole that the article talks… Read more »

China’s New Tough Stance on Tech

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According to the New York Times, despite the fact that Jack Ma and other entrepreneurs have prospered under Beijing’s laissez-faire attitude toward the business side of the internet, new investigations by China’s authoritarian government indicate that the dynamic is shifting as the companies have grown in power. Questions: What is the investigation into Alibaba about?… Read more »