The Big Divide

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Men feel better about the economy than they have in over a decade. Women are far more skeptical. And the sharp divide has emerged since President Trump was elected two years ago. Questions: 1. What is the divide between men and women in terms of percentages that believe family finances had improved in the past… Read more »

The Fate of GE Dividends

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General Electric’s 119-year-old dividend is a source of pride inside this once-dependable company. Questions: 1. Why is a dividend cut expected? 2. What is the estimate of how much might be cut? 3. Even with the cut, the dividend is expected to do what to GE’s financials? Source: Egan, M. (2018). GE’s 119-year-old dividend is… Read more »

Food Fight

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To keep Amazon at bay and remain the world’s biggest retailer, Walmart is ramping up its groceries and buying trendy digital brands. The retail giant is also redesigning its stores and building up online assets. Questions: 1. What are signs that the plan is working? 2. What is the proximity of most Americans to a… Read more »

Climate Change means Beer Shortage

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In a new report, the prediction is that beer could become more scarce worldwide over the next few decades. Questions: 1. Why will beer become more scarce? 2. Beer shortages could reduce the amount Americans consume each year by how much? 3. What is the prediction about beer prices? Rice, D. (2018) Suds shortage? Warming… Read more »

Yum, yum, eat ’em up!

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New survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 36.6% of us eat some kind of fast food on any given day. That includes 37.9% of men and 35.4% of women, according to a report published Wednesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Questions: 1. What is the main… Read more »

Look at me! I’m only 6 and I have my own debit card!

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No cash for a child’s allowance. No worries. Now you can use a phone app to transfer it to their own prepaid debit card! Questions: 1. What are the latest offerings of cards and apps and how do they work? 2. What are some of the things that parents can use the prepaid debit apps… Read more »

Hey there, where’d you get the loot?

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A woman from Azerbaijan who spent 16 million pounds ($21 million) on jewelry, wine and other goods at luxury London department store Harrods over the course of a decade has become the first target of a new British rule allowing officials to seize money from people suspected of getting their wealth through corruption. Questions: 1…. Read more »

Amazon – Only the Best – Coming in stores near you!

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Amazon’s latest retail concept looks a lot like your online shopping cart brought to life. It’s a physical store that offers only products with high customer ratings, including non-Amazon-branded merchandise. Items must be a top seller, have a four-star rating or above, or be new and trending on Amazon.com. Questions: 1. How many brick-and-mortar bookstores… Read more »

Changes at GE

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GE was led for two decades by Jack Welch, the chief executive both feared and revered for his management discipline. In a surprise move and after only a year in the job of CEO, John Flannery was let go on Oct. 8 amid GE’s long period of stagnation. Questions: 1. In addition to firing the… Read more »

Tough Times for the IRS

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Audits and criminal referrals are down sharply by the IRS since Congress cut the tax agency’s budget and management changed priorities. Questions: 1. How many cases did the IRS’s criminal division bring last year? 2. How many cases did the IRS’s criminal division bring in 2010? 3. According to the IRS’s estimates, how much in… Read more »