An interesting investing strategy

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As Business Insider notes, Goldman Sachs is saying that the wide valuation gap between cheap and expensive stocks could close shortly in favor of bargain hunters.  Questions: Why are investors reassessing the dynamics of value investing (or the strategy of buying stocks that are trading cheaply relative to the broader market)? According to Goldman equity analysts, how… Read more »

Ad-Tech Companies to chase big OTT dollars

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According to Business Insider, a cottage industry of companies has sprung up to grab a piece of the revenue flowing to over the top (or OTT) advertising. OTT refers to film and television content provided via a high-speed Internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. OTT does not mean free, as the term encompasses services… Read more »

Exploitation of Migrants in France

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According to the New York Times, Parisian food-delivery couriers are exploiting desperate migrants as gig workers. Questions: What is the London-based platform similar to Uber eats? How large is the food-delivery industry in terms of Euros? Why is this exploitation and what percentage of earnings do courier brokers usually take of earnings from chat apps?… Read more »

Target registers not on target

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According to the Washington Post, cash registers at Target stores are working again after an hours-long outage on Saturday afternoon that brought checkout lines across the country to a standstill. Questions What problem does Target say caused the outage? Has this ever happened before at Target and if so when? Do you see any possible… Read more »

Big-time Lost Sales

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According to the Washington Post, U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, will reduce the company’s sales by $30 billion over the next two years. Questions By what percentage are Huawei’s cellphone sales outside China expected to drop due to the U.S. ban? Why did the Trump administration bar the selling of U.S. technology… Read more »

Where dogs wear pollution masks

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According to the BBC, one country’s pollution is so bad, that dogs must wear pollution masks. Questions: Which country is this? What is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and what do they do? What type of future costs will this pollution cause? Source: BBC staff. (2019) Where dogs wear masks. The BBC, June… Read more »

Boeing Woes

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According to Business Insider, Boeing’s nightmare year got even worse this weekend as the manufacturer warned that hundreds of its 737 planes, including 159 of its troubled 737 Max jets, might have faulty parts on their wings. Questions: What are slat tracks? Who produced the defective slat tracks? What are ten airlines demanding from Boeing?… Read more »

Impending Decision

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According to the Washington Post, FedEx has decided not to renew an important domestic contract that may affect express delivery of Santa’s presents. Questions: What issue does this decision highlight? What percentage of FedEx’s revenue did Amazon’s business provide? What type of reliance does Amazon have with FedEx? What type of history does Amazon have… Read more »

Tech splits U.S. Workforce

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According to the New York Times, within the technology industry a small group of well-educated professionals enjoys rising wages, while most workers toil in low-wage jobs with few chances to advance. Questions: What is responsible for this great divide in the U.S. workforce at places like Intel’s $7 billion plant in Arizona? Why are start-up… Read more »

Rural wireless service threatened

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According to the New York Times, many small U.S. wireless carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company, Huawei, but must soon rethink expansion plans and other replacements of existing gear. Questions: Why did President Trump ban Huawei’s sale of equipment in the U.S.? How extensively is Huawei’s equipment used across the globe? Do… Read more »