Stocks extend Losses

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There has been a lot of market movement since Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech last Friday. Questions: What did Powell say about interest rates? 2. What did the article say that Powell’s speech is trying to remind people about? 3. How high do you think interest rates will be raised? 4. What do the… Read more »

Walmart’s new venture into financial technology

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Walmart Inc.’s financial-technology venture agreed to buy two small companies and rebrand itself in a step toward providing an app that enables customers to save, borrow and receive money. Questions: What are the two small companies the Fin-Tech venture agreed to buy? What is Walmart’s venture called? Why is this move going to shake up… Read more »

Have you considered Inflation Bonds?

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According to the New York Times, rising prices have affected both consumer goods and some government savings bonds. However, they could also benefit investors looking for safe spaces for their money. Questions: What type of return will the new series I savings bonds, known as inflation bonds to be issued in the next six months,… Read more »

Hiding in Plain Site

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According to Accounting Today, the IRS failed to spot $20.6M in bogus nonresident tax refunds in 2018. Questions: How many returns did this account for? In a short paragraph, explain how this happened. In a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), what recommendations were made for the improvement of IRS identification… Read more »

What do you know about ESG reporting?

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According to Accounting Today, professionals in accounting and finance are confronting big obstacles when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting. Questions: According to the Financial Executives International’s Financial Education & Research Foundation survey, what percentage of the chief accounting officers and controllers polled had not yet started to integrate ESG reporting with their… Read more »

Lufthansa to Pay Back Bailout

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Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to raise 2.14 billion euros ($2.5 billion) through a heavily discounted share sale as it strives to repay a German government coronavirus bailout. Questions: How will the airline group raise the money to repay this bailout? What does Lufthansa avoid with full repayment? What are the expectation of the airline for… Read more »

Changes in fair value measurement of equity securities proposed by FASB

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According to Accounting Today, the FASB is proposing changes in fair value measurement of equity securities that will improve comparability of financial information from companies with investments in equity securities that are subject to contractual restrictions and might prevent the sale of those securities. Questions: Why did fair value measurement complicate things during the 2008-2009… Read more »

Alarm about Crypto Move into Banking

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According to the New York Times, with more companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts Washington is worried about how this might disrupt the banking industry with a lack of regulations. Questions: Which company was mentioned in the article as aspiring to be the J.P. Morgan Chase of cryptocurrency? What crypto platform temporarily lost… Read more »

Earnings Numbers Useless?

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In a recent article in Accounting Today, Baruch Lev discusses the poor quality and low relevance of corporate financial statements due to “a sad state of accounting standards.” Questions: Briefly list the three suggestions presented by Baruch Lev meaningful new agendas for accounting regulators. What examples does Professor Lev present as supporting the U.S. accounting… Read more »

Facebook’s Victory

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According to Reuters, Facebook hits $1 trillion value after the judge rejects antitrust complaints. Questions: Federal and state antitrust complaints sought to have Facebook sell what apps? Where did the judge find flaws in the arguments? What was the bright spot for the FTC in the case? Source: Bartz, D. and E. Culliford. (2021). Facebook… Read more »