Sometimes Things Don’t End Up the Way they are Planned

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According to the New York Times, Delta Airline’s foray into oil refining in 2012 illustrates some of the reasons that the business was in trouble even before the pandemic. Questions: What was the bold experiment that Delta Air tried? What were the flaws in Delta’s strategy? What is the most immediate concern of the refinery… Read more »

KPMG Turns the Page

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According to Accounting Today, KPMG is appointing new leaders to its U.S. audit, tax and advisory businesses, as well as a new leader in charge of growth & strategy, in an effort to boost its reputation after a number of scandals. Questions: What was the scandal involving PCAOB inspections of the firm? What were the… Read more »

Drowning in Arbitration

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According to the New York Times, as companies face a flood of claims, they are employing new strategies to thwart the very process that they have upheld as the optimal way to resolve disputes. Questions: Why are some companies trying to short-circuit the process? How are some companies trying to short-circuit arbitrations? What is FairShake… Read more »

What a Time to be Offline!

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Robinhood, a millennial favorite stock app, was offline for iPhone and Android users during the entire day, when the Dow made its biggest point gain ever. Questions: What do millennials see as the benefit of Robinhood? By how many points did the Dow Jones industrial average rise on Monday after the horrible… Read more »

Another IPO in Albertson’s future?

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After failing multiple times to go public, Albertsons’ grocery chain is launching an IPO valued at around $19 billion. Questions: When did Albertsons previously try to go public? Who is Albertsons’ private equity investor and how long have they been invested in Albertsons? How much is Albertsons’ net debt, excluding leases? Why didn’t Albertsons’ merger… Read more »

Stay Tuned: Carlos Ghosn – On the Lamb?

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At the time of this writing, Carlos Ghosn has unexpectedly left Japan. Questions: What charges is Carlos Ghosn facing? In exchange for Mr. Ghosn’s release from prison on bail, earlier this year, what were the terms? In which country are anonymous sources reporting that Mr. Ghosn is staying? Source: Flitter, E. (2019). Carlos Ghosn, Fallen… Read more »

HALTED!

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According to the Washington Post, Boeing will halt production of its new 737 MAX commercial jetliner in January 2020. Questions: How long will the production halt last? How many employees will be laid off? How much is it estimated that the entire U.S. gross domestic product for a period this year has been impacted by… Read more »

A Deep Freeze for GE Pensions

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According to the WSJ, General Electric Co. said it was freezing its pension plan for about 20,000 U.S. workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees, as the conglomerate joins the ranks of U.S. companies phasing out a guaranteed retirement. Questions: Who is the CEO? The video said the CEO has been aggressive. What has he… Read more »

Embarrassing Track Record

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According to Business Insider, Masayoshi Son, founder of SoftBank Group, told Nikkei Business in an interview that he embarrassed and impatient with where some of the company’s investments are at in 2019. Questions: What were two of SoftBank’s flagship investments and what happened to them? Who was the founder of WeWork and approximately how long… Read more »

Not too Early for Christmas Lists

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Last week, according to CNET, Amazon showed off a new batch of Alexa-powered products. Questions: There were two themes to these products according to CNET. What were these themes? What company has Amazon acquired that was scrutinized for its work with police departments across the country? Research why. Which device sounds the most interesting to… Read more »