A new “capital” buffer

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According to Reuters, the Federal Reserve will seek significantly more capital from the largest U.S. banks and give some relief to smaller banks as it considers reforms to its annual ‘stress test. Questions: 1. What is a stress test? 2. How will the proposed reforms mean different things depending on the size of the bank?… Read more »

You Got Caught! Unauthorized!

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According to The Guardian, Wells Fargo will pay $185m in a settlement over illegal sales practices that included the opening of unauthorized duplicate accounts and credit cards by employees in order to meet sales quotas. Questions: 1. What does the settlement include? 2. Over what period did this take place? 3. Which agency took action… Read more »

I’ll have a Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich to go please

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In a remarkable tax maneuver, Google moved 10.7 billion euros (or $12 billion) through the Netherlands to Bermuda in 2014. As a result of this structuring, Google will earn most of its foreign income tax-free. Questions: 1. What is this tax strategy called and why? Why Bermuda? 2. Why has corporate tax avoidance risen to… Read more »

Contagion in Earnings Manipulations

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A new study shows that after one company in an industry is found to have misstated its earnings, others in its industry often followed suit and began massaging their own numbers; this ultimately results in their own restatements. Questions: 1. Why were the regulatory actions in the study so intriguing and what did they indicate?… Read more »

Incredible Law School Debt

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The median LSAT score of students admitted to Florida Coastal School of Law was among the lowest 25% nationwide. Despite the fact that the average debt of the 2014 graduating class had $163,000 in debt, may not pass the bar, and probably cannot repay the debt, this school is one of six for-profit law schools… Read more »

Bad may be Good?

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While it wasn’t a particularly good 2014 for big pension fund earnings, those who managed the funds saw incredible pay! According to the New York Times, the top 25 hedge fund managers reaped $11.62 billion in compensation in 2014. Yes, that’s billions with a “B”! Questions: 1. The 2014 compensation of the top 25 hedge… Read more »

Schedules: The Next Labor Fight

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While the minimum wage issue has come to the top of political agendas over the past few years, it appears that the new frontier in labor reform will be schedules and pushing back against the corporate trend to time shifts when labor is needed. Questions: 1. What are some of the requirements that proponents hope… Read more »

No longer Big Brother watching – Now its Big Teacher!

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At Rutgers University, online student must download Proctortrack, a new anti-cheating technology, prior to taking exams. Questions: 1. Did you agree or disagree that the software was intrusive? Discuss the pros and cons of it. 2. Do you agree or disagree that human behavior in test taking can be reduced to an algorithm? Discuss. 3…. Read more »

Attack of the SuperCookies!

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What is your privacy worth? Most people would say A LOT! According to Craig Timberg, Verizon and AT&T have been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers with what critics have dubbed “supercookies.” These supercookies cannot be erased and can even get around the “private” or “incognito” settings on your… Read more »