Reining in Crypto

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According to the New York Times, the SEC fined cryptocurrency lending firm Nexo for violating federal securities law. Questions: Source: Yaffe-Bellany, D. (2023) Crypto Lender Nexo Is Fined $45 Million as Crackdown Widens. The New York Times, Jan. 19 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/business/nexo-sec-crypto-fined.html?)

How Common is Securities Fraud?

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According to a new study, ten percent of public companies commit securities fraud each year. Questions: Source: Livni, E. (2023) Just How Common Is Corporate Fraud? The New York Times, Jan. 14 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/14/business/dealbook/how-common-is-corporate-fraud.html?)

A Bad Year for Bonds

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According to the New York Times, although it has been a bad year for bonds, the future appears to be brighter. Questions: Should you buy bonds as a speculative bet for 2023? What did the period from January through October 2022 look like for bonds? What are the long-term prospects for bonds, according to the… Read more »

Nikola Fraud Update

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Trevor Milton convicted of securities fraud after 6-year successful stock market run. His company and concept car was all a lie! Questions: Why do, as the article says, “corporate executives tend to portray activist short sellers as vigilantes?”  Related to the first question, what has Nathan Anderson’s firm done in the past several years? Why… Read more »

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 »

Long Awaited Agreement is Only a First Step

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According to Thomson Reuters, the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on Aug. 26, 2022, finally signed an agreement with Chinese authorities that will allow the board to inspect and investigate audit firms based in China and Hong Kong whose clients trade on American exchanges. Questions: When will the PCAOB start inspections? What were… Read more »

Exploiting Inflation to Pad Bottom Lines

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According to The Washington Post, some companies are exploiting inflation to pad their bottom lines. Questions: What evidence indicates that companies are raising prices to exploit rather than in relation to underlying cost increases? If companies are passing on their own higher costs to consumers, their _______________ should stay roughly the same. How do analysts… 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 »

What are Amazon’s Worst HR and Accounting Problems and Why?

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According to the New York Times, a knot of problems with Amazon’s system for handling paid and unpaid leaves has led to devastating consequences for workers. Questions: According to the article, by what percentage had Tara Jones been underpaid by her Amazon warehouse job on one paycheck? What are some of the problems that have… Read more »