Netflix studios on a roll!

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After capturing the most 2020 Oscar nominations of any studio, Netflix stock is trading up 3.5%. Questions: Which film received the most nominations? Between Netflix movies and original series, how many total Oscar nominations did Netflix receive? How does this compare with its Golden Globe awards? According to Bloomberg data, what is the consensus price… Read more »

Stealing Streaming

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According to the Washington Post, a pair of Las Vegas computer programmers pleaded guilty last week to operating massive unauthorized streaming services that authorities say rivaled the libraries of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and cost copyright owners millions. QUESTIONS; 1. How did the two men steal these amounts of money? 2. What was iStreamitAll’s… 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 »

Bill seeks FASB Required Study

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Representative Luetkemeyer, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a bill on September 27 in Congress requiring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to formally study the impact of new accounting standards before finalizing them.¬† Questions: What Act does the bill seek to apply? What are the three major effects that… Read more »

Monte Carlo Simulation

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According to Business Insider, some CEO pay plans are so complicated that a powerful mathematical technique originally developed to understand the behavior of neutrons in an atom bomb explosion is now the most effective way to estimate what they are actually worth. Questions: Where did the inspiration for the Monte Carlo simulation come from (according… Read more »

Millionaires’ numbers are rising in both 401(k)’s and IRA’s

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According to the Washington Post, the number of employees able to reach millionaire status in their workplace retirement plans has hit record levels. Questions: By how much did the number of Fidelity Investment 401(k) plans increase having $1 million or more over the 1st quarter of the year? Vanguard Investments also saw a spike in… Read more »

Is this a good idea?

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According to the New York Times, one of the largest active construction projects in the United States will produce more than 1 million tons of plastic a year and is operated by Royal Dutch Shell near Pittsburgh. Questions: Where will pipelines for the plant be stretched and how many freight cars does it expect to… Read more »

Goldman Sachs has a plan – but is it a good one?

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Goldman Sachs has a plan to combine five investing teams into a single alternatives unit. This plan has been doubted internally and has led to interesting drama within the firm. Questions: Who is Goldman’s CEO who announced this plan? Why is this move important to outside investors? Why is the debate centering around Goldman’s two… Read more »

Facebook terror attack?

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According to Business Insider, sarin, a deadly poison, has been detected in a mail facility at the Silicon Valley Facebook headquarters. Evacuation and FBI investigations were reported. Questions: Is it possible that the detection was a false positive and according to whom? What is the business park where Facebook is located? Based on the article,… Read more »

Amazon now tackles Beauty Industry

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Amazon.com Inc has just unveiled its online professional beauty store to sell supplies to licensed professional stylists, barbers and estheticians, and this move is causing the value of¬†shares of other beauty retailers to drop. Questions: Which beauty retailers does the article mention? What will Amazon require for purchase? Do you think this will be a… Read more »