China’s New Tough Stance on Tech

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According to the New York Times, despite the fact that Jack Ma and other entrepreneurs have prospered under Beijing’s laissez-faire attitude toward the business side of the internet, new investigations by China’s authoritarian government indicate that the dynamic is shifting as the companies have grown in power. Questions: What is the investigation into Alibaba about?… Read more »

What Type of Accounting Firm Would You Like to Start?

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Kyle Walters asks the question: ” As an accountant, would you rather be a dentist or a surgeon?” Questions: What does Walters’ question have to do with establishing an accounting firm? Which structure of an accounting firm best fits your goals and work habits? What is scope creep? What are the three components to consider… Read more »

PwC faces $40 M lawsuit from Botswana supermarket

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According to Accounting Today, two senior executives at Botswana supermarket chain, Choppies Enterprises Ltd., are suing former auditors PwC for 653 million rand ($40 million) for not signing off on the company’s 2018 accounts, leading to a share price collapse. Questions: What are the actual allegations? How much did Choppies shares lose between September 2018… Read more »

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 »

Golden Arches wants their Money Back

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According to the Washington Post, McDonald’s,the fast-food giant claims Steve Easterbrook, whose severance package is said to be worth $42 million, destroyed a paper trail of his “inappropriate personal behavior.” Questions: What did Mr. Easterbrook cover up? Why did the company reopen the firing case back up in July? How did the company find out… Read more »

E&Y Sues Wirecard AG

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According to Bloomberg News and Accounting Today, accounting firm Ernst & Young was sued over its work for Wirecard AG, just two days after Wirecard’s headquarters were raided as part of a market manipulation probe. Questions: What is Wirecard AG? What does E&Y’s suit allege? Discuss what the issues are related to Wirecard’s purported fraud…. 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 »

Planning Ahead: Kroger’s Limit of 5

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Kroger said it was limiting orders of some items to “due to high demand and to support all customers.” Questions: Kroger’s is the largest supermarket chain in the U.S. How many stores does it have? Which type of orders does the limit of five apply to? Do you think this is a… Read more »

Changes at Amazon due to the Coronavirus

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According to BusinessInsider.com, Amazon is halting all warehouse tours in North America as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak grow in the US. Questions: What did Amazon do last month due to supply chain worries? Why did Amazon ban more than a million products on its website from third party sellers? What travel directive did Amazon… Read more »

BrewRight? A trade secret?

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Anheuser-Bush InBev SA, the world’s largest brewer, has developed a machine-learning technology that can identify risky business partners and potentially illegal payments. Questions: How does the analytics platform, named Brew Right, proactively monitor legal risks and prevent violations? How do companies typically examine the compliance practices of acquired businesses?… Read more »