Hyperinflation

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According to Bloomberg, a cup of coffee cost 450 bolivars in Venezuela less than two years ago. Now, as the nation’s hyperinflation continues to skyrocket, a cafe con leche costs 1 million bolivars — or a mere 29 U.S. cents. Questions: 1. What is the most common note in circulation in Venezuela? 2. Venezuela has… Read more »

Now you see it, now you don’t…Presto!

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According to Axios, there was a 17% drop in international students in the U.S. last year, mostly due to the 28% decline in Indian students and a 24% decline in Chinese students receiving visas. Questions: 1. Is the trend in international students attributable to President Trump’s immigration policy changes and rhetoric? Explain. 2. What are… Read more »

Stepping over a line: Legitimate collection or legal harassment on student loans?

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The agency charged with monitoring such student loan bankruptcy declarations is facing concerns that its tactics have grown ruthless. Bankruptcy experts say that the group is wasting judicial resources because it brings legal challenges to those few who are desperate enough to seek bankruptcy relief. Questions: 1. What is the name of this agency? Which… Read more »

Vulnerable for a Takeover?

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Broadcom LTD made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm to set the stage for a major takeover of the chipmaker and dominate the market of semiconductors used in mobile phones. Questions: 1. What is Qualcomm’s take on this bid? 2. Would this deal cause a monopoly? 3. What are the terms of the deal?… Read more »

And the challenges go on……..

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According to the BBC, the Court of Appeal judges in London have denied Nestle’s attempts to trademark the shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar. Questions: 1. Which countries have granted Nestlé’s four-finger shape a trademark registration? 2. According to the article, why is it difficult to prove the case in U.K. courts? 3. Briefly… Read more »

Stop Working from Home

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Some of the country’s largest and most innovative companies are moving to bring their work-from-home employees back to the office. IBM is the latest example. Questions: 1. What percentage of U.S. workers do some or all work at home? 2. Why is the change being done? 3. Why does IBM have research on their side?… Read more »

During Trump Times

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According to the New York Times, the world currency that has gained the most since Donald J. Trump’s inauguration as president is the Mexican peso. Questions: 1. How much has the peso gained since the day that President Trump was inaugurated? 2. How much did the peso plunge on the day that President Trump was… Read more »

From White House to the Big House?

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It was only a week ago that President Donald Trump was praising Caterpillar Co. for producing such great bulldozers, as he met with company Chairman Doug Oberhelman at the White House. Less than a week later, officials from the Commerce Department, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Illinois State Police moved in and… Read more »

Xiaomi – Cheap phones online may not be the key to success.

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Xiaomi, once hailed as an Apple iPhone slayer in China, now admits that they moved too fast to outpace their competitor. The company’s founder, Lei Jun, wrote his employees this week, indicating that the company needs to focus on the future and long-term sustainability. Questions: 1. Who are the domestic rivals to Xiaomi in the… Read more »