Facebook’s Victory

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According to Reuters, Facebook hits $1 trillion value after the judge rejects antitrust complaints. Questions: Federal and state antitrust complaints sought to have Facebook sell what apps? Where did the judge find flaws in the arguments? What was the bright spot for the FTC in the case? Source: Bartz, D. and E. Culliford. (2021). Facebook… Read more »

Sixteen States Whipsawed by the Pandemic

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According to the New York Times, new claims for unemployment benefits are inching down and a growing number of Republican governors around the country have announced that they are withdrawing from an array of federal pandemic-related jobless benefits. Questions: Based on this withdrawal, how many workers will lose jobless claims and over what period? What… Read more »

Help is on the way for Student Loans!

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According to Benefits Pro, the American Rescue Plan just passed in Congress includes benefits for student loan borrowers and non-borrowers. Questions How do taxes impact student loan forgiveness? When colleges receive their allocations of the financial aid relief package, how should it be used? If you are a small business owner with a defaulted student… Read more »

Working Remotely Causes Tax Problems for Some

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According to the New York Times, workers may have to file more than one state tax return, and in certain situations they could end up owing taxes in both states. The details depend on your home state and what state you worked in during 2020. Questions: What type of rules apply? If you end up… Read more »

More about the “Make Amazon Pay” coalition

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According to the New York Times, Amazon surpasses all largest private employers in adding the number of workers in a single year. Despite this, the costs to workers is not covered by the online giant. Questions: Why does the article claim that health benefits and a 401(k) is not enough to compensate employees? Why was… Read more »

Is the Power of Boredom Reshaping our Economy?

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According to the New York Times, due to the pandemic, tedium is reshaping what people buy and how productive they are. Questions: What are some of the economic consequences of the pandemic that are noted in the article? The author of this article describes the pandemic as producing a collective sense of ennui. Define the… Read more »

The Battle of Big Tech in North Dakota

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According to The New York Times, North Dakota is part of a new front in the battle over Big Tech and its power.  Questions\ According to the article, what particular practices of Apple and Google do the provisions of the North Dakota bill focus on? Why, if the bill fails in North Dakota, will Apple… Read more »

Tesla Invests in BitCoin

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According to the Washington Post and an SEC report, Tesla has invested  $1.5 billion in bitcoin and plans to start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment in the near future. Questions: As a result of Tesla’s announcement, what happened to the price of bitcoins? Alternatively, did Tesla show as much movement? How does the price of… Read more »

Slippery Slope or A Good Option for Turbulent Times?

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According to the Washington Post, shoppers who use pay-later options tend to spend more and buy more frequently than those who do not. Questions: How much are these buy-now, pay-later services going to grow by 2025? What national chains now have bi-weekly arrangements with customers for everyday purchases? Why are consumer protection experts warning against… Read more »

Are You Paying Hidden Covid Fees?

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According to the Washington Post, businesses across the country may be charging you undisclosed COVID fees. Questions: Consumers in how many states have filed complaints with state attorneys general offices regarding undisclosed COVID-related surcharges? What are these surcharges typically for? What types of businesses are the worst offenders? What measures are health insurance providers taking… Read more »