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 »

Stay Tuned: Carlos Ghosn – On the Lamb?

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At the time of this writing, Carlos Ghosn has unexpectedly left Japan. Questions: What charges is Carlos Ghosn facing? In exchange for Mr. Ghosn’s release from prison on bail, earlier this year, what were the terms? In which country are anonymous sources reporting that Mr. Ghosn is staying? Source: Flitter, E. (2019). Carlos Ghosn, Fallen… Read more »

Is Paid Family Leave Evolving?

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The U.S. remains the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee workers paid family leave. Questions: What pressures on U.S. employers are causing them to expand benefits in order to attract and retain workers? What are some of the increasing trends to cover things that plague families beyond parental leave? According to the Bureau of Labor… Read more »

It’s all in the way you interpret The Community Reinvestment Act

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According to BusinessInsider.com, the Trump Administration is pushing for funds meant for low-income neighborhoods to be funneled to the NFL for a new stadium. Questions: Who proposed the rule change and to whom? When was the law or rule passed? What are the pros and cons for putting stadiums in opportunity zones? Do you agree… Read more »

Trouble in the Repo Market

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According to the Bank for International Settlements, the Financial Times reports that turmoil in the repo market was fueled by hedge funds need to borrow cash in order to drive returns on trades. Questions: What is the Repo market? Why is the pullback by bank lending a bad sign? Explain the increasingly popular hedge fund… Read more »

Falsified Data

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According to the Associated Press, an investigation showed that the Kansas City School District falsified attendance data for three years in a bid to regain full accreditation from the state. Questions: 1. What was the result of overreporting attendance? 2. How many officials were involved in the 3-year scam from 2013 to 2016? 3. How… Read more »

Hacked and Sold

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According to a ZDNet investigation, hackers commandeered user accounts for Disney Plus’ new streaming service. As a result, hackers locked users out, changed authorization log-ins, and sold the hacked accounts for as little as $3 each. Questions: Does this happen with other streaming services? If so, what are some of the other services mentioned? What… Read more »

The Value of Virtual Reality in Business

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According to BusinessInsider.com, virtual reality (VR) has been historically associated with consumer-facing gaming, but it’s been gaining traction in companies lately. Questions: According to the article, what companies are actively using VR? How are they using it? How has this driven up the revenue from the hardware and software of VR? What other sources can… Read more »

Choices in Personal Finance are Changing

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According to BusinessInsider.com, married millennials and Gen Xers are keeping their finances separate from their partner much more often than married baby boomers, and it shows that younger generations are thinking about marriage and finances differently. Questions: What do you think are some of the biggest reasons that millennials and Gen Xers are keeping their… Read more »

Corporate Tax Reinvestment – Myth or Fact?

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According to the New York Times, FedEx, like much of corporate America, has not made good on its promised investment surge from President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts. Questions: How much did FedEx owe in taxes the year before the Trump 2017 tax cuts? What does the trend show about companies with the biggest tax cuts… Read more »