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 »

Amazon spent $1.5 million and lost

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According to the Washington Post, Amazon put $1.5 million toward Seattle City Council races this cycle, via a business-interest group to support an opponent of that spent nearly half a million dollars in support of Kshama Sawant, who has pledged to raise taxes on the retail giant. In the end, Amazon lost the race. Questions:… Read more »

Italy’s new web tax

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Last week, Italy approved a new tax on giant digital companies, which President Donald Trump has threatened to retaliate against. Questions: According to draft legislation, what are some of the U.S. companies that will be obliged to pay a 3% levy on internet transactions? How much is the Italian government expected to recoup from the… 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 »

Regulators Got their Eyes on You!

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According to the New York Times, Big Tech (Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google) are being investigated by regulators and lawmakers regarding how these companies may have used their size and wealth to quash competition and expand their dominance. Questions: Who are some of the regulators and lawmakers investigating Google and for what reason? What are… Read more »