White House Blues

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According to the Washington Post, there is discussion among senior White House officials to advance a temporary payroll tax cut as a way to limit the economic slowdown forecast by economists. Questions: When and how much was the last payroll tax cut and why was it made? Payroll tax cuts add dramatically to the deficit… Read more »

Woes for Lowe’s?

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Lowe’s announced that it will be laying off thousands of workers, including maintenance workers, service workers, and furniture and grill assemblers. Questions: How does Lowe’s plan to fill this void? What will it offer the laid-off workers? What is the health of Lowe’s stores overall? Source: Dockery, W. (2019). Lowe’s Layoffs 2019: Why The Hardware… Read more »

CVS wants to be the Ultimate Healthcare Provider

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According to Business Insider, when in 2018, CVS Health acquired Aetna, combining a chain of nearly 10,000 pharmacies dispensing prescriptions and selling snacks and soda with one of the biggest US health insurers, the company also took greater steps to promote healthier options. Questions: What was CVS’s stand regarding the sale of cigarettes? Where does… Read more »

SEC helps the mom and pop investors

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According to Business Insider, the Securities and Exchange Commission is stepping up scrutiny of mutual fund investments in private companies, according to people with knowledge of the agency’s interest. Questions: What has been the problem with mutual funds investing in companies like Airbnb or WeWork? Which case is notorious for spiking the SEC’s interest in… Read more »

Good News if you Plan to Fly

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According to the Washington Post, now is a good time to book fall getaways because rates are dropping. Questions: By month, what drops are expected in airline rates? What is the peak travel month? When are the most expensive times for travel? Do sales that airlines advertise the best rates? Discuss. Source: Sampson, H. (2019)…. Read more »

Trucking company bankruptcies

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According to Business Insider, six trucking companies have already folded during 2019. As a result, more than 2500 truckers are unemployed. Questions: Explain the spot market for trucking companies and what has happened to it. What are the trucking companies that have gone bankrupt in 2019 and how many truckers were left unemployed by each… Read more »

Restructuring at Deutsche Bank

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Germany’s largest bank, Deutsche Bank, has begun a string of layoffs that will result in 20 percent fewer employees or 18,000 jobs. Questions: This slashing in jobs happened on the first day takeover of the new CEO. Who is the CEO? What happened to shares of Deutsche Bank after word of this sweeping overhaul? How… Read more »

Block Chain Report on Finance Industry

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A newly released block chain report about banking was previewed on Business Insider.com. Questions: According to Bloomberg, how much money has been poured into block chain technology, annually, as of 2018 within financial institutions? What are key difficulties or roadblocks associated with block chain application? What are the companies mentioned in the report? Source: Tesfaye,… Read more »

Facebook terror attack?

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According to Business Insider, sarin, a deadly poison, has been detected in a mail facility at the Silicon Valley Facebook headquarters. Evacuation and FBI investigations were reported. Questions: Is it possible that the detection was a false positive and according to whom? What is the business park where Facebook is located? Based on the article,… Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Fit e

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One of the most popular purchases that people are making this summer is the Samsung Galaxy Fit e, previously announced in March 2019 at Samsung’s big 2019 Unpacked event. Questions: In your opinion, what are the best features of the Samsung Galaxy Fit e and why? In your opinion, what are the worst issues associated… Read more »