Just write NM a check

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According to the Associated Press, a powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center — a move the social media giant says it was not expecting. Questions: What is the total cost for the transmission project for… Read more »

Sears Sues

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According to CNN, the remains of defunct Sears Holdings is suing Eddie Lampert, the man who was its previous CEO and primary shareholder, alleging he improperly stripped the company of assets as it hurdled toward bankruptcy. Questions: In addition to Eddie Lampert, who else is named in the suit for the theft of Sears’ assets?… Read more »

Pay for Play

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Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student that officials at the school say was involved in a nationwide college entrance fraud that ensnared 50 people, including Hollywood actresses and CEOs, some of whom have already appeared in court. Questions: To make this scam work, who was “on the take” inside Yale? Who was… Read more »

Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »

The U.S. Trend to Ban Cashless Retailers

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According to Axios, while big chains like Amazon Go, Sweetgreen, and Shake Shack are fast eliminating cash sales, U.S. cities and states are fighting against this trend. Questions: 1. Why are states like New Jersey and cities like Philadelphia banning cashless retailers? 2. What percentage of U.S. sales are made with cash? 3. What is… Read more »

A Story That will Tug at your Heart Strings!

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In Germany, a family owing a debt had the family dog seized by the city of Ahlen. The City then sold the dog on EBay in order to pay for the debt. Questions: 1. What were the other assets that they considered seizing? 2. Who bought the dog and what was the new owner skeptical… Read more »

Are you one of them?

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When millions of Americans began filling out their 2018 taxes, they were surprised to learn that their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe money to the Internal Revenue Service after years of receiving refunds. Questions: 1. How are some people protesting via social media? 2. Why have refunds decreased? 3. How… Read more »

What is More Important? Jobs or Happiness?

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A Finnish nationwide experiment with basic income has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased. Questions: 1. How much did randomly selected, unemployed people aged 25-58 get in tax-free income each month? (U.S. dollars) 2. What were most people worried about related to any… Read more »

A Failed Deal and its Irreversible Consequences

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According to the New Yorker, Wisconsin won’t see Foxconn’s first U.S. manufacturing facility and the prospect of significant prosperity that stirred the hopes of a region still with dreams of clawing back the middle-class factory jobs from the middle of the twentieth century. Questions: 1. How long ago was the deal signed? 2. What were… Read more »

Lying and CEOs – New Analytics

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According to Business Insider, a software company called Amenity Analytics (AA) reviews earnings call transcripts, press releases, company research and more to try and help hedge funds spend less time looking for important nuggets of information and more time trading. Now they have turned their attention toward truth-telling by CEOs. Questions: 1. What type of… Read more »