Trouble Ahead? Bad Economic Week

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Are we headed for a recession? Questions: What is the opinion of Goldman Sachs’ CEO? What did JPMorgan Chase’s CEO say? What did Elon Musk say? What is your opinion and why? Source: Mui, C. (2022). More than 60% of executives think a recession will hit soon, new survey finds. Fortune, June 17 (Retrievable online… Read more »

Attention Cryptocurrency Investors

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According to the New York Times, the fall in Bitcoin was accelerated in recent weeks by the collapse of two major cryptocurrency projects; this sows doubts about the stability of the overall cryptocurrency market. Questions: Bitcoin dropped below $20,000 this week. This is the first time since when? From March 2020 to November 2021, what… Read more »

Attention Zelle Users

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According to the New York Times, when customers say their money was stolen on Zelle, banks often refuse to pay. Questions: What is Zelle? What Federal Rule protects consumers in fraudulent electronic transfers of money? How much money was sent through Zelle and Venmo last year? What is Sim Swapping? What progress has been made… Read more »

Two Sets of Books

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According to the New York Times, a congressional committee looking into wrongdoing within the Washington Commanders N.F.L. franchise referred the case to the Federal Trade Commission. Questions: What did the 20-page letter to the FTC allege? What is the basis of the team’s categorical denial of financial impropriety? If true, what would the allegations mean… Read more »

Who’s on the FORBES AI 50 List this year?

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On Sunday, May 9, Forbes released its fourth annual artificial intelligence (AI) list of the top companies that will shape the future. Questions: As you can see from the list, there is significant breadth and depth of artificial intelligence. Which area do you see as most promising and why? How was the list compiled? How… Read more »

Who Can You Trust in the World of Money Laundering?

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Augustine Osemwegie, the owner of a used car dealership in Fall River, Massachusetts, has pleaded guilty to money laundering. Questions: How was Osemwegie caught? What was the method he used to launder money? Was this his own money? Explain. Source: Media Team of RegXSA. (2022). US-based owner of used car dealership pleads guilty to international… Read more »

Audacious Fraud

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Dermatologist, Farhaad Riyaz, peer-voted as one of the top doctors in the Washington DC area in 2019 committed one of the most bizarre frauds in recent times, according to The Washingtonian.   Questions: How did Dr. Riyaz perpetrate the crime? What was the scheme? What is and/or was his potential punishment? Who did Dr. Riyaz… Read more »

The Future is EV Energy

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According to The Verge, the Biden administration invoked the Defense Production Act for EV batteries and clean energy last week. Questions: What does this mean in the near term for certain types of mines in the U.S.? Are lithium batteries sustainable in the long-term? Discuss. What is the Defense Production Act? How do you see… Read more »

The New World of Autonomous Trucking

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According to Axios, autonomous trucks could one day replace more than 90% of all highway trucking, which could have a profound impact on as many as 500,000 long-haul truckers, a new study found. Questions: According to the study by researchers at the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University, if automation is restricted to Sun… Read more »

Smart Thinking about Cryptocurrency

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According to Axios, cryto is no fad and it will change how, where and what people buy and sell.  Questions: According to the article, what is the unique investing relationship between millenials and cryptocurrency? According to the article, what is the relationship between crypto and blockchain? How is the value of crypto determined? If you… Read more »