Strategic Differences

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HSBC announced that CEO, John Flint, was leaving the bank after only 18 months in the role.  Questions: What issues is Europe’s biggest bank grappling with currently? What specific strategic reason does the Board give for his departure?  What is the revenue risk that HSBC faces? Source: Reuters Staff. (2019). HSBC CEO John Flint leaves… 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 »

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 »

An interesting investing strategy

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As Business Insider notes, Goldman Sachs is saying that the wide valuation gap between cheap and expensive stocks could close shortly in favor of bargain hunters.  Questions: Why are investors reassessing the dynamics of value investing (or the strategy of buying stocks that are trading cheaply relative to the broader market)? According to Goldman equity analysts, how… Read more »

Ad-Tech Companies to chase big OTT dollars

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According to Business Insider, a cottage industry of companies has sprung up to grab a piece of the revenue flowing to over the top (or OTT) advertising. OTT refers to film and television content provided via a high-speed Internet connection rather than a cable or satellite provider. OTT does not mean free, as the term encompasses services… Read more »

Exploitation of Migrants in France

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According to the New York Times, Parisian food-delivery couriers are exploiting desperate migrants as gig workers. Questions: What is the London-based platform similar to Uber eats? How large is the food-delivery industry in terms of Euros? Why is this exploitation and what percentage of earnings do courier brokers usually take of earnings from chat apps?… Read more »

Big-time Lost Sales

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According to the Washington Post, U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese telecom giant, Huawei, will reduce the company’s sales by $30 billion over the next two years. Questions By what percentage are Huawei’s cellphone sales outside China expected to drop due to the U.S. ban? Why did the Trump administration bar the selling of U.S. technology… Read more »

Where dogs wear pollution masks

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According to the BBC, one country’s pollution is so bad, that dogs must wear pollution masks. Questions: Which country is this? What is the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and what do they do? What type of future costs will this pollution cause? Source: BBC staff. (2019) Where dogs wear masks. The BBC, June… Read more »

Rural wireless service threatened

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According to the New York Times, many small U.S. wireless carriers depend on inexpensive equipment from the Chinese company, Huawei, but must soon rethink expansion plans and other replacements of existing gear. Questions: Why did President Trump ban Huawei’s sale of equipment in the U.S.? How extensively is Huawei’s equipment used across the globe? Do… Read more »