Alarm about Crypto Move into Banking

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According to the New York Times, with more companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts Washington is worried about how this might disrupt the banking industry with a lack of regulations. Questions: Which company was mentioned in the article as aspiring to be the J.P. Morgan Chase of cryptocurrency? What crypto platform temporarily lost… Read more »

Earnings Numbers Useless?

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In a recent article in Accounting Today, Baruch Lev discusses the poor quality and low relevance of corporate financial statements due to “a sad state of accounting standards.” Questions: Briefly list the three suggestions presented by Baruch Lev meaningful new agendas for accounting regulators. What examples does Professor Lev present as supporting the U.S. accounting… Read more »

Theranos Scandal Story Continues

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While speaking with four former Theranos employees about the upcoming trial of embattled CEO Elizabeth Holmes, CNBC found the former employees want the trial to be over and still fear retribution. Questions: What was Micah Nies’ position at Theranos? Do the former employees think Holmes will be found guilty? Why? What red flags of the… Read more »

Free Housing from Airbnb

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Vacation rental company, Airbnb, said that it would begin offering free accommodation around the world to some 20,000 refugees forced to flee Afghanistan amid the Taliban’s rapid rise to power. Questions: How does the company plan to cover the costs of the initiative? By how much did the European Union indicate that it would increase… Read more »

Milkshake woes for McDonalds

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According to The Guardian, milkshakes are off the menu at McDonald’s in England, Scotland and Wales. Questions: Why are milkshakes off the menu at McDonald’s in England, Scotland, and Wales? What are lorry drivers? What other restaurants and sectors mentioned in the article are having the same types of problems? If there is a shortage… Read more »

Big Woes for the Cavendish Banana

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While the popularity of the Cavendish banana that you buy at the grocery store is on the rise, there is a disease that is threatening its extinction. Questions: Why might the most popular bananas go extinct? Which country economies depend on the banana? What percentage of bananas exported to supermarkets around the world are of… Read more »

Inconsistent Sustainability Assurances

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According to Accounting Today, a new report posits that sustainability reporting standards, as well as assurance services to verify that reporting, vary widely across jurisdictions and individual practitioners and require better standardization. Questions: Which organizations presented the report? According to the report, what percentage of companies report some level of sustainability information, and what percentage… Read more »

KPMG’s Most Recent Fine

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According to Accounting Today, KPMG faces a 15M pound fine (or $21M), for gross misconduct in the U.K. Questions: What were the name of the company and the private equity firm that relied on misstatements by KPMG? What was the name of the partner at the head of the consulting engagement? How many times did… Read more »

Recovery of Ransom by Feds

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According to the Washington Post, federal authorities have recovered more than two million dollars in cryptocurrency paid in ransom to foreign hackers whose attack last month led to the shutdown of a major pipeline that provides nearly half the East Coast’s fuel, according to officials. Questions: What is the name of the hacker ring? How… Read more »

An Attack on the Wallets of Meatlovers

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Four weeks after the Russian hack on Colonial Pipelines, the world’s largest beef supplier has been hit with a ransomware attack, threatening some of the U.S. meat supply. Questions: Who is the company and how many facilities do they maintain? How much was paid to Russian hackers from Colonial Pipelines? What might be the effect… Read more »