A New Service from Amazon

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According to Reuters, Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, announced the premier of Amazon Key – a lock and camera system that users control remotely to let delivery associates slip goods into their houses. Questions: 1. What will be the cost? 2. How do you maintain privacy? 3. What is Wal-Mart testing that is a… Read more »

The GE Plunge

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General Electric Co.’s stock has tumbled the most it has seen in six years. This is due to a deteriorating outlook stoked by fears that the company will cut its dividend for only the second time since the Great Depression. Questions: 1.What is causing the drop, according to Jeff Windau, an analyst at Edward Jones?… Read more »

Hong Kong’s Duty

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According to Bloomberg, even though Hong Kong’s stock market hit record highs this month, the turnover is too low. Now the exchange operator is considering asking the government to remove or reduce a tax on stock transactions. Questions: 1. What is the current stamp duty on both sides of the trade and what does that… Read more »

Risky Takeover?

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According to Reuters, Qualcomm, a U.S. smartphone chipmaker, has offered concessions in an attempt to allay EU antitrust concerns over its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, the largest ever in the semiconductor industry. Questions: 1. What are Qualcomm’s chips used for? 2. What is the EU Commission’s greatest concern about this merger? 3. What was… Read more »

Where in the world is Catalonia?

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Under a separatist plan, the Catalan government has claimed a mandate for independence. Two million votes or so have been counted in support of a split with Spain. Questions: 1. Where is Catalonia located? 2. What is the history of this separatist plan? 3. Why should accounting and business students know about this? 4. According… Read more »

Has your credit information been stolen?

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As you probably already have heard, Equifax, one of three major credit reporting agencies, revealed that highly sensitive personal and financial information for around 143 million U.S. consumers was compromised in a cybersecurity breach that began in late spring. Later we learned of a second breach, that included about 100,000 Canadians and up to half… Read more »

What would you do?

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According to the Washington Post, the residents of Presidio Terrace, which is an oval-shaped privately owned street commonly known as one of the most exclusive communities in San Francisco, learned the that someone could buy their entire street. Questions: 1. Why was it possible to own Presidio Terrace? 2. How many bidders did Ms. Lam… Read more »

Don’t order the chicken

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The first known shipment of cooked chicken from China reached the United States last week, after a very publicized trade deal between the Trump administration and China. But consumer groups and former food-safety officials are warning that the chicken could pose a public health risk. Questions: 1. What are the health risks? 2. What are… Read more »

Will this new strategy work?

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McDonald’s stock raced toward an all-time high Monday, June 19. What was the trigger? Wall Street reacted to the news that the burger giant was upgrading its technology, including kiosks, to meet on-demand orders. Questions: 1. Which product has anchored the McDonald’s menu for decades? 2. How is McDonald’s going to change its process of… Read more »