Here we Go Again? Another Enron?

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Short-seller and hedge fund manager, Jim Chanos, contends that the Alibaba Group is as problematic in its accounting positions as the now-defunct, corrupt energy giant, Enron. Questions: 1. What part of the company’s operations are most problematic and why? 2. What does cash flow have to do with this story? 3. What does Chanos claim… Read more »

Moving on up from Counterfeiting

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This article explains the latest spate of attacks on banks in Bangladesh and Southeast Asia, which security researchers say is the first time that a nation has used malicious code to steal purely for financial profit. The country is North Korea. Questions: 1. Security researchers and American government officials have tied thousands of attacks to… Read more »

The Shipping News

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According to a study released last Tuesday, U.S. multinational companies are saving $100 billion a year by shifting their profits overseas to lower their tax bills. Questions: 1. Is this tax fraud? Why or why not? 2. Explain the mechanism they are using. 3. Which countries are companies shifting profits to and why (be specific)?… Read more »

The new global business shield

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Some Chinese state-owned entities, backed by the key government agency that oversees major state industrial companies, have adopted a controversial defense when they face U.S. lawsuits – we enjoy sovereign immunity. Questions: 1. The article says that this policy is an indication of something much deeper. What is that? 2. The article mentioned Chinese audit… Read more »

Collateral damage

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The government set up an elaborate sting operation to expose a network of recruiters for visa mills. The only problem was that some students claim that they thought the “honey trap” was a legitimate organization and were duped by the U.S. government. Questions: 1. Briefly explain the sting scheme. 2. After reading the article, do… Read more »

HUUUUGGGGGEEEEE Shift!

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In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a Harvard University poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. Questions: 1. What percentage supported socialism? 2. Why are the results of the survey difficult to interpret? 3. What did the survey say about health insurance? 4. What did you… Read more »

What a Heist!

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Swift — the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication — is billed as a supersecure system that banks use to authorize payments from one account to another. However, last week, Swift announced that hackers had captured $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in February and that other similar heists have been attempted. Questions: 1. According… Read more »

The benefits of offshore without leaving the country

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For wealthy Americans looking to veil their assets and shield some of their income from taxation, there is no need to go to Panama or any other offshore tax haven. According to the New York Times, it’s easy to establish a shell corporation right here at home and virtually no questions are asked. Questions: 1…. Read more »

Collateral from a future job

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Some undergraduates will have a new option to help finance their degrees: pledging to pay a percentage of their future incomes in return for funds today. Questions: 1. How does the income-sharing program work? 2. What school is piloting this idea? 3. What are some aspects of the legal gray zone associated with these human… Read more »

Oh, The Times They are A…Changin’

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While the authorities in southwestern China apparently thought their Cultural Revolution-style “shaming” was still effective, they found out how it backfired in the current economy and environment. As officials paraded eight workers through the streets, who had demanded back wages, the public turned the tables on officials and instead called for deadbeat bosses to be… Read more »