Credit Card Chips

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Did you ever wonder why so many retailers have chip-readable machines for credit cards, but tell you to swipe your card anyway? This article explains this frustrating issue for retailers. Questions: 1. Merchants have spent incredible amounts of money to get new chip-reading machines, so what is the reason for not using them? 2. Since… Read more »

A deeply ill-conceived way to address student debt?

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Members of Congress have introduced bipartisan bills that would give a tax break to the growing number of companies that offer to help pay off their employees’ student loans. Questions: 1. What are the reasons that the article presents for this idea as being a deeply ill-conceived way to address student debt? Do you agree… Read more »

I’ll have a Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich to go please

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In a remarkable tax maneuver, Google moved 10.7 billion euros (or $12 billion) through the Netherlands to Bermuda in 2014. As a result of this structuring, Google will earn most of its foreign income tax-free. Questions: 1. What is this tax strategy called and why? Why Bermuda? 2. Why has corporate tax avoidance risen to… Read more »

A Sign of the Times: Monopoly Changes

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In its newest edition of Monopoly called “Ultimate Banking,” Hasbro has decided to drop the dollar bills and replace them with credit cards. Questions: 1.When did Parker Brothers first start selling the Monopoly game? 2.How will players keep track of their property and money with this new version of the game? 3. What are some… Read more »

Chinese Exodus of Capital

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With the Chinese economy tanking, more and more wealthy families are trying to move large sums of money out of the country. As Mr. Bradsher notes in this article, “some methods are perfectly legal, like investing in real estate elsewhere, buying businesses overseas and paying off debts owed in dollars. Others, like Smurfing, are more… Read more »

Enormous Chinese Ponzi Scheme!

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A criminal investigation by Chinese officials has found that the online company, Ezubao, once a dynamo of the financial industry, offered mostly fake investment products to its nearly one million investors. This has highlighted the urgent need for tougher supervision of online financing system in the world’s second largest economy. Questions: 1. What interest rate… Read more »

Lack Luster Gold

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According to Ms. Pattanaik, GOLD is not the safe haven that it once was. In fact, she concludes that gold may only come back as a safe haven if the markets face even grimmer news than that of recent times. Questions: 1. According to the author, what are the reasons why investor panic is not… Read more »

The New Surge in Corporate Migrants: Is there an End?

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The federal government gave Johnson Controls a bailout in 2008 to avoid certain bankruptcy, along with its customers, the large automakers – General Motors and Chrysler. This week, Johnson Controls renounced its United States corporate citizenship by selling itself to Tyco International, based in Ireland. This deal was struck, in large part, to reduce an… Read more »

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs said it enforces tax rules impartially—regardless of a company’s size.

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Google has agreed to pay 130 million pounds (or about $185 million) in a tax settlement to U.K. authorities, where the British Labour Party criticizes the government’s handling of the case and the normal use of corporate tax strategy workarounds. Questions: 1. How far back in time does the settlement go to cover back taxes?… Read more »

Paranoia or Internal Control?

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Red Star Operating System is North Korea’s homegrown computer operating system that mirrors its political one. The latest version (circa 2013) is based on a version of Linux called Fedora and has the feel of Apple’s OSX. Questions: 1. What are the two major challenges the article said that Pyongyang faces? From an international business… Read more »