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 »

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 »