Under-capitalization costs lives

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According to the Washington Post, investigations show that Life Care Centers of America, one of the largest chains in the industry, violated federal standards meant to stop the spread of infections and communicable diseases even after outbreaks and deaths from COVID-19 began to sweep its facilities from the Pacific Northwest to New England. Questions What… Read more »

A Bigger Price for Relief

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According to the Washington Post, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (Cares) Act indicates that mortgagees have the right to ask for an initial forbearance of up to 180 days with interest accruing, but with fees and penalties are waived. Questions: What was actually happening when mortgagees contacted their mortgage companies for coronavirus relief?… Read more »

Sad Times for a Retail Icon!

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This week, J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection after a prolonged decline over the past 20 years, becoming the latest and largest retailer to fall during the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the industry. Questions: How many employees does this affect? When and where did the company start? How many stores does the company have… Read more »

Executives Defraud Chinese Pharmaceutical Company

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According to Bloomberg, China’s securities regulator blacklisted six executives for their role in a $4.2 billion accounting scandal at Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co., one of the country’s biggest drugmakers. Questions: What did the executives do? What did the firm admit to that allowed the fraud to occur? What was the problem with the fine ordered for… Read more »

Hey Top Spender!

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According to The New York Times, with travel dropping to near nothing and no resumption in sight, major airlines and hotels are offering their highest-spending customers many perks. Questions: What do these perks include? According to the President, the economy is going to bounce back to 2019 levels by the end of 2020. What do… Read more »

What’s your following worth?

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According to The New York Times, as the coronavirus continues to disrupt lives and livelihoods, influencers are offering free money to Instagram followers and gaining a lot more in return. Questions: What are popular personalities paying fans to do? Where does the cash come from? Although the cash offers on Instagram may look like lifelines… Read more »

Backing Out

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According to the Washington Post, Boeing has terminated a long-planned $4.2 billion deal with the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer after negotiations broke down shortly before a Friday night deadline. Questions: Had the deal gone through, what would have been Boeing’s stake in Embraer? How much of the value of its stock has Boeing lost in… Read more »

Deceptive Practices

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Progressive Leasing, which offers rent-to-own programs at major retailers like Best Buy and Lowe’s, has agreed to pay $175 million to settle allegations it misled consumers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Questions: What trade violations did the complaint allege? Why did FTC Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter say that the settlement did not go far… Read more »

Changes everywhere – Even in Hollywood

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Shooting in Hollywood is not expected to resume until August. That leaves a vast number of people without work.  Questions: What are the time elements involved in estimates that will affect postponing shooting until August? What are some of the factors why the large majority of people in the motion picture industry are now out… Read more »

Shake Shack

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The fast-food chain, Shake Shack, was among the businesses criticized for accessing emergency funds for small businesses from the U.S. federal government. Questions: What is the stimulus money to be used for? What has been the controversy associated with the funds? Why did the chain decide to return the loan money? Source: Ramzy, A. (2020)…. Read more »