Way to go Detroit!

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Chrysler has turned its first profit since leaving bankruptcy two years ago. The company reported first-quarter net income of $116 million and revenues of $13.1 billion on Monday. The profit is a milestone in Chrysler’s long road back to health after its 2009 bankruptcy. It last reported a profit in 2007. Questions: 1. What percentage… Read more »

Company Profile: Weight Watchers International Inc.

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Weight Watchers’ CEO talks about keeping the company trim and profits healthy. Weight Watchers International, Inc. (WWI) is a consumer company and the provider of weight management services, operating through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. Questions: 1.  According to the video, how much do consumers pay for Weight Watcher products? Discuss whether you… Read more »

Love those 50’s Cars!

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Cuba’s Raul Castro has outlined hundreds of reform measures in preparation for the big Communist Party Congress that starts this weekend, the first since 1997. Among these, Cuba’s cars and homes will go on sale soon as part of sweeping economic changes. These major changes include Cuba’s property laws. The reforms could lead to a… Read more »

Risky Bonds? Where do you put your money?

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With bond yields so low and the potential downgrading of bonds, is it a good idea to substitute dividend-paying stocks for bonds? Some would say yes, since dividend-paying stocks yield more than some bonds, and have more upside potential. But there’s no getting around the fact that stocks, including dividend-paying stocks, are generally more volatile… Read more »

Dwelling House is no more

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A Pittsburgh woman has pleaded guilty to bank fraud and money laundering for taking advantage of an online glitch that enabled her to make $1.1 million in overdraft withdrawals. Forty-six-year-old Jammie Harris learned of the glitch from another woman. That woman was indicted in January on charges that she stole more than $900,000 from Dwelling… Read more »

Not too squeaky clean

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A suit called GSP Finance LLC v. KPMG LLC was filed on March 29 with GPS alleging that KPMG “was well aware of the desperate financial condition of Hicks Sports” — specifically, the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars — when it was hired to conduct the ’08 audit. The suit says Hicks Sports Group suffered… Read more »

Where’s the paper trail?

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As more and more Americans face mortgage foreclosure, banks’ crucial ownership documents for the properties are often unclear and are sometimes even bogus, a condition that’s causing lawsuits and hampering an already weak housing market. Docx, and companies like it, were recreating missing mortgage assignments for the banks and providing the “legally required signatures” of… Read more »

Elizabeth Taylor: A Life of Profits

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On March 23, 2011, Elizabeth Taylor died at the age of 79. She was synonymous with glamour and class,  won two Oscars and at the pinnacle of her career, was the highest paid actress in the world. In later life, Taylor also distinguished herself as a businesswoman with her own line of perfume and became… Read more »

What do you think?….An Economic Form of Grave Robbing?

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Today the right of publicity clearly allows people to control the commercial use of their names and images during their lives. What happens after death is much murkier. Throughout much of the world, the right of publicity ends at death, after which a person’s identity becomes generally available for public use. In the United States,… Read more »

There’s More to Toxic Than Meets the Eye

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As a way of tracking the housing crisis, an NPR investigative team bought a toxic asset.  While it was filled with home loans from people across the country who borrowed more than they could afford, it also contained at least one mortgage that was a part of a $200 million mortgage fraud scheme. The house… Read more »