Amusement and Theme Park Woes

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During 2020, amusement and theme parks have reduced operating days, slashed ticket prices, and closed early for the year because of lower-than-hoped attendance. Questions: In what state have theme and amusement parks been closed since mid-March? What was one of the most surprising issues in the article? Which park has ” social distance squads”? Source:… Read more »

Brave New World: What Will We Lose?

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According to this article, there are 9 everyday experiences that we may not see again. Questions: What are these 9 experiences? Are any of these experiences economically essential? Explain. Which experience do you least agree with as being extinct? Why? Which experience would you add to this list? Source: Pincus-Roth, Z. (2020). 9 everyday experiences… Read more »

A new model for distillery owners

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Through entrepreneurial spirit, craft distilleries are moving into a new business model during the pandemic. Questions: Roughly, how many craft distilleries are there in the U.S.? Why has the pandemic closed or limited tasting room sales? Based on the entrepreneurial spirit of the craft distilleries and according to the article, what does the new model… Read more »

Big Overhaul at SEC

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According to Accounting Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules to reduce the number of disclosures of business, legal proceedings and other risk factors, including environmental and human capital risks, that public companies are required to make. This is seen as probably the biggest overhaul of Regulation S-K disclosures in more than three decades…. Read more »

Cyber Security Breaches increase 300 percent for CPAs during Pandemic

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With many accounting practices rushing to provide access for remote employees and clients (without fully understanding security implementations), cyberattacks on CPA practices of all sizes has increased 300 percent during the COVID pandemic. Questions: What do the cybercrimals do as part of a ransomware attack? Why are firewalls and antivirus software no longer enough to… Read more »

Delivery or Eat In?

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According to this article, achievers are focused, polished, confident and have a career in their crosshairs. However, the rest of the population usually bounces among jobs and interests for a while, discovering talents and through experimenting, eventually stumble on a ”calling.” This article details one such person. Questions: What business was Shana Greenbaum starting? What… Read more »

Hedge Funds Feed off of the Troubles at Malls

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According to the New York Times, as the COVID pandemic accelerates the demise of some brick-and-mortar retailers, hedge fund investors profit handsomely. Questions: Who was Catie McKee, hedge fund analyst talking to last October about her investment strategy? How much did the investor(s) make for the trade within Ms. McKee’s firm that more than doubled… Read more »

Tik Tok Sues the U.S.

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Tik Tok sued the U.S. government for the policy of the Trump Administration that deprives it of its due process of blocking the app from operating in the country. Questions: Where was the lawsuit filed? What was the other app besides Tik Tok that Trump issued a ban against? How many workers does Tik Tok… Read more »

Kellogg’s Big Investment

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Since Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s already sends a huge number of its MBAs into technology fields, it is investing even more in tech as a future home for its graduates.   Questions: What percentage of Northwestern Kellogg’s MBA Class of 2019 went into jobs in the tech industry? What is Northwestern’s current popular program even… Read more »

Over-Worked and Under-Appreciated

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According to the Washington Post, grocery workers across the country say morale is crushingly low as the pandemic wears on with no end in sight. Questions: Why do grocery workers feel a renewed sense of expendability? Why do grocery workers feel like this is a dead end job? What was different in March and April… Read more »