Lufthansa to Pay Back Bailout

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Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to raise 2.14 billion euros ($2.5 billion) through a heavily discounted share sale as it strives to repay a German government coronavirus bailout. Questions: How will the airline group raise the money to repay this bailout? What does Lufthansa avoid with full repayment? What are the expectation of the airline for… Read more »

Nabisco Workers End Strike

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According to the New York Times, a contract dispute between Nabisco and its workers ended on Saturday, after protests and a strike that lasted several weeks. Questions: What is the name of the union that Nabisco workers belong to? Who owns Nabisco? What issues did unionized employees agree to? What changes will employees see in… Read more »

Changes in fair value measurement of equity securities proposed by FASB

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According to Accounting Today, the FASB is proposing changes in fair value measurement of equity securities that will improve comparability of financial information from companies with investments in equity securities that are subject to contractual restrictions and might prevent the sale of those securities. Questions: Why did fair value measurement complicate things during the 2008-2009… Read more »

Big Move by a credit reporting giant

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Credit rating giant TransUnion is buying Neustar, an identity resolution company for $3.1 Billion in cash. Questions: When is the deal expected to close? How much is Neustar expected to generate in 2021? What is the strategic benefit of Neustar for TransUnion? Who owned Neustar going back to the 1990s and today? What part of… Read more »

Faulty Software

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Postal Fleet Services, a St. Augustine Florida company,  states that problems with the U.S. Postal Service’s mileage-tracking program have forced them to slash jobs and opened them up to trucker lawsuits in three states. Questions: How long has the company been a trucking contractor for the U.S. Postal Service? Over what period did Postal Fleet… Read more »

The Continuing Saga

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According to the Washington Post, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said the SEC told the company that the upcoming product it is planning to offer is a type of security that should be registered with the government. Questions: What is Coinbase’s proposed product? Why does the SEC care? How does Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis… Read more »

Piece-Rate Work or Overtime Violations

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According to the Miami Herald, a Florida air-conditioning company has been taken to court for the seventh time since 1995 for failing to pay its employees what they are owed. Questions: What is the name of the company and where are they headquartered? What Act have they violated? What agency brings forth the violation suit?… Read more »

Alarm about Crypto Move into Banking

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According to the New York Times, with more companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts Washington is worried about how this might disrupt the banking industry with a lack of regulations. Questions: Which company was mentioned in the article as aspiring to be the J.P. Morgan Chase of cryptocurrency? What crypto platform temporarily lost… Read more »

Earnings Numbers Useless?

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In a recent article in Accounting Today, Baruch Lev discusses the poor quality and low relevance of corporate financial statements due to “a sad state of accounting standards.” Questions: Briefly list the three suggestions presented by Baruch Lev meaningful new agendas for accounting regulators. What examples does Professor Lev present as supporting the U.S. accounting… Read more »

Theranos Scandal Story Continues

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While speaking with four former Theranos employees about the upcoming trial of embattled CEO Elizabeth Holmes, CNBC found the former employees want the trial to be over and still fear retribution. Questions: What was Micah Nies’ position at Theranos? Do the former employees think Holmes will be found guilty? Why? What red flags of the… Read more »