Bachelor Parties and Millennials

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According to Time magazine, millennials spend an average of $1,532 to be a guest at a single weekend for a bachelor party. Questions: 1. How much on average do millennials spend to be a guest at bachelorette parties? 2. How much on average do millennials spend on the big day of the wedding? 3. Does… Read more »

Let’s Eat with Amazon!

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According to Reuters, “Amazon.com Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business.” Questions: 1. What are some of the dishes that Amazon plans to offer? 2. What… Read more »

Is this fraud?

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According to Bloomberg, “CVS Health Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. were sued by California customers who accused the drugstore operators of charging co-payments for certain prescription drugs that exceed the cost of medicines.” Questions: 1. What do Schultz’s and Grabstulz’s lawsuits claim in specific terms? 2. Cases have also been filed against which health… Read more »

The Cost of Drugs: Generic or Maybe Not….

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The standard advice for consumers is: if you are prescribed a medicine, always ask if there is a cheaper generic. Questions: 1. According to the article, why are consumers told the opposite on some drugs – take name brand drugs and pay a higher co-pay? 2. What does Dr. Diller mean by “It’s Alice-in-Wonderland time… Read more »

Gosh, D.C., maybe it really IS a crisis!

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When you look at middle-class manufacturing jobs. many do not even require a high school diploma but pay $15 to $25 an hour and offer full benefits. So why aren’t they being filled? As Nelson Schwartz indicates in this article, the problem is that too many applicants — nearly half, in some cases — fail… Read more »

Another Sad Wells Fargo Story

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According to the New York Times, more than 800,000 people who took out car loans from Wells Fargo were charged for auto insurance they did not need, and some of them are still paying for it, according to an internal report prepared for the bank’s executives. Questions: 1. How many customers were forced into delinquency… Read more »

A new manipulation of stock

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Kamilla Bjorlin, actress appearing in movies with Al Pacino and Anthony Hopkins, as well as countless lesser roles, is now looking at possibly her biggest role in defending herself against SEC charges against a modern “pump-and-dump” scheme. Questions: 1. According to the SEC complaint, what was Bjorlin’s firm’s role in driving up the stock of… Read more »

Wiped Away

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Tens of thousands of people who took out private loans to pay for college but have not been able to keep up payments may get their debts wiped away because critical paperwork is missing. Questions: 1. How much do the troubled loans total? 2. According to the article, what is this situation reminiscent of? 3…. Read more »

Repealing an effective policy without immediate replacement? Good idea?

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In June, the secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, announced plans to dismantle a set of Obama-era policies devised to protect students and taxpayers from predatory for-profit colleges. However, data released in the final days of the previous administration shows that the existing rules were more effective at shutting down bad college programs than even the… Read more »

Don’t order the chicken

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The first known shipment of cooked chicken from China reached the United States last week, after a very publicized trade deal between the Trump administration and China. But consumer groups and former food-safety officials are warning that the chicken could pose a public health risk. Questions: 1. What are the health risks? 2. What are… Read more »