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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sometimes Things Don’t End Up the Way they are Planned

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According to the New York Times, Delta Airline’s foray into oil refining in 2012 illustrates some of the reasons that the business was in trouble even before the pandemic. Questions: What was the bold experiment that Delta Air tried? What were the flaws in Delta’s strategy? What is the most immediate concern of the refinery… Read more »

Chevron’s Big Merger

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Despite the sharp decline for oil and gas, Chevron agreed on Monday to buy Noble Energy for roughly $5 billion. Questions Why might this be such an important move? Why did Noble decide to sell? How many North American oil producers have filed for bankruptcy this year? Source: Krauss, C. (2020). Chevron Deal for Oil… Read more »

Closing its Doors

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According to the New York Times, the famed discount department store, Tati in Paris, is closing its doors. Questions: Why is the store so famous? Why is the store closing? Who is the owner of Tati? What store in the U.S. would you compare Tati to, based on the article description? Source: Nossiter, A. (2020)…. Read more »

Interesting News: Open-Source Protective Filter

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According to Forensic Magazine, consumers of media content today face a number of challenges in determining the trustworthiness of the information they find online, particularly with the new phenomena of deepfakes. Questions: Has this been used yet to perpetrate a financial fraud? Can you think of a way that it could be used for fraud… Read more »

What a Sad Day: Say It Ain’t So!

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According to the Dayton Daily News, the parent company of Chuck E. Cheese has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy “in order to overcome the financial strain resulting from prolonged COVID-19 related venue closures” and to restore the kids-entertainment-and-pizza chain to a position of long-term success, according to a release from CEC Entertainment, Inc. All across… Read more »