A Big Shout Out!

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According to Huffington Post, even though Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island’s infrastructure in September, forcing TJ Maxx to shutter some stores there, the company has nevertheless been dutifully paying its employees ever since. Questions: 1. How much of the power had been restored to Puerto Rico when this article was written? 2. How… Read more »

Program at a Standstill!

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According to Mother Jones, in 10 months, the Trump administration has yet to approve a single claim to help defrauded students of such for-profit colleges as Corinthian or ITT. Questions: 1. Who is now calling on the Department of Education to resume helping students who borrowed loans from the fraudulent for-profit colleges? 2. Approximately how… Read more »

Avoiding the Taxman in Paradise!

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If you have not had a chance to read about the Paradise Papers, you owe it to yourself to read this article about Nike. Nike is avoiding taxes by charging themselves for intellectual property. This is a story involving grey areas and loopholes, tax havens and zero tax rates, and the movement of money and… Read more »

CVS bids for Aetna

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According to Reuters, CVS Health Corp., a U.S. pharmacy chain, made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer, Aetna Inc. for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion. Questions: 1. After the news, what happened to Aetna stock price? 2. Would this be a good “marriage,” in your opinion? 3. How… Read more »

A New Service from Amazon

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According to Reuters, Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, announced the premier of Amazon Key – a lock and camera system that users control remotely to let delivery associates slip goods into their houses. Questions: 1. What will be the cost? 2. How do you maintain privacy? 3. What is Wal-Mart testing that is a… Read more »

Netflix is all about Attracting New Subscibers

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According to Bloomberg, for Netlix, Inc., the third-quarter customer gains and a positive outlook for investors is all about new subscribers. Questions: 1. What is Netflix doing to attract new subscribers? 2. What is the company’s target price for its stock? 3. How many new subscribers are they projecting? 4. What makes big increases in… Read more »

It all depends on you!

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According to the New York Times, Disney has decided to commit to a legacy move by doubling down on the concept of streaming. At its side will be a little-known company known as Bam Tech. Questions: 1. Describe Bam Tech’s record of service and why it is so attractive to Disney. 2. From a strategic… Read more »

Where in the world is Catalonia?

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Under a separatist plan, the Catalan government has claimed a mandate for independence. Two million votes or so have been counted in support of a split with Spain. Questions: 1. Where is Catalonia located? 2. What is the history of this separatist plan? 3. Why should accounting and business students know about this? 4. According… Read more »

Has your credit information been stolen?

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As you probably already have heard, Equifax, one of three major credit reporting agencies, revealed that highly sensitive personal and financial information for around 143 million U.S. consumers was compromised in a cybersecurity breach that began in late spring. Later we learned of a second breach, that included about 100,000 Canadians and up to half… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey cruises

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As Hurricane Harvey begans to bear down on Texas, thousands of vacationers aboard cruise ships were left stuck at sea until the storm passed. Questions: 1. Approximately how many vacationers were stuck at sea near Galveston, Texas? 2. If guests wished to terminate their cruise, where were they taken to dock? 3. If you were… Read more »