Stocks extend Losses

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There has been a lot of market movement since Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech last Friday. Questions: What did Powell say about interest rates? 2. What did the article say that Powell’s speech is trying to remind people about? 3. How high do you think interest rates will be raised? 4. What do the… Read more »

Access to Federal Reserve Alarms Financial Experts

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According to the Washington Post, notoriously risky cryptocurrency firms may be integrated into the traditional banking system under a little-noticed provision in a new bill that raises alarms among financial experts. Questions When was the bill introduced and what will it allow? What has happened to the digital asset market since early May? What are… Read more »

Trouble Ahead? Bad Economic Week

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Are we headed for a recession? Questions: What is the opinion of Goldman Sachs’ CEO? What did JPMorgan Chase’s CEO say? What did Elon Musk say? What is your opinion and why? Source: Mui, C. (2022). More than 60% of executives think a recession will hit soon, new survey finds. Fortune, June 17 (Retrievable online… Read more »

IRS destroys 30 M Paper returns due to Backlog

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According to Accounting Today, the IRS destroyed about 30 M paper-filed information returns in March 2021 due to its inability to process them. Questions: What does the IRS typically use the information returns for? Since 2014, what has been the overall percentage increase of business tax returns that are e-filed? In 2018, what was the… Read more »

Who’s on the FORBES AI 50 List this year?

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On Sunday, May 9, Forbes released its fourth annual artificial intelligence (AI) list of the top companies that will shape the future. Questions: As you can see from the list, there is significant breadth and depth of artificial intelligence. Which area do you see as most promising and why? How was the list compiled? How… Read more »

The Future is EV Energy

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According to The Verge, the Biden administration invoked the Defense Production Act for EV batteries and clean energy last week. Questions: What does this mean in the near term for certain types of mines in the U.S.? Are lithium batteries sustainable in the long-term? Discuss. What is the Defense Production Act? How do you see… Read more »

Finally the End for Nikola Motors (NKLA)?

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According to Electrek.com, Nikola Motors has lost almost its entire supply chain leadership over the last few months as the situation at the company is starting to look dire. Questions: Why has the founder of Nikola Motors been in the news over the past few years? Why did the company move away from developing a… Read more »

Are they the Bitcoin Bonnie and Clyde?

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According to the New York Times, Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan were charged with conspiracy to launder billions of dollars worth of Bitcoin.Credit. Questions: What was the Bitfinex hacking? What was the role of the complex shuffling of Bitcoin by the couple in the fraud in January 2017?   When the government executed a search… Read more »

Walmart’s Top E-commerce Omni Strategy Executive is Leaving

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Questions: When did Mr. Casey join Walmart? What company did he work at prior to coming to Walmart? By how much did Walmart’s global e-commerce sales increase during the nine months ended Oct. 31 as compared with the same period the prior year? What is Omni? Why do you think there is a post-holiday executive… Read more »

Kraft Heinz Fraud

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Today’s column offers a review of a clawback fraud; CFO.com explains that Kraft-Heinz (KHC) reported supplier contracts that made it appear as if expense savings were provided in exchange for past or same-year events performed by the company when, in reality, they were upfront payments in exchange for a future benefit from KHC. This was… Read more »