Next Time Wear a Cold Water Wetsuit

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According to CBS, Sacramento, a fleeing Ponzi scheme suspect is now in custody after a daring escape on a submersible scooter from FBI agents. Questions Who is the subject and what is alleged? Where did this take place? How long had the subject been under FBI surveillance? What is the sentence that the subject faces?… Read more »

Creating the Fifth Largest Retail Bank in the Nation

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According to the New York Times, PNC Financial Services said that it plans to acquire the U.S. business of the Spanish lender BBVA for $11.6 billion. Questions: Where is BBVA USA Bancshares headquartered? How many customers does PNC serve? What did PNC sell earlier this year to provide cash for other acquisitions? Source: Hirsch, L…. Read more »

Sad Times at Landmark Hotels

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This time of year is usually when America’s luxury hotels are starting to prepare for busy holiday parties and New Year’s Eve festivities. Unfortunately, most of these luxury hotels have lost well over half their business and told most of their staff that they are not needed. Questions: According to the article, the hotel industry… Read more »

Did you really get a good deal on Amazon Prime Day?

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Amazon’s extravaganza sale, Prime Day, is frequented by people who pay  annual or monthly fees to be specially treated with more ways to spend. But is this once a year event about really saving money or just being manipulated via behavioral finance? Questions: According to the article, what is behavioral finance? According to the article,… Read more »

General Electric on Notice by the SEC action

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According to the Washington Post and the regulatory filing, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned General Electric that it faces legal action in connection with its troubled insurance business. Questions: What is a Wells notice that the SEC issued to GE? What is the reason for the notice to GE, specifically? What will happen next… Read more »

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 »