A Failed Deal and its Irreversible Consequences

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According to the New Yorker, Wisconsin won’t see Foxconn’s first U.S. manufacturing facility and the prospect of significant prosperity that stirred the hopes of a region still with dreams of clawing back the middle-class factory jobs from the middle of the twentieth century. Questions: 1. How long ago was the deal signed? 2. What were… Read more »

A Very Old Company leads to Disruption in a Valentine’s Day tradition

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What do you remember about Valentine’s Day in elementary school? Cards and Valentine’s Day candies with different sayings? But not this year! The cute, chalky little inscribed hearts will not be produced or sold this year after a 153-year tradition. Questions: 1. According to Kyle, how old was the company that made the Valentine’s candy… Read more »

Changes in some copyrights

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According to the New York Times, this coming year marks the first time in two decades that a large body of copyrighted works will lose their protected status — a shift that will have profound consequences for publishers and literary estates, which stand to lose both money and creative control. Questions: 1. Where can this… Read more »

No Severance Package – Board decision

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CBS’s board of directors on Monday said they will not give former CEO Les Moonves any of the $150 million severance package he was due under to his employment contract, a decision that follows a months-long sexual misconduct probe. Questions: 1. What was Les Moonves role at CBS? 2. What were the grounds for his… Read more »

Millennials: New Results from the Federal Reserve

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Millennials have preferences for consumption that differ significantly from those of earlier generations because: (a) they are anti-materialists and want less stuff. (b) they are less well-off than members of earlier generations were when they were young. (c) they have lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth. (d) answer choices (b) and (c) are correct…. Read more »

Biggest Ever!

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Cyber Monday proves to be the biggest shopping day ever! Because of this, according to Bloomberg, Cyber Monday may provide a big revenue boom for state and local governments. Questions: 1. What is the reason for the big revenue boom for state and local governments? 2. According to Kroll Bond Rating Agency, how much revenue… Read more »

Red-bottomed shoes

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Christian Louboutin’s trademark red-bottomed shoes have become iconic. Beyoncé wore a custom pair of boots for her Coachella performance and these shoes can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Questions: 1. Where did Christian Louboutin get the idea for the red soles? 2. According to the article, what combination of factors makes the shoes so… Read more »

Free Shipping!

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As Walmart, Target and Amazon launch a price war for merchandise in the weeks before Thanksgiving, they are now wooing customers with the promise of fast, efficient, no-cost shipping. On Monday, Amazon upped the ante by expanding free shipping to all customers through the holidays, with no minimum purchase required. Questions: 1. What do Prime… Read more »

Verizon breaking up wireless unit in reorganization

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Verizon Communications Inc.’s new chief executive is restructuring the carrier’s business lines, including its massive wireless business, in one of the first major organizational changes under his leadership. Questions: 1. Who are and will be the new leaders of the reorganized company? 2. When will the changes take place? 3. What is the divider in… Read more »

A Look at the Price Tag

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According to the Washington Post, with the $750 iPhone XR, arriving in stores on Friday, you have the opportunity to leap ahead to better technology — like a superior camera and more screen — without getting a nosebleed from the price tag. Questions: 1. What is the benefit with the XR battery? 2. What other… Read more »