Trouble in the Repo Market

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According to the Bank for International Settlements, the Financial Times reports that turmoil in the repo market was fueled by hedge funds need to borrow cash in order to drive returns on trades. Questions: What is the Repo market? Why is the pullback by bank lending a bad sign? Explain the increasingly popular hedge fund… Read more »

The Last Act

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After years of continually beating the market with quarterly revenue targets, Parker H. Petit, CEO of MiMedx Group, Inc., was sued by the SEC for  allegedly engaging in a “wide-ranging fraud” to inflate revenue. Questions: What is the industry type in which MiMedx operates? What were the ways in which the company perpetrated the fraud?… Read more »

Hacked and Sold

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According to a ZDNet investigation, hackers commandeered user accounts for Disney Plus’ new streaming service. As a result, hackers locked users out, changed authorization log-ins, and sold the hacked accounts for as little as $3 each. Questions: Does this happen with other streaming services? If so, what are some of the other services mentioned? What… Read more »

The Value of Virtual Reality in Business

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According to BusinessInsider.com, virtual reality (VR) has been historically associated with consumer-facing gaming, but it’s been gaining traction in companies lately. Questions: According to the article, what companies are actively using VR? How are they using it? How has this driven up the revenue from the hardware and software of VR? What other sources can… Read more »

Big Business Bust

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This week, Aventura Technologies in Long Island, allegedly tried to conceal the fact that Chinese-made surveillance and security equipment were made in America. Questions: Agents from which bureaus raided the company? How long has the scheme been going on and how does that compare to the ACFE’s average time for this type of fraud? Who… Read more »

The End of Another Department Store Icon

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According to the New York Times, the end of Barney’s, the famed department store, involved executives crisscrossing the globe, all-night strategy sessions, last-minute alliances, and attempts to sway public opinion. However, all these attempts led to bankruptcy. Questions: What happened to Barney’s in bankruptcy court? How many full-time employees will be affected? Gene Pressman, a… Read more »

How much profit do you make?

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For $250, you can now buy Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones, which are a smaller set of headphones with water resistance, active noise cancellation, and new touch functionality for phone users. Questions: According to the article, how much did the price increase over the previous model? What other competitors does the article mention? Which function mentioned… Read more »

Italy’s new web tax

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Last week, Italy approved a new tax on giant digital companies, which President Donald Trump has threatened to retaliate against. Questions: According to draft legislation, what are some of the U.S. companies that will be obliged to pay a 3% levy on internet transactions? How much is the Italian government expected to recoup from the… Read more »

A Deep Freeze for GE Pensions

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According to the WSJ, General Electric Co. said it was freezing its pension plan for about 20,000 U.S. workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees, as the conglomerate joins the ranks of U.S. companies phasing out a guaranteed retirement. Questions: Who is the CEO? The video said the CEO has been aggressive. What has he… Read more »

Not too Early for Christmas Lists

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Last week, according to CNET, Amazon showed off a new batch of Alexa-powered products. Questions: There were two themes to these products according to CNET. What were these themes? What company has Amazon acquired that was scrutinized for its work with police departments across the country? Research why. Which device sounds the most interesting to… Read more »