Walmart vs. Amazon: A Grocery War?

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Questions: 1. Do you see this as a competition between Walmart and Amazon? Why or why not and are there any other players in the grocery war? 2. According to the video, why didn’t Walmart just create their own logistical team rather than use Uber and Lyft? 3. Would you be willing to pay $7… Read more »

Here we Go Again? Another Enron?

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Short-seller and hedge fund manager, Jim Chanos, contends that the Alibaba Group is as problematic in its accounting positions as the now-defunct, corrupt energy giant, Enron. Questions: 1. What part of the company’s operations are most problematic and why? 2. What does cash flow have to do with this story? 3. What does Chanos claim… Read more »

A Fraud Caught by a Channel-Surfing Judge!

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Dance Moms, a show on Lifetime TV is in its 6th season. The host is Abby Lee Miller, who is facing 20 counts of fraud due to allegations that she fudged specifics when it came to a bankruptcy filing. If found guilty on all counts, Ms. Miller is facing $5 million in fines and five… Read more »

Suit without merit?

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A $5 million suit was filed in Federal court alleging that Starbuck’s is deceiving customers by filling drinks with too much ice. Questions: 1. Based on the allegation, do you think that Starbuck’s should report the lawsuit as a contingency in their upcoming annual report? Why or why not? 2. Besides claiming that too much… Read more »

Here we Go Again! Contracts for Deed!

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In the 1930s through the 1960s, most African-Americans could not get mortgages. This was because the U.S. government deemed neighborhoods where they lived ineligible for federal mortgage insurance, which was the Depression-era innovation that made mortgages widely affordable. As a result, hucksters moved in and peddled homeownership through contracts for deed, where the home seller… Read more »

Can you Alter what the Internet says about you? Ask UC – Davis.

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To improve the reputation of the University of California, Davis, and its Chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, after the November 2011 pepper spraying of students, the university contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub negative online Internet postings about the incident. Questions: 1. Explain what percentage the strategic communications budget increased by from 2009… Read more »

Pet Valuation: A slippery slope or not?

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The Monyak family decided to board their 2 dogs when they took a vacation in France. The Monyaks gave special instructions to the caretakers to give an anti-inflammatory prescription to one of the dogs. Unfortunately, the kennel gave it to the wrong dog who died from an overdose shortly after the family returned. The Monyak’s… Read more »

The benefits of offshore without leaving the country

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For wealthy Americans looking to veil their assets and shield some of their income from taxation, there is no need to go to Panama or any other offshore tax haven. According to the New York Times, it’s easy to establish a shell corporation right here at home and virtually no questions are asked. Questions: 1…. Read more »

Cheap Rent in San Francisco

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According to the Washington Post, Peter Berkowitz and his roommates came up with an innovative way to find affordable housing in San Francisco. Questions: 1. Why is the cost of living so high in San Francisco? 2. What are some of the other housing alternatives mentioned in the article? 3. How does the median rent… Read more »

The Bottom Line

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More than 250,000 of Corinthian Colleges’ victims will be able to get out from under massive and fraudulent student loan debts, Education Secretary John King will announce Friday in Boston. Questions: 1. What is the big asterisk that the article refers to? 2. How many schools and how many states are involved in this scam?… Read more »