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According to the Washington Post, minority women are starting firms at a pace more than double that of woman business owners overall, and nearly five times the pace of all company owners.

Questions:

  1. Who sponsored the new report?
  2. What was the growth rate for minority women between 2014 and 2019?
  3. What were the main industries where this growth took place?

Source:

Rosenberg, M. (2019). Minority women business creation jumps, report says. Washington Post, Sep. 23 (Retrievable online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/minority-women-business-creation-jumps-report-says/2019/09/23/ba4b82c6-de37-11e9-be7f-4cc85017c36f_story.html)

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According to Business Insider, hundreds of thousands of tourists have been left stranded after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to grant the collapsed travel firm Thomas Cook a bailout of £150 million, or about $186 million.

Questions:

  1. Explain Johnson’s idea of a moral hazard.
  2. How large is the Thomas Cook fleet of planes and jets?
  3. How long are some travelers expected to be stranded?
  4. How many U.K. and global employees does Thomas Cook have?
  5. What factors have contributed to the Thomas Cook bankruptcy?

Source:

Bienkov, A. Boris Johnson says he refused £150 million bailout for Thomas Cook because it risked ‘moral hazard’ for other firms. Business Insider, Sep. 23 (Retrievable online at https://www.businessinsider.com/boris-johnson-refused-grant-150-million-bailout-for-thomas-cook-2019-9/

Slotnick, D. Roughly 600,000 travelers are stranded around the world after the British travel provider Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy. Business Insider, September 22 (Retrievable online at https://www.businessinsider.com/thomas-cook-bankrupt-airline-stranded-rescue-2019-9?r=US&IR=T)

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Iran denies a recent drone attack on Saudi Arabia, as the strikes halve Saudi oil facility output, and President Trump vows to tap U.S. oil reserves.

Questions:

  1. What has happened to oil futures as a result of the attack?
  2. How is the Pentagon weighing in on the latest conflict?
  3. What was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s response?
  4. Discuss the Saudi production of oil and the significant effect that it may have on prices at the gas pump.

Source: Fahim, K., A. Gearan, E. Cunningham, and S. Mufson. (2019). Iran denies role in attacks on Saudi oil facilities; Trump says U.S. is ‘locked and loaded.’ The Washington Post, Sep. 15 (Retrievable online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/iran-dismisses-allegations-it-carried-out-crippling-attack-on-saudi-oil-facilities/2019/09/15/021b6822-d731-11e9-8924-1db7dac797fb_story.html)

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According to Business Insider, some CEO pay plans are so complicated that a powerful mathematical technique originally developed to understand the behavior of neutrons in an atom bomb explosion is now the most effective way to estimate what they are actually worth.

Questions:

  1. Where did the inspiration for the Monte Carlo simulation come from (according to a retrospective article)?
  2. As part of its policy on executive pay disclosure, what does the SEC require corporations to publish regarding executive compensation packages?
  3. In the last several years, it’s become increasingly common for CEOs and other top executives at public corporations to have their compensation packages tied to various financial performance goals and what does the Monte Carlo simulation provide to help us understand executive compensation?

Source:

Kiersz, E. (2019). A mathematical technique originally developed to help build the atomic bomb is now used to figure out how much CEO pay packages are worth — like with Elon Musk. Business Insider, Sep. 15 (Retrievable online at https://www.businessinsider.com/monte-carlo-simulations-calculate-value-of-ceo-pay-2019-8)

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According to Business Insider, with debt sitting at $9.2 trillion for the U.S. lending market, the industry has been the slowest to digitize and have had little incentive to remove friction from the customer application process.

Questions:

  1. What has Rocket Mortgage added to the industry to become the largest residential mortgage originator by volume?
  2. According to this article, how are legacy lenders responding to digital competitors like Rocket?
  3. Until now, why haven’t legacy lenders overhauled the application process?

Source:

Digalaki, E. (2019). How banks are striking back against Quicken Loans and other digital-first lenders in the $9 trillion US mortgage market. Business Insider, July 11 (Retrievable online at businessinsider.com/the-online-mortgage-lending-report-2019-7)

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According to a new study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, Black and Hispanic men seeking small business loans face more scrutiny and worse treatment from bank officers than less qualified white men.

Questions:

  1. What were the declines in government-backed lending to black business owners from 2008 to 2016?
  2. According to the study, what type of preferential treatment did white prospective borrowers receive?
  3. Which group was the only one that asked about their education level?
  4. According to the article, banks need better policies and training with respect to what area of lending?

Source:

Jan, T. (2019) Banking while black: Minority business owners with better credit scores than white counterparts face worse treatment and more scrutiny. The Washington Post, Sep. 6 (Retrievable online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/09/06/banking-while-black-minority-business-owners-with-better-credit-scores-than-white-counterparts-face-worse-treatment-more-scrutiny/)

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According to the New York Times, while Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook faces regulator scrutiny, Microsoft, which is worth more than all of these four combined, watches from the side-line.

Questions:

  1. According to this article, what has Microsoft learned from past antitrust investigations?
  2. How do market shifts and the evolution of Microsoft’s business over the years help explain the transformation?
  3. According to the article, which Microsoft CEO has helped Microsoft undergo a corporate personality change, becoming more outward looking and seeking the views of policymakers, critics and competitors?

Source:

Lohr, S. (2019). How Top-Valued Microsoft Has Avoided the Big Tech Backlash. The New York Times, Sep. 8 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/technology/microsoft-brad-smith.html )

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According to the New York Times, Big Tech (Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google) are being investigated by regulators and lawmakers regarding how these companies may have used their size and wealth to quash competition and expand their dominance.

Questions:

  1. Who are some of the regulators and lawmakers investigating Google and for what reason?
  2. What are some of the allegations against Amazon?
  3. What type of control are critics unhappy with regarding Apple?
  4. What type of antitrust criticism does Facebook face and why?
  5. According to the article, which Tech firms are being scrutinized by both the FTC and the EU?

Source:

Nicas, J., K. Weise, and M. Isaac. (2019). How Each Big Tech Company May Be Targeted by Regulators. The New York Times, Sep. 8 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/technology/antitrust-amazon-apple-facebook-google.html)

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According to the Washington Post, the number of employees able to reach millionaire status in their workplace retirement plans has hit record levels.

Questions:

  1. By how much did the number of Fidelity Investment 401(k) plans increase having $1 million or more over the 1st quarter of the year?
  2. Vanguard Investments also saw a spike in the number of millionaires by how much at the end of 2018?
  3. At Fidelity, how long has the average millionaire been contributing to his or her plan?
  4. What is the catch-up provision for workers older than 50? 

Source:

Singletary, M. (2019). The number of workers becoming retirement-plan millionaires hits record highs. The Washington Post, August 23 (Retrievable online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/personal-finance/the-number-of-workers-becoming-retirement-plan-millionaires-hits-record-highs/2019/08/22/e519c5dc-c512-11e9-b72f-b31dfaa77212_story.html)

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According to the New York Times, one of the largest active construction projects in the United States will produce more than 1 million tons of plastic a year and is operated by Royal Dutch Shell near Pittsburgh.

Questions:

  1. Where will pipelines for the plant be stretched and how many freight cars does it expect to have in its dedicated rail system?
  2. What is the controversy surrounding plastic? Discuss this in terms of the production versus disposal of plastic.
  3. What is fueling the boom to produce plastic?

Source:

Corkery, J. (2019). A Giant Factory Rises to Make a Product Filling Up the World: Plastic. The New York Times, August 12, (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/12/business/energy-environment/plastics-shell-pennsylvania-plant.html)