Pharell Williams, Grammy-winning singer and producer, pitched his idea for a surf park in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2017. Now there’s a bit of action on the long-awaited project. Questions: Source: Smith, A.N. (2023) Pharrell Williams-Backed Surf Park to Tap $121 Million of Bonds. The Washington Post, Jan. 31 (Retrievable online at… Read more »
Posts Tagged: bonds
A Bad Year for Bonds
According to the New York Times, although it has been a bad year for bonds, the future appears to be brighter. Questions: Should you buy bonds as a speculative bet for 2023? What did the period from January through October 2022 look like for bonds? What are the long-term prospects for bonds, according to the… Read more »
Have you considered Inflation Bonds?
According to the New York Times, rising prices have affected both consumer goods and some government savings bonds. However, they could also benefit investors looking for safe spaces for their money. Questions: What type of return will the new series I savings bonds, known as inflation bonds to be issued in the next six months,… Read more »
Debt backed by Frequent Flyer Programs
According to CNBC, American Airlines is planning to issue $5 billion in bonds and seek a $2.5 billion loan backed by its frequent flyer program to pay back some of its debt used to help survive during the COVID crisis. Questions: How do airlines make money from their frequent flyer programs? What is the loan… Read more »
Accounting for Coronavirus
According to the Washington Post, some companies are adopting an innovative approach to accounting for the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their earnings: they’re leaving it out. Questions: What is Ebitda and why is it so important? How does Ebitdac work? Who’s using it? What is your opinion of this practice? Source: Lindell,… Read more »
Trapped by Debt?
Belkin Antonio Hernandez-Vargas was desperate to see his wife and get out of U.S. custody, so he turned to one of the biggest names in the business of helping immigrant detainees secure bail bonds. As a result, the company Libre by Nexus helped Belkin, an El Salvadorian secure an $8,000 bond after he was able… Read more »
A Christmas Miracle?
A single father stumbles upon $50K in bonds in a discarded Christmas box and tries to return the money to the owner. Questions: 1. What are bearer bonds? What types of journal entries are associated with them for the issuer? Give examples. 2. What had Mr. Tran done that made these bonds worthless? What do… Read more »
Beware of rising rates
This video offers advice for you on when to lock in low interest rates and pay off credit card debt. Questions: 1. Why does the bond market have so much affect on your life? 2. Why would you want to be as aggressive as you can to pay down credit card debt? 3. Why are… Read more »
Feds Catch Bid-Rigging Bankers
Federal authorities are pursuing legal action against bankers accused of systematically defrauding states, local governments and non-profits. The ongoing probe is focusing on bankers who have colluded about the offers they’ve made as they bid on contracts to invest municipal bond proceeds. Questions: 1. What is bid-rigging? Summarize the way in which the suspect bankers… Read more »
Sears and Kmart Close Stores
Sears Holding Corp. is ending the year on a bitter note. The company, which earlier this week posted a list of 79 out of the up to 120 Sears and Kmart stores it plans to close and was then downgraded by Fitch Ratings, is now watching its stock bleed out to a new low. In… Read more »