Unionization Cost Raises at Starbucks?

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According to the Washington Post, Starbucks illegally withheld wages and benefits from thousands of unionized baristas, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) alleged in a complaint Wednesday. Questions: How many Starbucks locations have voted to join the union? What does the NLRB seek as a result of the complaint? Explain the disparity in wages between… Read more »

Stocks extend Losses

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There has been a lot of market movement since Fed Chair Powell’s Jackson Hole speech last Friday. Questions: What did Powell say about interest rates? 2. What did the article say that Powell’s speech is trying to remind people about? 3. How high do you think interest rates will be raised? 4. What do the… Read more »

A Lawsuit in U.S. District Court to Stop The Merger of Two of the Largest Publishers

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According to The New York Times, Steven King, well-known author, testified as a witness for the government in its lawsuit to stop the merger of two of the largest publishers. Questions: What is the amount of the proposed acquisition? Who are the two publishers and which one is acquiring the other in this consolidation? How… Read more »

Layoffs Announced at Robinhood

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According to the New York Times, Robinhood announced layoffs for the second time this year. Questions: What is Robinhood? What percent of employees will be layed off in this second round? Why are the layoffs occuring? What roles in the company will be primarily affected? Source Kelley, L. and D. Yaffee-Bellany. (2022). Robinhood lays off… Read more »

CNN Profits Tank

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According to the New York Times, CNN profits have slumped for the first time in years. Questions: The network is on a pace to drop below its usual profit point. What is this point? What service did the newly formed Warner Bros. Discovery make when it took over CNN? What are some of the revenue… Read more »

Trouble Ahead? Bad Economic Week

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Are we headed for a recession? Questions: What is the opinion of Goldman Sachs’ CEO? What did JPMorgan Chase’s CEO say? What did Elon Musk say? What is your opinion and why? Source: Mui, C. (2022). More than 60% of executives think a recession will hit soon, new survey finds. Fortune, June 17 (Retrievable online… Read more »

Exploiting Inflation to Pad Bottom Lines

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According to The Washington Post, some companies are exploiting inflation to pad their bottom lines. Questions: What evidence indicates that companies are raising prices to exploit rather than in relation to underlying cost increases? If companies are passing on their own higher costs to consumers, their _______________ should stay roughly the same. How do analysts… Read more »

Failing Grade? Maybe or maybe not?

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According to Nigel Jaquiss, Portland was recently ranked 71st out of the largest 75 cities in America for its financial health by a national watchdog group. Questions: What is the name of the watchdog group? What does the failing grade stem from? What do city officials offer in defense of their denial of the group’s… Read more »

ID.me

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The IRS has implemented a new verification process for taxpayers who want to access their online tax accounts and self-help tools that includes taking a selfie and submitting a photo of their driver’s license or passport to the third-party service, ID.me. Questions: Why are they requiring this new authentication procedure? True or False: Selfies from… Read more »

What Type of Accounting Firm Would You Like to Start?

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Kyle Walters asks the question: ” As an accountant, would you rather be a dentist or a surgeon?” Questions: What does Walters’ question have to do with establishing an accounting firm? Which structure of an accounting firm best fits your goals and work habits? What is scope creep? What are the three components to consider… Read more »