Maybe not such a good business plan.

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In Crumbs Bake Shop’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC, the company disclosed that its auditors, Rothstein Kass, “expressed substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern.” Questions: 1. Since the IPO of Crumbs, how much has the stock dropped? 2. Explain the statement that Crumbs published in its 10-Q… Read more »

Tax is not so sweet!

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According to the New York Times, a new study indicates how taxes might be used to curb consumption of sugary drinks and suggests that applying a tax based on the amount of calories contained in a serving rather than its size would be more effective. Questions: 1. What are the relationships that the study mentioned… Read more »

Remember: Cash is King!

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According to McClatchy News, one in three buyers of U.S. homes is paying cash, which is a record high number. Florida topped all states for all-cash home sales, at 55 percent of cash sales during the first three months of this year. That’s on a par with 54 percent for all of last year and… Read more »

IBM Guards Age Data

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For approximately a decade, IBM has been giving fired employees information detailing a severance package that asks them to waive age-discrimination claims. This package also included a page listing the job titles and ages of workers being let go, until recently. Now IBM is withholding the information and instead offering the workers with the option… Read more »

Time to Cash In?

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During his eight years as steward of the world’s largest economy, Mr. Bernanke’s salary was about $200,000 a year. Now he makes that in just a few hours speaking to bankers, hedge fund billionaires and leaders of industry. Questions: 1. How much is Mr. Bernanke likely to make this year in speaking fees? 2. What… Read more »

Questions about Sales Tax

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Is a Twix bar food or candy? In 24 states, a Hershey’s bar is candy but a Twix isn’t. That’s because Twix contains flour, and in those states — which all share a sales tax code — candy is defined as being flour free. And since groceries aren’t taxed, you’ll pay taxes for the Hershey’s,… Read more »

Making An Embarrassing Case Disappear?

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According to Michael Devine, a freelance programmer who is one of the four plaintiffs named in the suit against tech giants Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, the companies are getting off far too lightly. With cash hoards of over $230 billion collectively, the settlement amount of this class action suit was about one-tenth of the… Read more »

Billing Outlier or Fraud?

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According to the Washington Post, Medicare spent $152 per member in the Huntsville, Ala., medical marketplace — 38 times the national average — for “unclassified” drug injections, including a type of injection used rarely around the country but used thousands of times a year at the Alabama Pain Clinic in Huntsville. Questions: 1. Why is… Read more »

Is the Federal Government a Risk to Turbo Tax: Read the Filings with the SEC?

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Free filing of taxes with the Federal government is a concept that has been endorsed by Presidents Obama and Reagan and is already a reality in some parts of Europe. But why isn’t it a reality? Liz Day’s article provides some evidence that the organization, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) has launched aggressive efforts… Read more »

Brave New World: The Interpretation of Liking a Product on Facebook

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In an April 16 New York Times article, Stephanie Strom reported that ” General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download… Read more »