Private Equity Firms and A Tax Strategy Investigation

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Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, is investigating abusive tax strategies at some of the nation’s largest private equity firms. As part of these efforts, last week, he subpoenaed documents from more than a dozen firms hoping to uncover conversion of certain management fees collected from their investors into fund investments, which are taxed… Read more »

Coming to a store near you: What are the cost and benefits of good health?

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Hy-Vee is the only grocery chain in the country that posts a registered dietitian in almost every one of its 235 stores. In rural areas, some of its more than 190 dietitians serve a cluster of stores. By doing this it capitalizes on growing consumer awareness of the role food plays in health and wellness… Read more »

Interesting Educational Strategy

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At U.S. colleges, like NYU and Northeastern, some freshmen are beginning their studies abroad during their first and even second semesters. According to Bloomberg, the strategy is one used by universities to enroll larger classes and get more tuition dollars. How? The universities use the students and their tuitions to fill the beds of midyear… Read more »

Hard Rock Expansion Plans

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The franchise, Hard Rock Café, is known for its rock’n’roll memorabilia. Located around the globe, the franchise is expanding its reach into hotels and casinos. Questions: 1. When did the franchise begin? 2. Strategically, why is the move into casinos a good, but difficult one? 3. The franchise rotates more than 70,000 pieces of music… Read more »

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

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Procter and Gamble (P&G) has operations in 41 countries and 126,000 employees, with annual sales of $84 billion. While these revenues are double that of its closest competitors, analysts and shareholders are beginning to wonder if the company might see faster growth if it split up. Questions: 1. What is the current stock price? What… Read more »

A New Trend?

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According to the Associated Press (AP), Chinese companies are withdrawing from the US stock market amid accusations of improper accounting by some companies, as well as complaints that low share prices do not reflect the true value of Chinese companies. On top of this, the AP note that a state bank has provided $1 billion… Read more »

What went up has come down

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Facebook’s stock price has been cut in half since the fanfare of the IPO hit the market three months ago. With this drop, both employee morale and employee stock issues have plummeted. This article provides some insight into what the future holds for those holding Facebook stock. Questions: 1. What is an employee lock-up release?… Read more »

Spreading money on your skin

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What are the most often prescribed drugs written for by dermatologists? They include generic creams and ointments that are used to treat skin rashes, scabies, and athlete’s foot. So aren’t generics suppose to be inexpensive. Unfortunately, not any more’; significant price increases in these generics are stumping doctors and patients. In a world of prescription… Read more »

Robo-Signing Redux

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Debt collection practices focusing on erroneous documents, incomplete records and generic testimony from witnesses in lawsuits by credit card companies is mirroring problems similar to those in the mortgage foreclosure process. According to Noach Dear, a civil court judge in Brooklyn, about 90% of the cases he sees are flawed and cannot prove who the… Read more »

Angie’s list

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By now you have probably heard of Angie’s List. Angie Hicks started the company in 1995 after a friend moved and had trouble finding reliable contractors. Originally started in Columbus, Ohio, the company has expanded to other national markets. There is a subscription fee to belong to this list that includes personal recommendations. Questions: 1…. Read more »