Cashing in

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According to Bloomberg.com, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai is about to have a very big week. Questions: 1. An award of 353,939 restricted shares he received before a promotion in 2014 will vest. What does this mean? 2. How big it the payout to this executive? 3. How did the award swell in value?… Read more »

Mesh Lawsuits

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This New York Times article exposes a growing industry that makes money by coaxing women into having surgery — sometimes unnecessarily — so that they are more lucrative plaintiffs in lawsuits against medical device manufacturers. Questions: 1. What is the role of lawyers in this industry? 2. What is the role of marketers in this… Read more »

Big Bad Pharma

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According to the New York Times, Trump administration officials are seeking ways to lower drug costs but target pharmaceutical companies that refuse to provide samples of their products to generic drug companies, making it impossible to create inexpensive generic copies of a brand-name medicine. Questions: 1. Argue both sides of this issue as a good… Read more »

Enough to eat?

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According to the Washington Post, researchers at Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that 36 percent of students at 66 surveyed colleges and universities do not get enough to eat, and a similar number lack a secure place to live. Questions: 1. What do the researchers blame the problem on? 2. What does… Read more »

The Top Frauds of 2017

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Monica Vaca, the Associate Director of the Division of Consumer Response and Operations at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just released the results from last year regarding the top frauds of 2017. Topping the list of reported frauds are the imposter scams, with nearly 350,000 reported. Questions: 1. How many people fell for someone pretending… Read more »

Cyclic Component of the Labor Force Participation Rate

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According to Bloomberg, U.S. central bankers seem to feel that when it comes to employment, they’ve done about as much as they can. As a result, the Federal Reserve’s Monetary Policy Report (released last week) concluded that the labor market was “at or a little beyond full employment.” Questions: 1. If you boil the whole… Read more »

Program at a Standstill!

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According to Mother Jones, in 10 months, the Trump administration has yet to approve a single claim to help defrauded students of such for-profit colleges as Corinthian or ITT. Questions: 1. Who is now calling on the Department of Education to resume helping students who borrowed loans from the fraudulent for-profit colleges? 2. Approximately how… Read more »

Walmart Gaining on Amazon!

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According to the Washington Post, Walmart, which has worked hard to shed its image as an old-school retailer, recently offered proof that its efforts are working: Online sales rose 50 percent, the company said, as more Americans flocked to Walmart.com for everyday items. Questions: 1. After the announcement about the increase in online sales, what… Read more »

Change Afoot?

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According to the Guardian, fathers and adoptive parents are demanding more paid family leave similar to that paid to new moms. Executives were confronted at the annual meeting of Starbucks shareholders in March by a barista claiming unequal family leave for some. Questions: 1.What group is going to pressure the company to be more equal… Read more »

A World without Stores? Where will we hangout?

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According to CNN, America’s long-standing love affair with shopping at malls and department stores may be nearing an end. Questions: 1. Compare the drop in jobs at shopping mall retail stores Between 2001 and 2016 and those jobs at coal mines. What does this say? 2. What are the demographics of workers at shopping mall… Read more »