Trouble in the Repo Market

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According to the Bank for International Settlements, the Financial Times reports that turmoil in the repo market was fueled by hedge funds need to borrow cash in order to drive returns on trades. Questions: What is the Repo market? Why is the pullback by bank lending a bad sign? Explain the increasingly popular hedge fund… Read more »

Darkness Expands

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Kroger, one of the largest supermarket chains, is partnering with an Indianapolis startup called ClusterTruck in order to open delivery-only kitchens, known as  “dark” or “ghost” kitchens in Indianapolis, Columbus, and Denver. Questions: What is the new Kroger concept called? Who do they see as their competitors and their advantage over competitors? According to the… Read more »

Falsified Data

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According to the Associated Press, an investigation showed that the Kansas City School District falsified attendance data for three years in a bid to regain full accreditation from the state. Questions: 1. What was the result of overreporting attendance? 2. How many officials were involved in the 3-year scam from 2013 to 2016? 3. How… Read more »

Google checking accounts

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According to the Washington Post, Google plans to add checking accounts from Citigroup and a credit union to its Google Pay digital wallet in 2020. Questions: What is Google Pay? Who is Google currently working with to push its finance arena? How many banks already offer transactions via Google Pay in the U.S.? Source: Anderson,… Read more »

Hacked and Sold

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According to a ZDNet investigation, hackers commandeered user accounts for Disney Plus’ new streaming service. As a result, hackers locked users out, changed authorization log-ins, and sold the hacked accounts for as little as $3 each. Questions: Does this happen with other streaming services? If so, what are some of the other services mentioned? What… Read more »

What were these guys thinking?

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According to the Washington Post, two Southwest Airlines pilots allegedly hid a camera in a plane’s lavatory and live-streamed the video to an iPad mounted on the windshield of the cockpit aboard a flight, according to a lawsuit filed by a flight attendant. Questions: What type of suit is this? When did this incident happen?… Read more »

How much profit do you make?

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For $250, you can now buy Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones, which are a smaller set of headphones with water resistance, active noise cancellation, and new touch functionality for phone users. Questions: According to the article, how much did the price increase over the previous model? What other competitors does the article mention? Which function mentioned… Read more »

Italy’s new web tax

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Last week, Italy approved a new tax on giant digital companies, which President Donald Trump has threatened to retaliate against. Questions: According to draft legislation, what are some of the U.S. companies that will be obliged to pay a 3% levy on internet transactions? How much is the Italian government expected to recoup from the… Read more »

Exxon Fraud Case Begins

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According to The Earth Island Journal, New York prosecutors working for then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued their first subpoenas in 2015 to Exxon, claiming that the oil giant used two sets of books and misled investors by downplaying the potential costs of carbon emissions. Next week, the case is actually coming to trial. Questions: Is… Read more »

A New Finance Chief for a 157-year old Company

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Jennifer Hamann will become the new CFO for the Union Pacific Corporation. Questions: Where is the Union Pacific Corporation headquartered? What areas does the article indicate that she will heavily scrutinize? What financial metrics is Ms. Hamann looking at? What changes were made to Union Pacific’s capital structure prior… Read more »