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 »

Long Awaited Agreement is Only a First Step

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According to Thomson Reuters, the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) on Aug. 26, 2022, finally signed an agreement with Chinese authorities that will allow the board to inspect and investigate audit firms based in China and Hong Kong whose clients trade on American exchanges. Questions: When will the PCAOB start inspections? What were… 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 »

Insider Trading

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According to the Washington Post, Stephen Buyer, ex-GOP Congressman from Indiana, is accused of exploiting nonpublic information in his role as a corporate consultant to reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits. Questions: Which arm of the government charges individuals with insider trading? During what period did Buyer act on insider trading information? What… Read more »

Access to Federal Reserve Alarms Financial Experts

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According to the Washington Post, notoriously risky cryptocurrency firms may be integrated into the traditional banking system under a little-noticed provision in a new bill that raises alarms among financial experts. Questions When was the bill introduced and what will it allow? What has happened to the digital asset market since early May? What are… Read more »

Largest Penalty Fine Ever by the SEC for Ernst &Young (EY) Cheating

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According to the New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said the cheating involved hundreds of EY’s workers from 2017 to 2021, resulted in the largest penalty ever imposed by the agency against an auditing firm. Questions: What amount was the fine imposed by U.S. securities regulators? What were the three (3) charges… 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 »