“Home Equity Theft” ruled on by the Supreme Court

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According to Accounting Today, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a Minnesota county’s argument that a 94-year-old woman had no property interest in a condominium they seized from her and later sold for more than her unpaid taxes.  Questions: Source: Cohn, M. (2023). SCOTUS rules for 94-year-old in property tax case. Accounting Today, June 6 (Retrievable… Read more »

Higher Stock Ownership among Americans in 2023

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According to the Washington Post, 61 percent of Americans own stocks, which is the highest number since 2008. Questions: Source: Singletary, M. (2023) More Americans own stocks. This is great for their financial future. The Washington Post, June 6. (Retrievable at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/06/06/american-stock-ownership/)

Do more taxes mean better services?: A cautionary tale

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Generally, you equate the need for higher taxes in a city as a way to improve the environment. This blog looks at the city of Portland, Oregon. Questions: Source: Conerly, B. (2021) Death Of A City: The Portland Story? Forbes, Jan. 28 (Retrievable online at https://www.forbes.com/sites/billconerly/2021/01/28/death-of-a-city-the-portland-story/?sh=bff67ac74ad0) Constantz, J. (2023). The cities where high earners face… Read more »

OOPS! A $3 Billion Accounting Error

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According to Time, the Pentagon overcounted the value of weapons and other equipment sent to Ukraine by roughly $3 billion. Questions: Source: Hennigan, W. (2023) Pentagon Says Multi-Billion Dollar Accounting Mistake Means More Arms Funding for Ukraine. Time, May 18 (Retrievable online at https://time.com/6281063/pentagon-accounting-error-ukraine-arms-funding/)

Catastrophic Panic

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According to the Washington Post, small businesses are beginning to brace for a worst-case scenario of delayed payments, stalled projects and layoffs if the nation defaults on its debt. Questions: Source: Bhattarai, A. (2023). Small businesses are beginning to panic about a government default. The Washington Post, May 21 (Retrievable online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/05/20/debt-ceiling-small-business/)

Investing in an IRA at the last minute. Good idea?

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According to the New York Times, investing in an I.R.A. just before you file your taxes is better than not investing at all, but may not make as much sense as using the money to pay your bills.  Questions: Source: Sommer, J. (2023). Why Investing at the Last Moment Can Hurt Your Returns, February 25… Read more »

Vice Headed for Bankruptcy

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According to the New York Times, Vice, the digital-media company that earned investments by Disney and Fox prior to a crash-landing, is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to two people with knowledge of its operations. Questions: Source: Hirsch, L. and B. Mullin. (2023). Vice Is Said to Be Headed for Bankruptcy. The New York… Read more »

First Republic’s Problems

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According to the New York Times, the bank’s rivals appear on firmer footing this time, in contrast with the widespread panic after the failures of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank in March. Questions: Source: Cowley, S. (2023). In An Unsteady Banking Industry, First Republic’s Problems Stood Out. The New York Times, May 1 (Retrievable… Read more »

The Godfather Speaks about AI

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According to the New York Times, for half a century, Geoffrey Hinton nurtured the technology at the heart of chatbots like ChatGPT. Now he worries it will cause serious harm. Questions: Source: Metz, C. (2023). ‘The Godfather of A.I.’ Leaves Google and Warns of Danger Ahead. The New York Times, May 1 (Retrievable online at… Read more »

NBCUniversal CEO Out

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According to the Washington Post, the NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell will leave the company “effective immediately” following an investigation into a complaint of inappropriate conduct. Questions: Source: Kaur, A. (2023). NBCUniversal CEO departs after ‘inappropriate relationship’. The Washington Post, April 23 (Retrievable online at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2023/04/23/jeff-shell-ceo-nbcuniversal-leaves)