Under Trump Administration, CFPB scraps requirements to ensure that borrowers can cover basic expenses before loans

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According to the Guardian, the Trump administration plans to abolish key parts of an Obama-era rule that was aimed at protecting vulnerable borrowers from amassing untenable debts from payday loans. Questions: 1. How high can the interest rate be from some payday lenders? 2. What is the Trump administration argument for scrapping the basic expense… Read more »

What is More Important? Jobs or Happiness?

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A Finnish nationwide experiment with basic income has not increased employment among those participating in the two-year trial, but their general well-being seems to have increased. Questions: 1. How much did randomly selected, unemployed people aged 25-58 get in tax-free income each month? (U.S. dollars) 2. What were most people worried about related to any… Read more »

Resignation of another CEO

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Herbalife’s chief executive has resigned over unspecified comments he made before taking leadership of the Los Angeles supplement maker. Questions: 1. What did his previous remarks relate to? 2. Who is CEO Goudis’ replacement and what is the replacement’s background? 3. Why has Herbalife been in the news since 2015? Source: Pazzanghera, J. (2019). Herbalife… Read more »

A Failed Deal and its Irreversible Consequences

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According to the New Yorker, Wisconsin won’t see Foxconn’s first U.S. manufacturing facility and the prospect of significant prosperity that stirred the hopes of a region still with dreams of clawing back the middle-class factory jobs from the middle of the twentieth century. Questions: 1. How long ago was the deal signed? 2. What were… Read more »

A Very Old Company leads to Disruption in a Valentine’s Day tradition

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What do you remember about Valentine’s Day in elementary school? Cards and Valentine’s Day candies with different sayings? But not this year! The cute, chalky little inscribed hearts will not be produced or sold this year after a 153-year tradition. Questions: 1. According to Kyle, how old was the company that made the Valentine’s candy… Read more »

Oh the times….they are a changin’

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According to the New York Times, these are the less-than-elegant last days of what, in the days when department stores were destinations, was one of New York City’s most elegant: Lord & Taylor, a fortress on Fifth Avenue. Questions: 1. What was the guilt about? 2. Was the article really about the store? 3. What… Read more »

Sentinel Capital Partners New Acquisition

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Sentinel Capital Partners’ new acquisition is Pet Supplies Plus (PSP), as of December 2018. Questions: 1. What are the benefits for PSP of being acquired? 2. How old are the franchise and company-operated stores and where was the company established? 3. How widespread is the chain, geographically? 4. What are the benefits of the acquisition… Read more »

Costs versus Care

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According to Boing-Boing.net, sleep apnea, which is a fast-growing health complaint among Americans, has triggered a set of deceptive and unethical measures by US health insurers to shift the cost of CPAP machines through price gouging to the people who must use them to remain healthy. Questions: 1. Calculate the percentage of the transaction that… Read more »

Millennials: New Results from the Federal Reserve

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Millennials have preferences for consumption that differ significantly from those of earlier generations because: (a) they are anti-materialists and want less stuff. (b) they are less well-off than members of earlier generations were when they were young. (c) they have lower earnings, fewer assets, and less wealth. (d) answer choices (b) and (c) are correct…. Read more »

What’s a San Francisco restaurant without labor? Closed…..

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According to the Guardian, even hiking the minimum wage to $15 an hour and requiring health benefits, as San Francisco has done, hasn’t been enough to maintain a healthy heartbeat in the restaurant industry labor market, because the median price for a San Francisco rental is $4,550. Questions: 1. In the article, Gwyneth Borden, executive… Read more »