Lufthansa to Pay Back Bailout

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Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to raise 2.14 billion euros ($2.5 billion) through a heavily discounted share sale as it strives to repay a German government coronavirus bailout. Questions: How will the airline group raise the money to repay this bailout? What does Lufthansa avoid with full repayment? What are the expectation of the airline for… Read more »

The Coronavirus Testing Procurement Audit

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According to the Washington Post, according to a Maryland state audit, procurement regulations where not followed when the Maryland administration bought 500,000 COVID-19 tests from a South Korean company last year and the first batch of tests that later had to be replaced for an additional $2.5 million was not authorized by the U.S. Food… Read more »

Theaters making a BIG comeback

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According to the Washington Post, Mooky Greidinger, the chief executive of Cineworld, believes that really bright days are ahead of the movie theater industry. Questions What is the theatrical window and how does it impact the U.S. movie theater industry? What is delaying the quick comeback of movie theaters in Europe? How is Cineworld and… Read more »

Ransomware Update

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According to Techrepublic.com, cybercriminals have attacked hospitals and other healthcare organizations with double-extortion ransomware attacks during the COVID pandemic. Questions: What is a double-extortion ransomware attack and how many different ransomware variants are now using the double-extortion plot? Why are cybercriminals focusing on hospitals and other healthcare organizations with these even bolder types of attacks?… Read more »

More about the “Make Amazon Pay” coalition

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According to the New York Times, Amazon surpasses all largest private employers in adding the number of workers in a single year. Despite this, the costs to workers is not covered by the online giant. Questions: Why does the article claim that health benefits and a 401(k) is not enough to compensate employees? Why was… Read more »

Is the Power of Boredom Reshaping our Economy?

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According to the New York Times, due to the pandemic, tedium is reshaping what people buy and how productive they are. Questions: What are some of the economic consequences of the pandemic that are noted in the article? The author of this article describes the pandemic as producing a collective sense of ennui. Define the… Read more »

Not a Very Magical Kingdom

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According to the Washington Post, COVID-19 continued to hammer Disney in the final months of 2020, with the company’s revenue dropping 22 percent over the holiday period and a much smaller profit than usual. Questions Was the revenue better or worse for October to December 2021 than analysts predicted and by how much? What was Disney’s… Read more »

Tax Policy: Not boring anymore

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According to the New York Times, tax policy used to be fairly boring and predictable. But in the past decade, it has become dynamic in a way that tax advisers don’t like: It changes with the political party in power. Questions: According to the article, changes for tax advisers with the political party in power… Read more »

Dollar General Pays Employees to Get COVID vaccination

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According to the Washington Post, Dollar General workers who get the COVID vaccine will be rewarded with four hours of pay. This makes the company one of the first major retailers to incentivize inoculations for its workforce. Questions: What is the base rate for Dollar General workers? What barrier does the company hope to break down… Read more »