Reining in Crypto

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According to the New York Times, the SEC fined cryptocurrency lending firm Nexo for violating federal securities law. Questions: Source: Yaffe-Bellany, D. (2023) Crypto Lender Nexo Is Fined $45 Million as Crackdown Widens. The New York Times, Jan. 19 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/19/business/nexo-sec-crypto-fined.html?)

How Common is Securities Fraud?

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According to a new study, ten percent of public companies commit securities fraud each year. Questions: Source: Livni, E. (2023) Just How Common Is Corporate Fraud? The New York Times, Jan. 14 (Retrievable online at https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/14/business/dealbook/how-common-is-corporate-fraud.html?)

More Than Three Years of Legal Battles End in Settlement

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According to the Washington Post, Juul Labs, an e-cigarette manufacturer, announced that it reached a settlement with almost 10,000 plaintiffs for 5,000 cases alleging nicotine addiction and other health problems. Questions: Which company partially owns Juul? What long-term health consequences have e-cigarettes been linked to? In September, a lawsuit was brought by 33 U.S. states… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Two Sets of Books

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According to the New York Times, a congressional committee looking into wrongdoing within the Washington Commanders N.F.L. franchise referred the case to the Federal Trade Commission. Questions: What did the 20-page letter to the FTC allege? What is the basis of the team’s categorical denial of financial impropriety? If true, what would the allegations mean… Read more »

Diversity Disclosures

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On this MLK day, we take a look at diversity disclosures and the S&P as detailed by Richard Binder at BenefitsPro.com. Questions: According to McKinsey & Company, how long will it take for Black workers to reach talent parity across all levels in the private sector? However, if promotion, attrition, and external hiring rates were… Read more »

COVID Disclosures

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According to a new KPMG report, audit committees will have fuller plates than usual in the coming year as a result of managing agendas packed with new risk management responsibilities amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and other crises of 2020 Questions How many issues has KPMG identified that audit committees will have to… Read more »

Another Walmart PR disaster

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Walmart’s disabled greeters are being replaced by “customer hosts,” with growing responsibilities. Questions: 1. Why has this been such a PR disaster for the company? 2. How many days were the greeters given to find new jobs? 3. What is the new job of “customer hosts” meant to do? 4. What are your thoughts about… Read more »