Better Late than Never

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Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) would undergo its first-ever, financial audit beginning this month. Questions: 1. How many auditors will be tasked with spreading out across the department to examine the records? 2. How much in assets is it estimated that the Pentagon has? 3. According to Norquist,… Read more »

The Movie Thor Rocks!

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“Thor: Ragnarok” rocked the box office for the second weekend in a row. Questions: 1. What was the movie’s competition? 2. Who stars in the movie? 3. How much has the box-office success taken in since opening? 4. Research this one: How does accounting in the movie industry vary from other industries? Source: Staff. (2017)… Read more »

Vulnerable for a Takeover?

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Broadcom LTD made an unsolicited $103 billion bid for Qualcomm to set the stage for a major takeover of the chipmaker and dominate the market of semiconductors used in mobile phones. Questions: 1. What is Qualcomm’s take on this bid? 2. Would this deal cause a monopoly? 3. What are the terms of the deal?… Read more »

Good Bye Old Friend!

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According to Axios, Sears and Whirlpool are severing ties after a 101-year relationship. You will no longer be able to buy Whirlpool appliances at Sears, but Whirlpool will still make Kenmore appliances for the firm. Questions: 1. Why does this matter? 2. What other relationships has Sears changed in the recent past? 3. What did… Read more »

A New Service from Amazon

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According to Reuters, Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer, announced the premier of Amazon Key – a lock and camera system that users control remotely to let delivery associates slip goods into their houses. Questions: 1. What will be the cost? 2. How do you maintain privacy? 3. What is Wal-Mart testing that is a… Read more »

Navient – Student Loan Corp. Look Out!

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The call has gone out for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate possible insider trading of shares of student loan company Navient Corporation. Questions: 1. Who has asked the SEC to do this? 2. Why do the Senators suspect this? 3. What are the implications of the details surrounding the trades? Source: Nasiripour,… Read more »

It all depends on you!

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According to the New York Times, Disney has decided to commit to a legacy move by doubling down on the concept of streaming. At its side will be a little-known company known as Bam Tech. Questions: 1. Describe Bam Tech’s record of service and why it is so attractive to Disney. 2. From a strategic… Read more »

Poor EDGAR!

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According to Reuters, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street’s top regulator, has discovered a vulnerability in its corporate filing database that could cause the system to collapse. Questions: 1. What type of risks did the internal memo detail? 2. When was the discovery made? 3. What types of entries could bring the… Read more »

Let’s Eat with Amazon!

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According to Reuters, “Amazon.com Inc is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business.” Questions: 1. What are some of the dishes that Amazon plans to offer? 2. What… Read more »