HUUUUGGGGGEEEEE Shift!

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In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the U.S. economy, a Harvard University poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism. Questions: 1. What percentage supported socialism? 2. Why are the results of the survey difficult to interpret? 3. What did the survey say about health insurance? 4. What did you… Read more »

What a Heist!

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Swift — the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication — is billed as a supersecure system that banks use to authorize payments from one account to another. However, last week, Swift announced that hackers had captured $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank in February and that other similar heists have been attempted. Questions: 1. According… Read more »

The benefits of offshore without leaving the country

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For wealthy Americans looking to veil their assets and shield some of their income from taxation, there is no need to go to Panama or any other offshore tax haven. According to the New York Times, it’s easy to establish a shell corporation right here at home and virtually no questions are asked. Questions: 1…. Read more »

Sick Leave? How does it hurt business?

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Many people go to work even when they are sick. But should this happen in the restaurant industry? As Chipotle found out outbreaks of norovirus, E. coli and salmonella can devastate business. This article discusses the lack of sick leave in the restaurant business and how food workers are the source of about 70% of… Read more »

A New Concept

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Because of a scramble to locate baby food at night, Robert Ilijason decided to open Sweden’s first unstaffed convenience store. The 39-year old IT specialist now owns a 24-hour convenience store that has no cashier. Questions: 1. How do the customers pay for their purchases? 2. How is the store monitored? What types of controls… Read more »

Secret Buyers of Real Estate Targeted

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In an unprecedented move, the Treasury Department will begin identifying and tracking cash sales of real estate in an effort to expose money laundering and secret buyers of high-end properties. Questions: 1.At which locations will the new initiative begin? 2. Is the use of shell companies legal in real estate? 3. How will the real… Read more »

Will it Work?

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Norovirus, salmonella, and E. Coli outbreaks during 2015 at fresh food restaurants run by Chipotle have cost a huge loss of business. However, in mid-February, the chain plans a strategic marketing campaign aimed at trying to bring these customers back. Questions: 1. By how much did comparable restaurant sales fall in the fourth quarter of… Read more »

Weird Thought Experiment

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As Powerball mania and the promise of $1.6 Billion swept the airways, Andy Kiersz came up with his own idea on how to win. Unfortunately, it would require 189,000 people filling out all the possible Powerball combinations on those annoying scantrons, working 10 hours a day at a rate of 50 tickets per hour. Questions:… Read more »

Paranoia or Internal Control?

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Red Star Operating System is North Korea’s homegrown computer operating system that mirrors its political one. The latest version (circa 2013) is based on a version of Linux called Fedora and has the feel of Apple’s OSX. Questions: 1. What are the two major challenges the article said that Pyongyang faces? From an international business… Read more »

Stagefright!

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According to Jeff Larson, for the last five months, military officials and officers have continued to use phones that can be attacked by the “Stagefright” bugs, a collection of flaws in the phones’ software code that gives attackers access to everything that flows through compromised devices. Questions: 1. How is the military adding to the… Read more »