Exxon Fraud Case Begins

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According to The Earth Island Journal, New York prosecutors working for then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued their first subpoenas in 2015 to Exxon, claiming that the oil giant used two sets of books and misled investors by downplaying the potential costs of carbon emissions. Next week, the case is actually coming to trial. Questions: Is… Read more »

Embarrassing Track Record

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According to Business Insider, Masayoshi Son, founder of SoftBank Group, told Nikkei Business in an interview that he embarrassed and impatient with where some of the company’s investments are at in 2019. Questions: What were two of SoftBank’s flagship investments and what happened to them? Who was the founder of WeWork and approximately how long… Read more »

Millionaires’ numbers are rising in both 401(k)’s and IRA’s

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According to the Washington Post, the number of employees able to reach millionaire status in their workplace retirement plans has hit record levels. Questions: By how much did the number of Fidelity Investment 401(k) plans increase having $1 million or more over the 1st quarter of the year? Vanguard Investments also saw a spike in… Read more »

An interesting investing strategy

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As Business Insider notes, Goldman Sachs is saying that the wide valuation gap between cheap and expensive stocks could close shortly in favor of bargain hunters.  Questions: Why are investors reassessing the dynamics of value investing (or the strategy of buying stocks that are trading cheaply relative to the broader market)? According to Goldman equity analysts, how… Read more »

Time to take a nap!

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According to the Guardian, more firms are looking into a rested workforce because sleep has an image problem in the business world. Questions 1. What is the definition of sufficient sleep and how do the U.S., U.K, and Japan stack up to this definition> 2. What are some of the reasons for the global sleep-loss… Read more »

You can’t take it with you!

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While Bloomberg indicates that younger generations aren’t saving enough, older Americans are sitting on top of unprecedented piles of assets built through stock market and real estate booms. Questions: 1. What does a new study find about many U.S. retirees? 2. What are the financial statistics for American households and nonprofits according to the article?… Read more »

Transparency Improved or Impeded?

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A little-noticed accounting change is coming down the pike that will have a major impact on business. According to the New York Times, this one has corporate executives up in arms — and scrambling to comply. Questions: 1. What is the title of the new FASB rule? 2. Which equity investments are affected? 3. How… Read more »

Investing In the Name of Christian Values?

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Two new exchange-traded funds offer a “biblically responsible” investing approach by explicitly saying in their regulatory filing that they will avoid buying shares in companies that have “any degree of participation in activities that do not align with biblical values.” According to the New York Times, this includes what they call the lesbian, gay, bisexual… Read more »

A Growing Force in Real Estate

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According to the Washington Post, for the fourth year in a row, buyers from China ranked first among foreign nationals purchasing property in the United States, according to a survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). U.S. home sales to Chinese nationals totaled $27.3 billion — exceeding the total dollar sales figure of the… Read more »

Did Tesla fail drivers or did drivers fail Tesla?

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In the wake of the fatality, Tesla has said that Autopilot is not meant to take over completely for a human driver. Questions: 1. What was the failure for Tesla, if any? What new measures is Tesla implementing? 2. What future plans do other automobile makers have for this technology? 3. Based on the science,… Read more »