Big Shakeup!

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The Securities and Exchange Commission abruptly removed William Duhnke as chairman of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.  Questions: According to the new chair, what does this firing report to do? Why has the PCAOB come under recent scrutiny? How long has Duhnke been chair? According to the article, why shouldn’t PCAOB members be replaced… Read more »

Trustify cannot be Trusted

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According to the Washington Post, the CEO for a sort of “Uber for private investigators” called Trustify was sentenced to 97 months this week for fraud. Questions: What is the CEO’s name and age? Did the company make a profit? Explain. Originally the CEO was sentenced for 9 years. Why was his sentence shortened? How… Read more »

Redemption for Volkswagen

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According to the New York Times, executives at Volkswagen made a commitment to electric vehicles that now is paying off after the diesel scandal five years ago. Questions: According to the article, what is the ID.4 and when will it be available to customers? Why did the article say that Volkswagen’s entrance into the electric… Read more »

GE owes $200 Million fine

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According to Accounting today, General Electric Co. was fined $200 million for allegedly misleading investors about the finances of its gas-power unit, as well as a run-off insurance business. Questions: According to the article, what did GE fail to explain to its shareholders? What is GE required to report for the first year to the… Read more »

Next Time Wear a Cold Water Wetsuit

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According to CBS, Sacramento, a fleeing Ponzi scheme suspect is now in custody after a daring escape on a submersible scooter from FBI agents. Questions Who is the subject and what is alleged? Where did this take place? How long had the subject been under FBI surveillance? What is the sentence that the subject faces?… Read more »

Hedge Funds Feed off of the Troubles at Malls

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According to the New York Times, as the COVID pandemic accelerates the demise of some brick-and-mortar retailers, hedge fund investors profit handsomely. Questions: Who was Catie McKee, hedge fund analyst talking to last October about her investment strategy? How much did the investor(s) make for the trade within Ms. McKee’s firm that more than doubled… Read more »

Trouble in Movie Theater Land

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Many on Wall Street are betting against AMC Entertainment. Its stock has plunged 75%, erasing nearly $3 billion in market cap. Questions: What factors are hurting AMC sales numbers? Over what period has AMC the drop in sales? What has happened to the theater chain’s free cash flow and debt? Source: Sullivan, C. and A…. Read more »

Another IPO in Albertson’s future?

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After failing multiple times to go public, Albertsons’ grocery chain is launching an IPO valued at around $19 billion. Questions: When did Albertsons previously try to go public? Who is Albertsons’ private equity investor and how long have they been invested in Albertsons? How much is Albertsons’ net debt, excluding leases? Why didn’t Albertsons’ merger… Read more »

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 »

Nissan and Ghosn Fraud

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According to the Washington Post, Nissan will pay $15 million, and former chairman Carlos Ghosn will pay $1 million to settle allegations by U.S. regulators that they hid more than $140 million of Ghosn’s retirement benefits from investors. Questions: How long was Ghosn CEO of Nissan? What punishment did the SEC impose on Ghosn? Was it for hiding… Read more »