Lufthansa to Pay Back Bailout

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Deutsche Lufthansa AG plans to raise 2.14 billion euros ($2.5 billion) through a heavily discounted share sale as it strives to repay a German government coronavirus bailout. Questions: How will the airline group raise the money to repay this bailout? What does Lufthansa avoid with full repayment? What are the expectation of the airline for… Read more »

The Coronavirus Testing Procurement Audit

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According to the Washington Post, according to a Maryland state audit, procurement regulations where not followed when the Maryland administration bought 500,000 COVID-19 tests from a South Korean company last year and the first batch of tests that later had to be replaced for an additional $2.5 million was not authorized by the U.S. Food… Read more »

Ransomware Update

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According to Techrepublic.com, cybercriminals have attacked hospitals and other healthcare organizations with double-extortion ransomware attacks during the COVID pandemic. Questions: What is a double-extortion ransomware attack and how many different ransomware variants are now using the double-extortion plot? Why are cybercriminals focusing on hospitals and other healthcare organizations with these even bolder types of attacks?… Read more »

Is the Power of Boredom Reshaping our Economy?

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According to the New York Times, due to the pandemic, tedium is reshaping what people buy and how productive they are. Questions: What are some of the economic consequences of the pandemic that are noted in the article? The author of this article describes the pandemic as producing a collective sense of ennui. Define the… Read more »

Slippery Slope or A Good Option for Turbulent Times?

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According to the Washington Post, shoppers who use pay-later options tend to spend more and buy more frequently than those who do not. Questions: How much are these buy-now, pay-later services going to grow by 2025? What national chains now have bi-weekly arrangements with customers for everyday purchases? Why are consumer protection experts warning against… Read more »

Tax Policy: Not boring anymore

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According to the New York Times, tax policy used to be fairly boring and predictable. But in the past decade, it has become dynamic in a way that tax advisers don’t like: It changes with the political party in power. Questions: According to the article, changes for tax advisers with the political party in power… Read more »

Dollar General Pays Employees to Get COVID vaccination

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According to the Washington Post, Dollar General workers who get the COVID vaccine will be rewarded with four hours of pay. This makes the company one of the first major retailers to incentivize inoculations for its workforce. Questions: What is the base rate for Dollar General workers? What barrier does the company hope to break down… 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 »

SEC goes after COVID disclosures

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According to Accounting Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it has settled charges against Cheesecake Factory Inc. over “materially false and misleading” statements after the restaurant chain failed to disclose the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. Questions: What was the penalty? According to SEC’s order, how much was… Read more »

The Digital World Wins

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This very interesting article in the New York Times details how robotics has helped revive Savile Row, an area in London where tailoring companies established as early as 1819, work to survive the pandemic. Questions: In what ways does the company use robotics? How did the quarantines sap profits and the way the companies usually… Read more »