Amusement and Theme Park Woes

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During 2020, amusement and theme parks have reduced operating days, slashed ticket prices, and closed early for the year because of lower-than-hoped attendance. Questions: In what state have theme and amusement parks been closed since mid-March? What was one of the most surprising issues in the article? Which park has ” social distance squads”? Source:… Read more »

Brave New World: What Will We Lose?

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According to this article, there are 9 everyday experiences that we may not see again. Questions: What are these 9 experiences? Are any of these experiences economically essential? Explain. Which experience do you least agree with as being extinct? Why? Which experience would you add to this list? Source: Pincus-Roth, Z. (2020). 9 everyday experiences… Read more »

A new model for distillery owners

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Through entrepreneurial spirit, craft distilleries are moving into a new business model during the pandemic. Questions: Roughly, how many craft distilleries are there in the U.S.? Why has the pandemic closed or limited tasting room sales? Based on the entrepreneurial spirit of the craft distilleries and according to the article, what does the new model… Read more »

Cyber Security Breaches increase 300 percent for CPAs during Pandemic

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With many accounting practices rushing to provide access for remote employees and clients (without fully understanding security implementations), cyberattacks on CPA practices of all sizes has increased 300 percent during the COVID pandemic. Questions: What do the cybercrimals do as part of a ransomware attack? Why are firewalls and antivirus software no longer enough to… 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 »

Over-Worked and Under-Appreciated

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According to the Washington Post, grocery workers across the country say morale is crushingly low as the pandemic wears on with no end in sight. Questions: Why do grocery workers feel a renewed sense of expendability? Why do grocery workers feel like this is a dead end job? What was different in March and April… Read more »

Sometimes Things Don’t End Up the Way they are Planned

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According to the New York Times, Delta Airline’s foray into oil refining in 2012 illustrates some of the reasons that the business was in trouble even before the pandemic. Questions: What was the bold experiment that Delta Air tried? What were the flaws in Delta’s strategy? What is the most immediate concern of the refinery… Read more »

Accounting for Coronavirus

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According to the Washington Post, some companies are adopting an innovative approach to accounting for the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on their earnings: they’re leaving it out. Questions:  What is Ebitda and why is it so important? How does Ebitdac work? Who’s using it? What is your opinion of this practice? Source: Lindell,… Read more »

New York City Eviction Rates Will Soar Soon

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According to the New York Times, eviction cases are expected to soar in New York City as housing courts reopen and landlords seek to recoup income lost during the pandemic. Questions: What is the estimate of how many eviction actions will be filed in New York City’s housing courts in the coming days? In addition… Read more »

Does This Situation Seem to be Ethically Correct During a Pandemic?

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  HCA Healthcare, one of the world’s wealthiest hospital chains, earning more than $7 billion in the past two years and worth $36 billion, paid its chief executive $26 million in 2019. However, as the pandemic spread across America, HCA did not provide adequate protective gear to medical staff, froze wages for nurses, and has… Read more »