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 »

A Place Where Electricity Costs More than your Mortgage Payment

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In Itta Bena, Mississippi, it is not uncommon to receive an electricity bill that is more than you pay for a monthly mortgage. Questions: When residents complained about the high cost of electricity, what did they find out? What type of structural changes are contributing to the high utilities prices in this small town? What… Read more »

Remote Work has Consequences for Taxes

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According to the New York Times, if you decided to ride out the pandemic at your out-of-state vacation house or with your parents in the suburbs, you may be in for an unpleasant reality: a hefty tax bill. Questions: What are the rules if you work in one state and live in another? Is there… Read more »

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 »