Big Bad Pharma

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According to the New York Times, Trump administration officials are seeking ways to lower drug costs but target pharmaceutical companies that refuse to provide samples of their products to generic drug companies, making it impossible to create inexpensive generic copies of a brand-name medicine. Questions: 1. Argue both sides of this issue as a good… Read more »

Branson

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In a ballroom of a mountain lodge, diversity coach Miguel Joey Aviles, asked whether anyone knew how to merengue. Only two replied: Yes. These were Branson Missouri managers, who said they’re desperate for employees and are paying $50 each for the workshop. They came from hotels, hospitals, hardware stores and banks. The goal of “Hispanics… Read more »

Trickle Down Tax Cuts from 2017

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Berkshire recorded a hefty windfall from the tax bill that Congress passed at the end of last year. Questions: 1. According to the article, the 2017 tax cut was 2/3 of Berkshire Hathaway’s 2017 Earnings. How much were the earnings and how much (in dollars) was the tax cut? 2. In the past, how did… Read more »

Yummy!

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A team of scientists is hard at work behind the scenes to make meat by developing cell lines of various species of animals. Hampton Creek (now called JUST) is among a handful of startups with the goal of bringing “clean meat” and other cultured animal products into the mainstream. Questions: 1. What is the value… Read more »

Amazon can find you

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Amazon has patented designs for a wristband to be worn by warehouse employees that can precisely track where they are placing their hands and even use vibrations to nudge them in different directions. Questions: 1. What type of tracking is used? 2. What type of security implications do these bracelets have? 3. What was the… Read more »

More worries at Wells Fargo

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As the third-largest bank continues to suffer under a sales scandal that happened in 2016, Wells Fargo & Co detailed new regulatory restrictions imposed by the U.S. Federal Reserve. This news sent its shares down sharply in after-hours trading. Questions: 1. What are the growth restrictions on the bank imposed by the Feds? 2. Why… Read more »

Big Deal

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According to Reuters, Aetna Inc’s board of directors approved the U.S. health insurer’s sale to drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp for approximately $207 per share in cash and stock. As such, this $69 billion deal will be the largest corporate acquisition. Questions: 1. What will Aetna shareholders receive? 2. What will happen to Aetna’s… Read more »

Walmart Gaining on Amazon!

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According to the Washington Post, Walmart, which has worked hard to shed its image as an old-school retailer, recently offered proof that its efforts are working: Online sales rose 50 percent, the company said, as more Americans flocked to Walmart.com for everyday items. Questions: 1. After the announcement about the increase in online sales, what… Read more »

The Movie Thor Rocks!

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“Thor: Ragnarok” rocked the box office for the second weekend in a row. Questions: 1. What was the movie’s competition? 2. Who stars in the movie? 3. How much has the box-office success taken in since opening? 4. Research this one: How does accounting in the movie industry vary from other industries? Source: Staff. (2017)… Read more »

What a Business Model!

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In 2008, a thriving company named Science Care Inc developed a 55-page national expansion plan. Read what happened! Questions: 1. What was the company’s goal? 2. What company did Science Care Inc. model? 3. How much did the company earn From 2012 through 2014? 4. If a person donates a whole body when they die,… Read more »