IPO Fever

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U.S. companies are on track to raise the most money through initial public offerings since before the financial crisis. It appears that this trend is driven by the same thirst for risk among investors that has pushed the stock market to new highs. Questions 1. Based on the information given in this article, what is… Read more »

JPMorgan Chase: Transition from Model Citizen to Problem Child in the Eyes of the Government

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According to The New York Times, government investigators have found that JPMorgan Chase devised “manipulative schemes” that transformed “money-losing power plants into powerful profit centers.” In addition, they allege that one of its most senior executives gave “false and misleading statements” under oath. Questions: 1. Who is Jamie Dimon; who is Blythe Masters? 2. At… Read more »

Trolling for Patent Infringement Cases

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One of the most striking results of a new academic study is that in 2012, litigation by patent monetization entities now represents a majority of the patent litigation filed in the United States. Specifically, patent monetization entities filed 58% of the patent lawsuits in 2012. This is a sharp rise from 2007, when patent monetization… Read more »

The Saga of Derek Jeter and Taxes

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When I saw that Derek Jeter was in the news this week for changing residences from New York to Florida to lower his taxes, it made me wonder about what ever happened to Christian Lopez. Christian, a 23-year-old cellphone salesman from Highland Mills, N.Y, was the fan that caught Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit and returned… Read more »

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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Even though Dodd-Frank legislation is suppose to keep our financial system safe from another crisis like the one that happened in 2008, a newly released Senate report disproves this. Questions: 1. According to the report detailing the trading fiasco, what are some of the signs that this could happen again? 2. What was the trend… Read more »

Car Rental Cost Cutting

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While the car rental rate might look like a bargain at the beginning, watch out for sticker shock once you get the final bill for your rental car! Be sure to read the fine print in the car rental contract and learn how to avoid the optional services that rental companies offer. Questions: 1. How… Read more »

Watch Out for On-The-Lot Financing

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Since many banks will not give auto loans to people with bad credit or no credit, due to increased restrictions or risk, on-the-lot financing has become more popular. Unfortunately, since Buy-Here-Pay-Here financing is not strictly regulated, interest rates can be quite high. Questions: 1. What are the benefits of on-the-lot financing? 2. What are the… Read more »

Read this if you are thinking about Law School

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According to Ethan Bronner at the New York Times, law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation. Questions: 1. Summarize the recent trend in the number of applications to law schools. 2. What are your views on… Read more »

Hyundai & Kia overstated mileage

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Hyundai Motors America and Kia Motors America are being forced to lower the fuel economy estimates on the majority of their 2012-13 models after an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency found that the companies overstated the fuel efficiency numbers for their vehicles in previous years. Based on the audit, they will also have to… Read more »

Exploding Water Pipe – Fraud Alert

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Forty-five government entities are now joining whistleblower John Hendrix’s suit against JM Eagle. The suit alledges that the largest PVC pipe manufacturer committed fraud by intentionally selling pipe to governments, where the company’s internal quality controls showed 50 to 80 percent failure rates. Questions: 1. What was Hendrix’s position with the firm and what did… Read more »