Bill seeks FASB Required Study

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Representative Luetkemeyer, a Republican from Missouri, introduced a bill on September 27 in Congress requiring the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to formally study the impact of new accounting standards before finalizing them.  Questions: What Act does the bill seek to apply? What are the three major effects that… Read more »

Nissan and Ghosn Fraud

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According to the Washington Post, Nissan will pay $15 million, and former chairman Carlos Ghosn will pay $1 million to settle allegations by U.S. regulators that they hid more than $140 million of Ghosn’s retirement benefits from investors. Questions: How long was Ghosn CEO of Nissan? What punishment did the SEC impose on Ghosn? Was it for hiding… Read more »

Monte Carlo Simulation

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According to Business Insider, some CEO pay plans are so complicated that a powerful mathematical technique originally developed to understand the behavior of neutrons in an atom bomb explosion is now the most effective way to estimate what they are actually worth. Questions: Where did the inspiration for the Monte Carlo simulation come from (according… Read more »

SEC helps the mom and pop investors

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According to Business Insider, the Securities and Exchange Commission is stepping up scrutiny of mutual fund investments in private companies, according to people with knowledge of the agency’s interest. Questions: What has been the problem with mutual funds investing in companies like Airbnb or WeWork? Which case is notorious for spiking the SEC’s interest in… Read more »

Bitcoin Investment Fads

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According to Bloomberg.com, Bitcoin began the week on a down note, declining as much as 8.7 percent and pushing the biggest cryptocurrency’s decline for March to about 25 percent. Questions: 1. Who has confirmed that it will ban Bitcoin offering advertisements? 2. How is the SEC involved with Bitcoin in recent weeks? 3. Why have… Read more »

Investing In the Name of Christian Values?

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Two new exchange-traded funds offer a “biblically responsible” investing approach by explicitly saying in their regulatory filing that they will avoid buying shares in companies that have “any degree of participation in activities that do not align with biblical values.” According to the New York Times, this includes what they call the lesbian, gay, bisexual… Read more »

Here we Go Again? Another Enron?

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Short-seller and hedge fund manager, Jim Chanos, contends that the Alibaba Group is as problematic in its accounting positions as the now-defunct, corrupt energy giant, Enron. Questions: 1. What part of the company’s operations are most problematic and why? 2. What does cash flow have to do with this story? 3. What does Chanos claim… Read more »

Say it ain’t so, Phil.

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Professional golfer Phil Mickelson was recently named in an SEC complaint regarding insider trading information that he received from William Walters, a sports gambler. Questions: 1. During what period did the insider trading take place? 2. Phil has been named as a “relief defendant.” What does that mean? 3. What shares did Phil buy and… Read more »

Fantasy Accounting?

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According to the New York Times, a recent study shows that 90 percent of companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index reported non-GAAP results last year, which is up from 72 percent in 2009. Questions: 1. Do you think investors truly understand the consequences of this? 2. Which one of the tactics used do… Read more »