The Volcker Rule

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Regulators released a proposal on Oct. 11 known as the Volcker Rule, which is aimed at overhauling how the banking industry carries out its trading activity. The proposal, spanning about 300 pages, includes provisions that scrutinize how banks collect revenue, award compensation and track their compliance with the Volcker Rule. According to financial industry lawyers and lobbyists these will challenge… Read more »

New Banking Fees

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Customers are frustrated by new controversial fees from banks. However, they are finding out that it is not so easy to disentangle your life from your bank. Questions: 1. What does the article list as the main reason(s) that customers will stay with a bank, even though they are unhappy about new fees? 2. Which… Read more »

Food – Beautiful – Food!

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Have you ever wondered how restaurant chains get the food to look so good on TV?  This is the work of a micro-niche of advertising.  While you may not know the names of the directors, like your favorite movie, there are five or six major players in this industry that fill the $4 billion in… Read more »

Expensive Snacks?

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By now you have probably heard that an audit of the Department of Justice by the Inspector General says that taxpayer money was wasted on overpriced food and drinks. At one conference, the DOJ spent $4200 on 250 muffins–that’s about $16 a muffin. But what did the report actually say? Considering the EOIR reported that… Read more »

Tax Breaks Galore in Video Games

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The United States government offers tax incentives to companies pursuing medical breakthroughs, urban redevelopment and alternatives to fossil fuels, but also to video game producers. They are able to combine tax breaks across software development, the entertainment industry, and online retailing for a bonanza effect. Electronic Arts, founded in 1982, has since become one of… Read more »

Ostrich Farming, Anyone?

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Ostrich meat, although poultry is red, not white like most other birds. This red meat, which looks and tastes much like beef, is lower in fat, calories and cholesterol than not only beef, but also white meats like chicken and turkey. Ostriches belong to a family of birds called ratites, which includes emus and rheas… Read more »

Maybe he should have taken an accounting course?

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Former Director Tom Wheeler is on trial, charged with several counts of fraud, misconduct in office and conspiracy. Wheeler has pleaded not guilty to the charges.  His defense focuses on his lack of experience, being a bad student in college, and not taking an accounting or law class. Questions: 1.  Why was Mr. Wheeler charged… Read more »

Made in America

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More than 60 billion sets of chopsticks are produced every year in China, so you’d have thought they would be making enough. But a chopstick shortage is growing in the Far East, prompting a U.S. company in Georgia to start exporting millions to the country. Georgia Chopsticks is producing an incredible two million sets of… Read more »

What’s the news about Spotify?

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Online music service Spotify has launched what it hopes to be an iTunes rival, allowing users to synch music on their iPods and other MP3 players without using Apple’s proprietary service. Can Spotify’s success in Europe be repeated on American soil? This question should be put to test starting now as the music-streaming company officially… Read more »

The Comeback Kid?

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Pandora, an online radio service, had a public offering of stock on June 15, 2011. Many are saying that its success in the public offering is part of a new tech bubble in the stock market. As of April had 90 million registered members, which is up from 80 million in February. Its members racked… Read more »