Stock Buybacks are Eating our Lunch!

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According to The Atlantic, a new report finds that big companies could have given their workers thousands of dollars’ worth of raises with the money they spent on their own shares. Questions: 1. Where is money pulled away from when companies use it to buy back stock? 2. Which industries were part of the study?… Read more »

A long-term strategy for electric scooter travel

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According to Axios, Uber is planning a shift in emphasis from cars to electric bicycles and scooters for shorter journeys. Questions: 1. What was the company that Uber acquired? 2. What were Uber’s losses last year? 3. How much did Uber pay for the electric bike-sharing company? 4. What types of risks do you anticipate… Read more »

Bad Way to Encourage People to Use Self-checkout Lines

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This article discusses how many companies are employing aggressive legal tactics and taking advantage of loosely written state laws, to push for restitution even when people have not been convicted of wrongdoing. Questions: 1. How much does shoplifting cost stores each year? 2. What happens in many states to payments made to retailers before court… Read more »

The Fastest Growing Retailer in America: Where Wal-Mart Will Not Tread!

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According to this article, Dollar General, the fastest-growing retailer in America, is blasting across Middle America opening stores at the rate of three a day in failing towns that Wal-Mart won’t go to. Questions: 1. What is the claim that Dollar General makes about its stores and the population that surround them? 2. What are… Read more »

Apple – How High Can You Go?

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Apple made history this week by becoming the first $1 trillion publicly traded U.S. corporation on Thursday. Questions: 1. How many years has it been since the 1st company became a $1 billion U.S. corporation? 2. What company was the first $1 billion U.S. corporation? 3. What companies are close behind Apple’s $1 trillion? 4…. Read more »

A Three-Hour Tour – But Not Gilligan’s Island

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Barbara Carroll’s quick trip to the bank turned into a nearly three-hour ordeal after a Wells Fargo branch accused the 78-year-old black woman of forgery. Questions: 1. How many forms of identification did Ms. Carroll have to show? 2. Why is Ms. Carroll suing the bank and why does she want a jury trial? 3…. Read more »

More Worries About Medical Debt

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Researchers used U.S. Census information paired with anonymous credit report data on more than four million Americans to study the age profile of people whose medical bills were sent to a US collections agency in 2016. Questions: 1. What did they find out about the average size of medical debt for patients 27 to 64?… Read more »

Sudden Resignation

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Fiat Chrysler on Saturday announced the sudden resignation of longtime CEO Sergio Marchionne, who is stepping down due to complications from surgery. Questions: 1. Who will be replacing Sergio? 2. When Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, what happened? 3. What’s the outlook for Dodge and Chrysler? 4. What’s going on with current Fiat sales?… Read more »

Work four and paid for five

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According to the Guardian, the New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success. Questions: 1. What has the company seen to support its claim of success? 2. What does New Zealand’s workplace relations minister say about the results? 3. How many employees participated in the… Read more »

Can the Consumer Resist Company Market Power?

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Goolsbee (2018) addresses the convenience factor and why we are too often bumbled into allowing a company the power to monopolize us. Questions: 1. What did researchers Brent Neiman and Joseph Vavra find out about individual purchases grocery and big-box stores? 2. Based on the Neiman and Vavra study, the more specialized the demand, the… Read more »