Hong Kong’s Duty

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According to Bloomberg, even though Hong Kong’s stock market hit record highs this month, the turnover is too low. Now the exchange operator is considering asking the government to remove or reduce a tax on stock transactions. Questions: 1. What is the current stamp duty on both sides of the trade and what does that… Read more »

It all depends on you!

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According to the New York Times, Disney has decided to commit to a legacy move by doubling down on the concept of streaming. At its side will be a little-known company known as Bam Tech. Questions: 1. Describe Bam Tech’s record of service and why it is so attractive to Disney. 2. From a strategic… Read more »

Risky Takeover?

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According to Reuters, Qualcomm, a U.S. smartphone chipmaker, has offered concessions in an attempt to allay EU antitrust concerns over its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors, the largest ever in the semiconductor industry. Questions: 1. What are Qualcomm’s chips used for? 2. What is the EU Commission’s greatest concern about this merger? 3. What was… Read more »

Poor EDGAR!

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According to Reuters, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Wall Street’s top regulator, has discovered a vulnerability in its corporate filing database that could cause the system to collapse. Questions: 1. What type of risks did the internal memo detail? 2. When was the discovery made? 3. What types of entries could bring the… Read more »

Change Afoot?

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According to the Guardian, fathers and adoptive parents are demanding more paid family leave similar to that paid to new moms. Executives were confronted at the annual meeting of Starbucks shareholders in March by a barista claiming unequal family leave for some. Questions: 1.What group is going to pressure the company to be more equal… Read more »

More Blues for College Borrowers in the For-Profit College Environment

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According to the Associated Press, tens of thousands of former students who say they were swindled by for-profit colleges are being left in limbo as the Trump administration delays action on requests for loan forgiveness. Questions: 1. Why is the Department of Education sitting on the claims? How many claims are there? 2. Who has… Read more »

Now you see it, now you don’t! The disappearing down payment!

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Because many real estate markets across the U.S. are in the middle of an affordability crisis, the trend of rising home prices, tight access to credit, and slow homebuilding has resulted in a group of millennials that cannot find enough rentals, but do not have a downpayment for buying new homes. That’s where Unison Home… Read more »

Hurricane Harvey cruises

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As Hurricane Harvey begans to bear down on Texas, thousands of vacationers aboard cruise ships were left stuck at sea until the storm passed. Questions: 1. Approximately how many vacationers were stuck at sea near Galveston, Texas? 2. If guests wished to terminate their cruise, where were they taken to dock? 3. If you were… Read more »

Bachelor Parties and Millennials

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According to Time magazine, millennials spend an average of $1,532 to be a guest at a single weekend for a bachelor party. Questions: 1. How much on average do millennials spend to be a guest at bachelorette parties? 2. How much on average do millennials spend on the big day of the wedding? 3. Does… Read more »

What would you do?

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According to the Washington Post, the residents of Presidio Terrace, which is an oval-shaped privately owned street commonly known as one of the most exclusive communities in San Francisco, learned the that someone could buy their entire street. Questions: 1. Why was it possible to own Presidio Terrace? 2. How many bidders did Ms. Lam… Read more »