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Description: Howard Schultz stepping down as Starbucks CEO

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Dec 02, 2016

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/investing/2016/12/01/howard-schultz-resigns-starbucks.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why did the company stock price fall on this news?
  • Do you think the risk level for investors going forward will increase?

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Description: Trump claims victory at Carrier, but critics aren’t so sure

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Dec 01, 2016

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2016/12/01/trump-carrier-victory-speech-critics.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the concerns about the intervention at Carrier?
  • Do you think this sets precedence for other businesses?
  • How should business managers deal with this item?
  • How should investors?

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Description: INDIANAPOLIS — By the time the Rust Belt turned red on election night, Carrier had to know the call was coming.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Dec 01, 2016

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/01/business/economy/trump-carrier-pence-jobs.html

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the economic arguments presented in this article?
  • What do you think is the best way to encourage businesses to remain in the US?

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Description: Canada’s getting its mojo back. Prospects for the country turned a corner this week as OPEC put a floor under oil prices, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau approved two oil pipeline projects and economic data surprised to the upside, offering relief after two years of lackluster growth on crude’s rout.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Dec 01, 2016

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-01/it-s-all-good-for-canada-as-oil-rally-points-to-more-stock-gains

Questions for discussion:

  • What explains improving markets in Canada?
  • Which US industries are likely to benefit from this economic activity?
  • How should investors respond?

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Description: One of the toughest lessons I’ve learned in life either as a parent, entrepreneur or portfolio manager is when to act and when not to act. I’ve come to the realization, quite often the hard way, that there are times when we do not have real control over certain events and/or circumstances and that by acting it can make things worse rather than resolving the problem at hand.

Source: FinancialPost.com

Date: Nov 30, 2016

Link: http://business.financialpost.com/investing/investing-pro/free-market-manipulations-are-only-delaying-the-day-of-reckoning

Questions for Discussions:

  • What is the argument presented in this article?
  • Do you agree?

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Description: The U.S. stock market is partying like it’s 1999.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 25, 2016

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-25/u-s-stocks-rise-to-record-as-trump-rally-goes-on-for-third-week

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize what has happened in markets recently and the reasons presented in this report.
  • Do you think this is a start of a Santa Claus rally?

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Description: His 1999 thought on annual returns were on point.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Nov 22, 2016

Link: http://for.tn/2gec1Cj

Questions for Discussions:

  • What were Warren Buffett’s predictions?
  • Why do you think he was able to be so accurate?
  • Do you think a 6% return is “fair” return to investors?

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Description: CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Gold will have to decline even further before contrarian analysis flashes a buy signal.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 24, 2016

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-gold-hasnt-yet-hit-bottom-2016-11-23

Questions for Discussions:

  • Summarize what is happening in the gold market?
  • What do you think will happen in the near future?

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Description: Apple Inc. took a record majority of world-wide smartphone profit share in the third quarter as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. plunged in the wake of the disastrous Note 7 recall.

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 25, 2016

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apple-nabs-obscene-share-of-smartphone-profit-thanks-to-samsungs-note-7-debacle-2016-11-25

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the financial consequences of Samsung’s problems this year?
  • Do you think the firm can recover by next year?

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Description: Wells Fargo has asked a Federal District Court to order dozens of customers who are suing the bank over the opening of unauthorized accounts to resolve their disputes in private arbitrations instead of court, according to legal documents.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 24, 2016

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/24/business/wells-fargo-asks-court-to-force-customers-to-arbitration-in-fake-accounts-cases.html?ref=business&_r=0

Questions for Discussions:

  • What are the managerial and financial issues in this case?
  • What do you think the courts will decide?