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Description: As we’ve been writing, this year’s market action has been a reversal of one of last year’s most important trends, which saw the Dow outperform the Nasdaq by the widest margin in two decades.This year, the Nasdaq is now up 8%, substantially outperforming the Dow’s return of just under 2%.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/the-2023-stock-market-rally-is-facing-its-first-technical-challenge-morning-brief-101822358.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the direction of markets?
  • Do you agree with the analysis?
  • What should investors do at this time?

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Description: Major corporations are buying back their own stock at alarming rates. But whom does the practice really benefit?

Source: TheHustle.co

Date: Jan 23, 2023

Link: https://thehustle.co/what-the-hell-are-stock-buybacks/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made in the article about corporate profits, executive compensation, shareholder value as they relate to buybacks.
  • What does all of this suggest to you about the use of buybacks that investors should take note of?

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Description: Microsoft shares rose as much as 5% in extended trading on Tuesday after the company reported fiscal second-quarter earnings that topped analysts’ estimates.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/24/microsoft-msft-earnings-q2-2023.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about Microsoft financials and stock performance?
  • Would you be an investor in Microsoft at this time?

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Description: Economist Armine Yalnizyan says the kinds of inflationary pressures that exist today make it extremely difficult for the Bank of Canada to tame inflation to about 2 per cent through interest rate hikes.

Source: CBC.ca – video report

Date: Jan 26, 2023

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2165279811808

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points made by Armine Yalnizyan in the report.
  • Given her analysis, what should the bank of Canada and the government of Canada be doing instead of raising interest rates?
  • Do you agree with her analysis and recommendations?

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Description: Many online ad practices are “unfair, deceptive, and privacy-invasive,” Brooklyn Law School professor Jonathan Askin says in a petition filed this month with the Federal Trade Commission.

Source: MediaPost.com

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Link: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/381747/law-professor-urges-ftc-to-regulate-ad-tech.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=headline&utm_campaign=129023&hashid=xIhhTnG4Qdmubrqstxmgaw

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the goal of the petition?
  • Do you think it is justified and regulations should be adopted?
  • What are your thoughts on privacy issues as they relate to online consumer interaction with websites that they may explore and shop at?

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Description: The Gatorade shower is a post-game ritual seen from the Sandlot to the Super Bowl. Celebrations aside, Gatorade is the most popular sports drink in the world, bringing in billions of dollars every year to its parent company, PepsiCo. But Pepsi doesn’t get to keep every dollar. Over the last few years, Pepsi has paid the University of Florida about $20 million annually for the rights to Gatorade. So what’s Florida got to do with Gatorade? And why do they make so much money from it? This original story was written by Mark Dent. To read the original story, visit https://thehustle.co/why-the-universi….

Source: TheHustle.com – video report

Date: Jan 25, 2023

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW9ZmMyLlpA

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the story of Gatorade and how UF came to benefit from the development and branding of the product.
  • Do you think universities should be seeking collaborative projects with businesses?
  • Which products or industries would work best, in your opinion?
  • Imagine and describe one possible example.

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Description: Chart watchers question indicator’s reliability

Source: MarketWatch.com – video report

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/stocks-flash-rare-bull-market-signal-for-first-time-in-nearly-3-years-but-some-have-their-doubts-11674079952

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for this technical analysis?
  • Why is there doubt by some analysts?
  • What do you think the analysis suggests about the market?

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Description: Many of the biggest technology companies are laying off staff as fears of a recession rises. But the job cuts come after a few years of rapid expansion.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Jan 18, 2023

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/18/apple-had-slower-headcount-growth-than-tech-peers-no-layoffs-yet.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why is Apple not laying off employees at this time while other technology firms are?
  • What does this say about the firm’s strategic thinking and its management?

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Description: The environmental movement’s stance on nuclear power was “wrong” and derailed the sector’s development, according to the filmmaker Oliver Stone.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Jan 18, 2023

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/01/18/oliver-stone-slams-environmental-movement-over-actions-on-nuclear.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the arguments revolving around development of nuclear energy.
  • Do you believe someone like Oliver Stone can be an influence on public thinking – including governments and investors?
  • What role do you predict for nuclear energy in North America?

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Description: David Rosenberg took Breakfast with Dave on the road with a live event in Toronto hosted by Rosenberg Research in partnership with the Financial Post. The Year of the Rabbit: Hopping out of the Hole! took an in-depth look into the global financial markets and the economic outlook for 2023.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com/FinancialPost.com

Date: Jan 19, 2023

Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/david-rosenberg-live-inflation-vanish-142226761.html?.tsrc=fin-srch

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key predictions presented in the report.
  • Do you agree with David Rosenberg’s thinking?
  • What would you advise investors do at this time?