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Description: The founder and CEO explains the future of fintech

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Sep 22, 2016

Link: http://for.tn/2cuw6kO

Questions for discussion:

  • How has Jon Stein differentiated Betterment from competitors?
  • Do you think the strategy will remain successful in the long run?

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Description: A Wells Fargo investor is pressuring the bank to punish executives who oversaw a massive fake account fraud.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 20, 2016

Link: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2016/09/20/wells-fargo-ceo-warren.cnnmoney/

Questions for Discussions:

  • Do you think the critical review of Wells Fargo by Elizabeth Warren is fair?
  • Should the CEO be held financially and criminally responsible for this fiasco?

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Description: Their 12-month price targets range from 11% upside potential to 35%

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 24, 2016

Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/these-are-the-nine-most-beloved-stocks-on-wall-street-today-2016-09-22

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why are these stocks popular?
  • What do you think of their potential?

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Description: Twitter has long positioned itself as a global town square where anyone — celebrities, politicians, athletes, and you and me — can chat in 140-character messages and find out about whatever is happening in the moment.

Source: NYTimes.com and CNBC.com – video report

Date: Sep 24, 2016

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/24/business/dealbook/twitter-sale.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FMergers%2C%20Acquisitions%20and%20Divestitures&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=collection

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about moves at Twitter and the reasons for interest in acquiring the firm?
  • How would you evaluate the firm for acquisition purposes?

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Description: Burton Malkiel has been saying the same thing about investing for more than 40 years. What’s new is that a big chunk of the financial industry now admits he was right all along.

Source: Bloomberg.com

Date: Sep 22, 2016

Link: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-22/the-professor-who-was-right-about-index-funds-all-along

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what Burton Malkiel has been saying?
  • What do you think of these arguments today, looking ahead?

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Description: New CEO Joel Manby has a plan to turn the park around.

Source: Fortune.com – video report

Date: Sep 14, 2016

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

Questions for discussion:

  • Do you think the company and new management offer investors a second look?
  • What are the risks involved for investors?

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Description: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has lost a lot of money (on paper) in Wells Fargo since the bank was fined by regulators for creating fake accounts. But Buffett hasn’t said a word.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 14, 2016

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/14/investing/warren-buffett-berkshire-hathaway-wells-fargo-fake-account-scandal/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom

Questions for Discussions:

  • What does this report say about the culture at the bank?
  • Why do you suppose Warren Buffett has reserved commentary?
  • What would you expect Buffett to do?

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Description: Apple (AAPL, Tech30) stock surged more than 4% Wednesday afternoon while the broader market was mostly flat.

Source: CNNMoney.com – video report

Date: Sep 14, 2016

Link: http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/14/investing/apple-stock-iphone-7-samsung/index.html?iid=hp-stack-dom

Questions for Discussions:

  • Why has Apple stock soared recently, according to the report?
  • Would you be a buyer now?

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Description: Some analysts are estimating a 30%-50% chance that the merger will close.

Source: Fortune.com

Date: Sep 14, 2016

Link: http://fortune.com/2016/09/14/monsanto-bayer-deal-3/

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for doubting the approval of the merger?
  • Do you think it is a good deal for the industry?