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Description: Stocks soared as the results of the US midterm elections panned out as anticipated, with Democrats winning back control of the House of Representatives and Republicans retaining the Senate.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 07, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/stocks-jump-election-results-meet-expectations-143701038.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the dramatic jump in stocks after the elections.
  • Do you expect prices to continue to rise over the next three months?

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Description: Staying focused on the longer-term prize has worked well for Anthony Wood since he founded Roku in 2002.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 07, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/rokus-founder-isnt-fazed-1-billion-market-value-wiped-145936189.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the positive and negative reported news about Roku.
  • Do you think the sell-off is over-done?
  • Does this present a buying opportunity to investors, in your opinion?

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Description: CEO Rich Williams is seeing momentum with card-linked offers that move beyond traditional coupons

Source: MarketWatch.com

Date: Nov 07, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/groupon-ceo-talks-life-after-vouchers-as-stock-heads-for-worst-day-in-18-months-2018-11-07?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

Questions for discussion:

  • Is there a future for this firm?
  • How should investors deal with this stock?

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Description:  Lauren Simmons is both the youngest and only female stock broker currently working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

This 23-year-old is the only full-time female trader at the New York Stock Exchange from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 01, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/06/13/lauren-simmons-is-the-only-full-time-female-trader-at-the-nyse.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Why do you think Lauren Simmons is the only female stock broker on the floor of New York Stock Exchange?
  • How can this imbalance be corrected?

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Description: So much for the midterms. Now the markets can start obsessing about gridlock, impeachment and the 2020 election. And they can resume worrying about bread-and-butter issues like corporate earnings, interest rates and the threat of rising tariffs and recession.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 09, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/09/business/stock-market-midterms-congress.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=9&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the concerns investors should have going forward, according to the report.
  • Do you share these concerens?
  • Do you have others?

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Description: Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, makes sense of the market’s volatility, discusses rates and much more in this one-on-one interview with Mike Santoli.

Ed Yardeni is feeling déjà vu about this market sell-off — here’s what he sees next from CNBC.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Oct 26, 2018

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/video/2018/10/26/ed-yardeni-feeling-deja-vu-about-market-sell-off.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize how Ed Yardeni sees market behavior and the reasons he is optimistic going forward.
  • Why would the Fed want to raise interest rates now, while the economy is doing well? (hint: lowering interest rates helps the economy during recessions)

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Description: In a Chinese Politburo meeting, officials say downward pressure on the economy is continuing. Yahoo Finance’s Seana Smith, Adam Shapiro, Andy Serwer and Mike Murphy of Rosehill Capital discuss.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Nov 01, 2018

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/warning-jack-ma-global-economy-170146340.html?soc_src=hl-viewer&soc_trk=ma

Questions for discussion:

  • Why would a trade war between the U.S. and China induce a global recession?
  • What do you think will happen?
  • How should investors deal with the situation?

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Description: An October beating hurt many stocks

Source: MarketWatch.com – video report

Date: Nov 01, 2018

Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/bottom-fishers-these-stocks-are-within-5-of-their-52-week-lows-2018-11-01

Questions for discussion:

  • What explains the recent declines in these stocks?
  • Why should their present prices interest investors?

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Description:  Apple Inc. gave an underwhelming forecast for the key holiday period suggesting weaker-than-expected demand for pricier new iPhones. The company further stoked concerns by saying it will stop reporting unit sales of its most-important product.

Source: Bloomberg.com – video report

Date: Nov 01, 2018

Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-01/apple-holiday-forecast-misses-analysts-estimates-shares-fall

Questions for discussion:

  • Why did Apple share value fall?
  • Do you think the market overreacted to the announcements?
  • What would you advise current shareholders do now?
  • Would you advise new investors to take advantage of the price drop?

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Description: SAN FRANCISCO — When John Vrionis and Jyoti Bansal set out to raise money this year for their first venture capital fund, Unusual Ventures, industry peers advised them to go after the easy money — sovereign wealth funds like those managed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, which have become major investors in Silicon Valley.

Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 02, 2018

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/technology/start-ups-venture-capital-saudi-arabia.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize what the article says about the ethical concerns facing venture capital funding.
  • Is there any way to truly “know” the source of funds? Does it matter?