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Description: CFRA Research Senior Equity Analyst Garrett Nelson speaks with Yahoo Finance about how traditional automakers and new startups are vying for share in the global electric vehicle market.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report

Date: Dec 03, 2021

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/video/ford-could-become-second-largest-210834617.html?contentType=VIDEO

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key points related to Ford’s stock valuation and future direction.
  • What would you advise investors do?

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Description: Breaking up isn’t hard to do in a bullish market.
General Electric’s announcement last week that it will split into three separate companies was quickly followed by similar news from Johnson & Johnson, which detailed plans to separate its consumer products business from its pharmaceutical and medical device operations.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Date: Nov 16, 2021

Link: https://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/the-breakup-of-ge-and-jj-the-end-of-the-conglomerate/

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the key arguments presented in this discussion.
  • What does this suggest for future business structures?
  • Do you agree with this line of thinking?
  • How should investors use this information?

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Description: Twitter is nearing a turning point, says one top strategist.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Dec 02, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/02/twitter-is-nearing-a-bottom-trader-says-after-ark-invest-buy-in.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What is the basis for this call?
  • Do you agree with the interpretation of the data and management events?

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Description: Bank of Montreal has made it a clean sweep for Canada’s Big Six lenders in dishing out dividend hikes and share buybacks.

Source: BNNBloomberg.ca – video report

Date: Dec 03, 2021

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/big-six-go-six-for-six-as-bmo-hikes-dividend-and-plans-buyback-1.1690652

Questions for discussion:

  • How have Canadian bank shares performed, according to the report?
  • What explains the overall performance?
  • What would you advise investors looking at each bank – buy, hold, or sell?

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Description: Lifestyle and fashion magazine ELLE announced Thursday it is banning fur from all pages of its publications in a move to support animal welfare and reflect changing tastes.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Dec 02, 2021

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/02/1061053897/elle-magazine-ban-fur-from-publications

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the implications of this decision and the publicity from it on the various industries and companies connected to the fur business?
  • Would you expect this decision to impact consumer behavior in related businesses, such as animal based food consumption?
  • How should businesses and investors deal with this trend?

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Description: (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal, who just took the reins from Jack Dorsey this week, is already shaking up the management ranks.

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com/Bloomberg.com

Date: Dec 03, 2021

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/twitter-shuffles-executive-team-following-202309898.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain the shake up at Twitter.
  • What direction would you expect management to take at this time?
  • What advice would you send to management?

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Life insurance may not be the most tantalizing topic, it certainly is important and necessary, if you have loved ones who depend on you financially. This article talks about what you need to know about the basics of life insurance and how to get life insurance quotes.

 

 

Multiple Choice

  1. Life insurance policies
  • Can range from very small to a very high amount
  • Must always designate only one beneficiary
  • Generally, become cheaper the higher the payout
  • Generally, do not get affected by gender, age, or health

 

  1. The primary reason for buying a life insurance policy is
  • To provide safety for yourself
  • To protect your assets
  • To provide safety for those who rely on your financial support
  • To provide a tax-planning tool for low-income earners
  1. Which of the following policy is the most expensive since it offers a guaranteed rate of return?
  • Term Life insurance
  • Permanent Life Insurance
  • Whole Life Insurance
  • Universal Life Insurance
  1. A type of permanent life insurance policy that is targeted at older adults who want a policy that will pay for final expenses is known as
  • Permanent Life Insurance
  • Guaranteed Issue
  • Whole Life insurance
  • Universal Life insurance
  1. Which one of the following is a myth when it comes to life insurance policies?
  • You always need a medical exam before you can get a life insurance policy
  • The younger you are when you buy life insurance, the more affordable it will be
  • Life insurance is more affordable than you think
  • The application process can be fast and easy when purchasing a life insurance policy

 

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Description: If a prominent economist is right, the Federal Reserve’s reaction to skyrocketing inflation is “going to go down in history as one of the worst inflation calls.”

Source: Yahoo.Finance.com

Date: Nov 25, 2021

Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/mohamed-el-erian-says-feds-223000705.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the arguments over the Fed’s decisions?
  • What do you think about the understanding and the decisions dealing with inflation?
  • Are these stock picks good choices regardless of how inflation and interest rates play out?

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Description: Some “stay-at-home” stocks that were pandemic-era darlings have experienced brutal sell-offs.

​Source: NYTimes.com

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/17/business/peloton-zoom-stock.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Summarize the price movements of these so-called stay-at-home stocks.
  • What would you advise investors at this time – buy, sell or hold? Explain your reasoning.

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Description: Nvidia stock rose more than 5% in extended trading after it reported earnings on Wednesday for its third fiscal quarter that beat expectations for both earnings and sales.

Source: CNBC.com – video report

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/17/nvidia-nvda-earnings-q3-2022.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Explain Nvidia’s financial success?
  • How should investors evaluate the stock going forward?
  • Is the industry dividing up into dramatically different chip producers?